Guest Blogger: Darby Johnson, Delta Gamma-University of Arizona, Executive Office Intern
As our time as Executive Office Interns comes to an end, the 2016 Interns had the opportunity to cook dinner at the local Atlanta Ronald McDonald House. Alpha Delta Pi has been partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities since 1979 and since then, Alpha Delta Pi sisters from collegians to alumni support the Ronald McDonald House in many ways. Volunteers can cook meals for families, donate supplies to the houses, and many serve as full time volunteers and staff. Every collegiate chapter of ADPi supports a Ronald McDonald House whether it’s through time or monetary donations.
When we arrived at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House in Egleston we were given a tour of the House which opened in 2008. There are many play rooms for the children, conference rooms for families and parents to work, a meditation garden outside, and also living spaces. This particular Ronald McDonald House can provide for 50 families at a time, including 10 rooms deemed “Transplant Suites” for children and families receiving transplants at the nearby hospital. I am currently the Philanthropy Chair in my chapter in which I work closely with my local Ronald McDonald House. It was amazing to see another RMH so far away from my hometown that can be a service to so many families.
Another stop on our tour was the amazing kitchen! There are 3 stoves and ovens, 5 sinks and dishwashers, seemingly endless counter space, and just about any kitchen appliance you could ask for. Executive Office staff members Meg Hoffay, Katie Buteau and Anna Kate Sumner joined my intern sisters and me to cook dinner. For our meal, we chose to make Mexican food, including southwest salad, tortilla chips and salsa bar, chicken enchiladas, cheese quesadillas, Mexican rice and beans, as well as cookies for dessert. This was quite a production considering we were cooking enough food to feed 50 people!
Our fiesta meal turned out great and tasted delicious. It was so rewarding to be able to provide the families with dinner and hear their stories. Being able to volunteer and work with the Ronald McDonald House has been one of my favorite activities as an ADPi, and I’m so happy we can help this great organization, the Ronald McDonald House Charities!