February 2018 - In This Issue:
Welcome New Volunteers
We have added a number of new faces to the House since the first of the year. We recently oriented 31 new volunteers. Many are training to become Guest Services Volunteers (GSV) while others are primarily helping in other roles. Please join us in welcoming them.

Ahmed Alaliew - GSV at Limestone
Liz Barrasas - Operations Assistant
Vickie Barton - GSV at Limestone
Kurt Bassett - Pantry and Laundry
Caroline Boyle - GSV at Limestone
Ally Brandenstein - GSV at Riley
Alexis Carpenter - GSV at Riley
Maya Collins - GSV at Riley
Heidi Connors - Mac's Helper
Keri Deck - GSV at Limestone
Erin Ewald - GSV at Riley
Austin Foote - GSV at Limestone
Kelly Gillespie - Pantry and Laundry
Reanna Hahn - GSV at Limestone
Jenny Himes - GSV at Limestone
Cindy Humm - Pantry and Laundry
Michael Laurendine-GSV at Limestone
Vicki Lewis - Family Activities
Steff Mabe - GSV at Limestone
Elizabeth March - GSV at Riley
Sara McClain - GSV at Limestone
Jamilah McKnight - GSV at Limestone
Haley Music - GSV at Riley
Navraj Sahi - GSV at Limestone 
Tina Saini - GSV at Limestone
Toni Sarver - GSV at Limestone
Caleb Short - GSV at Limestone
Hanna Smyth - Pantry and Laundry
Kailey Vernon - GSV at Riley
Rebecca Weaver - GSV at Riley
Gail Wind - GSV at Riley
Transportation Update

Thank you for your patience as we worked out the transportation arrangements between the House and the hospitals with IU Health Safety and Security. Below is the most up-to-date information.

Transportation Guidelines:

Effective immediately, a shuttle service will transport families between the House at Limestone, Riley Hospital for Children and Methodist Hospital.

  • Hours of Operation: 6 - 10 a.m. and 6 - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday only. Please note, there is no transportation provided outside these times.To request a ride for a family during these hours, contact security dispatch at 317-962-8000.
  • The shuttle is intended for any registered guest staying at the Ronald McDonald House on Limestone Street and is NOT limited to C-Section mothers. Parents traveling with children needing car seats must provide their own car seat.
Any questions should be directed to the Manager on Duty.
Updates at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley

We've made some updates to our hours of operation and meal schedule at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley. Please note the following changes:

Hours of Operation

Effective immediately, the Ronald McDonald House within Riley Hospital will change hours of operation. New hours will be:  9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

Meal Schedule
  • Continental breakfast will be available Monday - Friday. Meal groups may still sign-up for Saturdays and Sundays. 
  • Lunch and dinner will be provide to guests as available. Our fully-stocked pantry is always accessible to families during business hours of 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Families are also welcome to use the kitchen to prepare their own snack or quick meal.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we roll out these new procedures. Our primary goal is always to provide quality, comfort and care to those who use our services. We appreciate your assistance in helping us best meet our families' needs!

Saying Goodbye to a Friend

It is with sadness that we share that Roy Borgmann has passed away. Roy and his wife, Marge, started volunteering at the House in 1987 as Guest Services Volunteers on Thursday afternoons at our Limestone Street location. For many years, Roy and Marge also played Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Holiday Open House. He will be missed.
YMCA Day Passes Now Available


YMCA Day Passes are now available for registered guests at our Limestone Street location. These passes can be used to gain entry to classes, programs and equipment for an individual or a family at the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay at 430 S. Alabama Street.


Families with questions or who would like a pass should speak to the Manager on Duty.

Help Needed  at Limestone
  • Volunteers are needed to help in the parking lot, set-up, serve and tear-down for this year's State of House Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 14 between 6:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. 
  • Want to show off your penmanship?  Our Development office needs help writing thank you notes to our donors. This could be done at your house or ours.
  • We need help keeping the library in shape. Come in about an hour before or after your shift to help tidy the library or sorting and shelving books. 
  • We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help keep the basement organized and help track inventory. Shifts and commitment are flexible.
  • If you find you have some extra time on your hands, feel free to drop by Limestone to help with miscellaneous projects. We can always use help stocking the pantry, washing or folding laundry or help with other projects. Just ask for the Manager on Duty.

Please contact Mary Friend at mfriend@rmhccin.org for more information.

Help Deserving High School Seniors Afford the Education of Their Dreams!
RMHCCIN is seeking volunteers to participate in our annual scholarship review. Since 2008, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships to high school seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement through our RMHC Scholarship Program. Each year RMHCCIN receives numerous applications and volunteers are needed to help evaluate candidates on established criteria, including: academic achievement, personal statement short essay, leadership involvement and commitment to community service. Application screenings will take place mid-March through early-April. Evaluations will take approximately two hours to complete and can be done from the convenience of your own home or office.  
To be a part of this rewarding opportunity, please contact Savannah Ball at (317) 267-0605 ext. 209 or at sball@rmhccin.org no later than Wednesday, March 7.
2018 Calendars

We are in need of any extra 2018 wall calendars that you may have lying around to be placed in our guest rooms. If you have any you would like to donate, please give them to Patti Cooper at our Limestone Street location.
Yoga Anyone?
We are now offering complimentary yoga classes on the first Monday of each month from 7- 8 p.m. House guests, volunteers and staff are welcome to join. The next class will be held on MondayMarch 5 so please join us! Thank you Kelly Alford from The Yoga Studio for your generous donation. 
Look Who Was Caught Rolling Out The Red Carpet
Mary Friend, Volunteer Resources Manager, caught Cathy Plump and Carolyn McMahon, Master Gardeners at Limestone displaying cooperation, communication and teamwork.

Mary wrote: "Cathy and Carolyn eagerly took on a project to host a group of children from the IUPUI's Center for Young Children at the House. They gave the kids an opportunity to tour our gardens, learn a little about gardening and even plant some seeds. Thank you for helping and hosting our neighbors."

Thank you Cathy and Carolyn. You are appreciated!

Congratulations! Your Crew Carwash pass is in the mail.

Remember, if you catch a volunteer rolling out the red carpet and providing an excellent family experience, please submit a nomination using the form below. Printed copies of this form are also available in the front office at both Limestone and Riley. Each month, all nominations are eligible for a random drawing for a Crew Carwash pass.

Please click the following link for the nomination form: Red Carpet Nomination Form
Updated Volunteer Schedule
Please click the following link for the updated volunteer schedule:  February 2018 Guest Services Schedule
"Thank you for allowing us to stay here. It was such a blessing to my family. We have a son in the NICU and by staying here it allowed my 2 year old to come and spend the weekend with us. Thank you for making that possible!"

Mikey, Krista, Maizey and Hudson
Please join us in celebrating the following birthdays:

Bert Harvey
Tom Olson
Pam Sims
Amanda Benzine
Drew Conrady
Emily Pogue
Paula Swift
Kara Snyder
Joe Gault
Caitlin Hansen
Kurt Bassett
Bruce Johnson
Shenyque Phillip
Liz Barrasas
David Wilkerson
Shalyn Major
Paul Hoggard
Bryce Nelson
Rod Taylor
Kelsey Harrington
Lane Sims
Janet Kinsey
Debbie Moore
Beth Parks
Andrea Groves
Tami Evans
Erin Ewald
Judy Dunkerly
Jimmye Dorman
Upcoming Events

Visit our website link or watch for details in future editions of this newsletter for these events.

Dine to Donate @ Panera Greenwood
Monday, February 26

32nd Annual "Swing for Kids" Golf Tournament
Monday, June 4

Shop for a Cause @ Vineyard Vines
Wednesday, March 7

Pop Tab Drop on Monument Circle
Friday, July 20
State of the House Breakfast & Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 14

"Taste" Gala 
Friday, November 2
Saturday, April 21

"Home for the Holidays" Open House
Tuesday, November 27

Substitute List

Please contact these people if you need a substitute. 

Lori Ball


Not available Tues or Wed
Katy Brawley

Jennifer Cannady

Weekends only
Nora Chlum

Mornings and evenings
Gwen England

Weekday evenings (except Tues) and weekends
Craig Ito

Weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Rega Kowalski

Steff Mabe
Not available Tues Mornings

Anita Butts

Laurie Eagan

Weekdays 12-3 p.m.
Michael Rhinaman

Weekday evenings

If you would like to add your name to this list, please contact Mary Friend at mfriend@rmhccin.org or at (317) 267-0605, ext. 225.

Please remember to notify the Manager on Duty for last minute shift cancellations. If you know your conflict in advance, notify Mary Friend. Also, let us know if you are able to find a substitute so we can update the schedule. Be sure to notify Mary or the Manager on Duty directly rather than through your shift mates.

Thank you!

Our Mission
We provide a supportive home-away-from-home for families of children receiving medical care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other area hospitals, and we champion programs that improve the health, education and well-being of children.

Our Vision
Nurturing a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.
Our Values: 
  • Innovation: We aim for continuous improvement to provide the highest level of comfort and care for our families.
  • Compassion: We seek to listen, understand and serve.
  • Accountability: We strive for the highest level of integrity and transparency with all of our partners and stakeholders.
  • Respect: We treat all people with dignity, compassion and respect.
  • Excellence: We embrace our mission and passionately commit to creating the best home-away-from-home for our families.
Newsletter Editor
Mary Friend, CVA
Volunteer Resources Manager
Direct Line: (317) 267-0605, ext. 225