In This Issue:

Volunteer Information Session for Teens (age 16 & up)
March 3, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sign up here.

House Party! Fundraising Gala
March 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - midnight

Volunteer Information Session for Adults
March 17, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Volunteer Information Session for Adults
April 21, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Bonded Together for Life
Kathy, Katie Grace, Devin, and Jamie

On a sunny June day last summer, Kathy received a call informing her that donor organs for her eleven-year-old daughter Katie Grace had become available. At the same time, but miles away, one-year-old Devin's family received similar news-a donor organ had become available for transplant.


Kathy and Katie Grace immediately jumped in their car to make the one-and-a-half hour drive from their home in Clayton, CA to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Meanwhile, in Yuba City, CA, Devin's family began the three-hour-long drive as fast as they safely could to the same hospital.


Once there, the children were prepped for surgery, and wheeled into operating rooms. Their hopeful family members convened in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit's waiting room, where they settled in to anxiously await news of their child's progress, knowing surgery could take many long hours.


Little did they know at that moment their lives had intersected in the most unexpected way. Read the entire story here.

Vote and Help 
"Man of Style" 
Geoffrey De Sousa 
win for the House!

Cast your vote to help our friend, the incredibly talented Geoffrey De Sousa, principal of Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design, and volunteer design co-chair for the House's expansion project, win the prestigious 2015 Saks Fifth Avenue Man of Style competition and a $5,000 donation to his charity of choice: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

Over the last 20 years, Geoffrey has created cosmopolitan and warmly modern interiors for many of the Bay Area's leading entrepreneurs, CEOs, and tastemakers. He is also the cofounder of premier San Francisco design showroom De Sousa Hughes.

You can recast your vote every 24 hours, so vote daily between now and noon on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. The winning candidate will be revealed on March 6, 2015.



Professional Gutter Service helps keep our outdoor areas, like the Homer Courtyard above, clean and safe for House families.

Cleaning gutters and washing outdoor areas are essential tasks, but often unpopular activities. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Professional Gutter Service, located in Woodside, CA, these chores can be crossed off the House's very lengthy to-do list. For more than ten years, Professional Gutter Service has provided important outdoor maintenance services completely free of charge to the House. Their efforts protect the investment we have all made in this special building and help maintain an inviting place for our families to call home.

At least two times a year scissor lifts and ladders arrive and workers clear leaves and debris from the House's gutters so rain water can drain properly. Professional Gutter Service also give the House's patio areas an intense and thorough power washing so children and families can enjoy clean and welcoming outdoor spaces.

In addition to these tasks, Professional Gutter Service also helps transform the House during the holiday season by installing festive outdoor holiday lights-again, at no charge. These lights create a festive atmosphere for families who call the House their home during the holidays. 

On behalf of all our families who call Ronald McDonald House at Stanford their home throughout the year, thank you to everyone at Professional Gutter Service for helping us maintain a warm, safe, and clean environment.  We are grateful for all you do.  


There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can. Here are some current opportunities to help families staying at the House feel at home.

To learn more about making a donation* or participating in a special volunteer opportunity, please contact Erica Lee, program coordinator, at, or call 650.470.6011.
Volunteers are crucial to the creation of a home-away-from-home and welcoming community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses.
 Current special volunteer opportunities: 

It will take teamwork to make the 2015 House Party! gala a success, and volunteers make it possible at every step! We're looking for some dedicated volunteers with the following skills and qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for working with the public
  • Dependable, reliable, and responsible
  • Polite, poised, patient, and even-tempered
  • Must be 21 years or older
Interested in learning more? Please send an email to Sue Mellberg, volunteer gala coordinator.
*Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. If you have any questions or would like more information about donating to our House programs, please email Erica Lee, program coordinator, or call 650.470.6011.


**Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.
Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.