January 2016
Monumental Music Jam to Benefit the Ronald McDonald House!

On February 25, 2016 the AAA Insurance Monumental Music Jam will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the third consecutive year. This year's show features country hit maker, Billy Currington with rising star Kelsea Ballerini and $1 of every ticket sold will benefit our House!

Goodbye Letter From Pam Anderson

Dear RMHI Volunteers,

After nine years of galas, golf, sporting clays and many
House events, I h ave decided to retire as Special Events Manager of the Ronald McDonald House.  It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you on so many fabulous events and projects. Together, we have made a difference for the families we serve.  I will continue to coordinate events and weddings around Indy, so I do hope that I will have an opportunity to see you down the road.

Thank you so much for all you do for the House...it has been an absolute joy to be with you on our journey of the heart!

Happy New Year,
Pam Anderson   
Fond Farewell Open House
Please join us on Thursday, February 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the conference room at our Limestone Street location to with Pam a fond farewell as she "rides into the sunset" of retirement!
Discount Tickets Available for the Indianapolis Home Show

The Indianapolis Home Show is offering RMHI volunteers and staff tickets to this year's show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (January 22 - January 31, 2016) at an exclusive, discounted rate.  Tickets are normally $14 at the show but with your discount the tickets are $10 ($4 savings).  

To purchase your tickets, just visit their website at www.IndianapolisHomeShow.com or by clicking on the link below.  Then, c lick on the "Buy Tickets" on the right and enter the Promo Code "McDonald" to receive the discounted price.

Thank You For The Holiday Meals!

We are very fortunate to have so many groups and individuals that support our families over the holidays and help to make our House a home throughout the year. Thank you!

Thank you to Michelle Study -Campbell and her daughter, Rosemary Catherine along with Michelle's sister, Meredith Yard and her children, Monty and Madison for supplying breakfast on Thanksgiving.  Monty's scout troop made treat bags for all of the families at the House, which can be seen sitting on the table.  

A big thank you to Jim Pickett and friends for serving the Thanksgiving dinner provided by Scotty's Brewhouse.  Jim Pickett, Sam Hoss and friends also provided and served dinner on Christmas Day.  

Operations Update - Limestone    

Here is a list of where to put donation items that come in during the day. It helps if you put these items in the correct spot so they don't have to be moved multiple times. (This list can also be referenced in the Communication Binder.)
1. Due to the sensitivities of our patients/guests we do not accept used toys and clothing. If it is awkward to refuse, just thank them and put the items in a box or trash bag in the office and label it "Goodwill". A volunteer will then drop them off.
2. We do accept "collections" of like new items that have only been on display shelves. (Examples: beanie babies, Boyd's bears, collector cars.) These should be placed outside the basement cage where the Santa Shop items are stored. Beanie babies are used in the red treasure chest in the office for our smallest guests.
3. Bottled water, coffee, sugar packets, coffee stir sticks, and creamer all go to Dona's Pantry. Please do not take them to the basement.
4. All other packaged grocery items go on the large table in the center of the basement. Ready to eat donations such as bagels, fresh baked cookies, etc. can be divided between the two kitchens.
5. Paper products are shelved in the basement. (Far right back corner).
6. Blankets for the rooms go downstairs on the first row of shelves on the right. Blankets made for guests by service groups (usually fringed and tied) go just outside the cage.
7. Brand new toys and new clothing go just outside the cage.
8. Hotel toiletries go to the round table and will need to be sorted into the correct bins.
9.   Books should be placed in the GSA Apartment.
10. Please do not allow people to put items in the free box. Explain that we record all donations for later use. If you have free time on your shift, please clean out the trash and used items in the box. Remove any liquids (shampoo, conditioner etc), glass items, and edible items for the safety of our guests.
Thank you! We are fortunate to have such a large donor base who thinks of our everyday needs.
Preparing a Room at Check-Out
Before placing a check mark on the in/out board after a check-out, please make sure the room is truly ready for the next family.  Remember you can refer to the "Check-Out Procedures" page of the flip chart found in every guest room for the necessary steps.
Meal Group Cancellations

If you receive a call from a meal group cancelling their scheduled meal, please notify the manager on duty and leave a note in Connie's mailbox.

Pack and Play or Cot Storage

Please be sure when storing the pack and plays and/or cots that they are only placed in the designated storage closets.  For the south wing it is the storage closet next to room 27, in the north wing the storage closets next to room 9 or 24 should be used.  We have discovered people just putting them in random mechanical rooms which makes it difficult for folks to locate them when they are needed.   
Mission Moment  

Our family wants to say thank you to all the staff for bringing us a place of peace during our ordeal.  Although we weren't able to bring Kole home, we know that he is with God, and God gave us you to help.  Thank you.

Family of Kole Duggar

Updated Volunteer Schedule


Please click on the link below for the updated volunteer schedules:


January Guest Services Schedule

Happy Birthday!
Please join us in celebrating the following RMHI birthdays: 
George Gordon
David Lawson
Linda Elkins
Sydney Harper
Nick Provenzano
Tracie Alexander
Ann McNamar
TeeTee Fowler
Jered Fuquay
Jessica Grabbe

Brittney Hill
Tom Wallander
Brittney Williams
Tatyanjia Neal
Michael Craney
Rene Deal
Paige Codalata
Becky Kellogg
Alan Holt
Marissa Hulvey


Bryce Ruble
Dick Pluckebaum
Deborah Warsaw
Karolyn Edwards
Michael Rhinaman
Anita Butts
Marg Millman
Nancy Cole
Lori Ball
Kiara Eskew

Upcoming Events
Visit our website or watch for details in future editions of this newsletter for these events.
(* Denotes a third-party event where RMHI is the beneficiary of community events organized by individuals, local organizations, schools or businesses.)

New Volunteer Orientation

January 23


Monumental Music Jam

February 25


Donor Appreciation Breakfast

March 16 

Heroes for the House Walk/Run

June 18


Swing for Kids Golf Tournament

June 23


Sporting Clays Shoot & Barbecue

September 17 


Substitute List
Please contact these volunteers if you need a substitute.

  • Lori Ball: (317) 371-9150 (Not available on Tues., Wed. or Thurs.)
  • Jennifer Cannady: jcannady17@gmail.com (Weekend only)
  • Craig Ito: craigito@juno.com (Weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 noon) 
  • Rega Kowalski: (317) 241-1566
  • Mercedes Roots: (317) 356-9002 (Afternoons)
  • Paula Swift: (317) 797-1398 (3:30-9:30 p.m. and Weekends)
  • Marge Vogel: marge.vogel@sbcglobal.net
If you would like to add your name to this list, please contact Mary Friend at mfriend@rmhindiana.org or at (317) 267-0605, ext. 225.
Please remember to notify the manager on duty for last minute shift cancellations, and 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

To 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. 

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.

Ronald McDonald House of Indiana
435 Limestone St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Newsletter Editor:
Mary Friend, CVA
Volunteer Resources Manager
Direct Line:
317.267.0605 x225