October 2017
Keeping Families Close at RMHCCIN
   Mission Moment: Words from the Heart

A Message from our CEO

Tricks  and treats with Chief Cheer Officer, Mac and
 8-year-old Layden Merten
Another month has come and gone -- as Halloween creeps around the corner and October comes to a close, it's hard to believe that we're entering into our last couple months of the year!

On October 14, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana celebrated our 35th anniversary! That's 35 years of warm beds, hot showers, homemade meals and a good night's rest so families can face the weight of an illness together - and we couldn't have done it without YOU. But even though our birthday has passed, it doesn't mean the party has to stop. Keep your eyes peeled for future announcements as we celebrate what 35 means to us all year long!

In the meantime, we have a lot of great events and opportunities to support the House. Be sure to read below about opportunities and events including our annual Taste gala on Friday, Nov. 3, Home for the Holidays on Tuesday, Nov. 28, McDonald's National Fundraiser and more.

Hope to see you around!
Taste the Pacific Northwest: Friday, November 3!

Time is running out to purchase your Taste tickets. Join us for an unforgettable evening as we hear family testimonials, shop the live and silent auctions and indulge in the best of the Pacific Northwest's vineyards and cuisine. We're talking seared salmon, apple and hazelnut bruschetta, marion berry crumble and more!  Best part? All proceeds help support our mission of keeping families close.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets!

P.S. Don't forget to join us for the 
Taste after party: Taste After Dark hosted by our Young Professionals Board!

*Tickets sold separately. Participation at Taste is not required to attend Taste After Dark.
Partner Spotlight: Indiana University Health
For 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana has been keeping families close and our friends at  Indiana University Health have been there from the very start.

From supporting our families through room adoption to event sponsorship, partnering on new programs and initiatives such as a Keeping Families Safe and so much more -- Indiana University Health plays a critical role in keeping families together and near the care they need.
Community Fundraisers
  Charming Charlies

You're invited to a special Charming Charlie event! 
  • October 27-29
  • November 11-13
  • December 1-3
Visit select Indiana, Michigan or Illinois locations and  present  this flyer -- 10-20% of your purchase can help keep families close!

Click here for locations and details.

McDonald's Fundraiser

November 7-19, you can help keep families close by making a $1, $3 or $5 donation right at the counter or drive-thru at McDonald's!

As a thank you, for each donation made, you'll receive a coupon for a FREE small fry or hash browns on your next visit!

Southern Living Christmas Cook Book

Searching for the perfect hostess gift this holiday season? The Dillard's Southern Living Christmas Cookbook includes 200 + recipes and dozens of decorating ideas, PLUS proceeds help to support RMHCCIN families. Did we mention it is only $10? Purchase yours online today or by visiting/calling the store in Richmond, IN!
Save the Date: Home for the Holidays is November 28!

Celebrate Giving Tuesday and kick-off the holiday season with RMHCCIN as we open  our House to the public for a free and family-friendly event!

Highlights Include:
  • Cookies & cocoa
  • Visits with Santa Claus
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Live holiday entertainment including the Second Presbyterian Children's Choir and soloist Bryce Wray-Nelson
  • Snuggles and cuddles with our furry Chief Cheer Officer, Mac
  • Ceremonial lighting of the House
  • Appearance by Ronald McDonald
  • Vote in our Deck the Halls Christmas tree contest

RMHCCIN joined the #GivingTuesday movement in 2015 with a goal of raising $10,000. Since then, thanks to your help and social media savvy, we have raised more than
$82,000 over the last two years to help  keep families close !

Join us once again as we take part in #GivingTuesday on November 28 and help us make an even bigger impact on RMHCCIN families! 

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Rachel Moehle at rmoehle@rmhccin.org or at (317) 267-0605, ext. 208 

Donating your time and talent to the Ronald McDonald House can be a rewarding experience and a real gift to the families staying at the House. Whether you are looking for an ongoing commitment or want to share a special gift or talent on a short-term basis, there is a way for you to make a difference at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana! Current needs include but are not limited to:

Guest Service Volunteers (GSV)
GSV's are our front-line volunteers and often the first face our families see when walking in the door. Duties include checking families in and out of their rooms, answering the phone, receiving donations, light housekeeping, and assisting RMHCCIN staff with various projects. This is a reoccurring , individual volunteer opportunity. We ask that GSV's are able to make one three-hour commitment every 2 weeks.

Prepare A Freezer Meal
Help fill our freezers to feed RMHCCIN families when we have a cancellation or do not have a meal group pre-scheduled. You bring the ingredients and a disposable pan - we provide the kitchen and utensils. Recipes can range from soups and casseroles to something as easy as a pasta bake! This is a great team-building opportunity that can be scheduled at a time convenient for your group.

Meal Groups
We are in need of meal groups for both our House at Limestone (located on the IUPUI campus) and our House located inside Riley. RMHCCIN welcomes meal groups on a one-time or reoccurring basis. Additional dinner dates and meal group guidelines can be found here .

Limestone Dinner Dates:
House at Riley Lunch Dates:
  • Mon. 10/30
  • Wed. 11/22
  • Fri. 11/24
  • Mon. 11/27
  • Thurs. 11/30
  • Mon. 10/30
  • Tues. 10/31
  • Wed. 11/1
  • Thurs. 11/2
  • Fri. 11/3
  • Tues. 11/7
  • Wed. 11/8
  • Fri. 11/10
  • Sun. 11/12
  • Mon. 11/13
  • Tues. 11/14
  • Wed. 11/15
  • Sun. 11/19
  • Mon. 11/20
  • Tues. 11/21
  • Wed. 11/22
  • Thurs. 11/23
  • Sat. 11/25
  • Sun. 11/26
  • Mon. 11/27
  • Tues. 11/28
  • Wed. 11/29
  • Thurs. 11/30

Interested?  Please   contact Mary Friend, Volunteer Resources Manager, at  mfriend@rmhccing.org  or by phone at (317) 267-0605, ext. 225 or visit our website for additional opportunities and information.

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