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Walk Down Watertown with Ann Phillips

April 1st, 2019

Ann Phillips was a Children’s Reference Librarian for 18 years with the Wauwatosa Public Library before joining the volunteer team at RMHC. With her heart set on becoming a Master Gardener, she decided to retire early and train with the UW-Extension program and became a certified Master Gardener in 2001. Since the Secret Garden first opened its gates in 2002,…

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Through a Volunteer’s Eyes: Susan

August 1st, 2018

Susan D. has been a volunteer at RMHC since 2015. She used to be a hospitality volunteer, and now focuses on projects for the House. We had the pleasure of interviewing Susan about her time and experience as a volunteer. This is what she had to say:  How did you become a volunteer at the House? What interested you in…

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Love Notes: New Friends, New Family, New Temporary Home

August 1st, 2018

This note was left by RMHC guest Jake L. and his family: Coming from California, we had to leave family and friends and the comfort of our own home. Coming to RMHC, we made friends that we now consider family and found a new home. A priceless experience in the scariest time in our life. RMHC let us relax at…

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Love Notes: Serenity

August 1st, 2018

This note was written by RMHC guest Wanda: Thank you for providing a place of serenity and peace in a time of turmoil. Your staff has been kind and thoughtful in all things. You found a stranger and took her in. God bless you in all you do. 

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Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

April 18th, 2018

Happy National Volunteer Appreciation Week! Here at the Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin (RMHC), we are fortunate to have a team of 550+ volunteers. While our volunteers have many titles, such as Hospitality Volunteer, Kitchen Keeper, Office Assistant, and Van Driver, just to name a few, they all work together to achieve the common goal of making sure our…

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The Sleepy Secret Garden

February 1st, 2018

The garden is sleeping, resting in the depth of winter, pristine and beautiful.  The House is NOT sleeping or resting  in the middle of this winter season.  Volunteer groups are busy helping tackle big projects like deep cleaning rooms, meal groups continue to prepare delicious comfort foods that nourish our families, art and music therapy provide opportunities for our families…

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Thoughts from the Heart

December 22nd, 2017

Looking out the window into the Secret Garden it’s hard to imagine that Christmas is next week….. Inside the House it’s very clear that something special is happening.  There are beautiful villages carefully placed in the Great Room, tree lights twinkle, snowmen and Santa’s smile and there is magic in the air.  Each and every day wonderful people from places…

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Love Notes: The Bridge

September 7th, 2017

This post was written by Amanda, a mother of two and an RMHC guest. The original post can be found on her personal blog. Bridge   The picture above is of the pedestrian bridge that connects Ronald McDonald House and CHW. This week again I walked this bridge multiple times and got to thinking of my many crossings of this bridge…

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Through a Volunteer’s Eyes: The Magic Room

August 29th, 2017

I am a Hospitality Volunteer at the House and I am also one of the Hospitality Cart Volunteers at Children’s Hospital. Trip to the Magic Room:  It is an amazing room and you realize it the minute you open the door.  It is filled with toys and books.  In the past, when I took our families to the Magic Room,…

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The Magic of Ronald McDonald House

August 17th, 2017

There is something magical about the summer, as a whole new atmosphere is created around us. The grass is greener; days are longer and you feel a bit happier. When I started at Ronald McDonald House at the beginning of the summer, I was told by the staff that the House in the summer is the busiest, but also some of their…

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