Building a New Program for Ronald McDonald House

  • Issue: Ronald McDonald House needed help to pilot a breakfast program
  • Beneficiary: Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Date: Mar 8, 2015

Involvement: On a cold day in March, the members of The CLA warmed up the hearts of many families in Chicago!  Over 35 CLA members made it to The Ronald McDonald House on Grand Ave prior to 8am on a Saturday, to cook breakfast for all of the families who were staying at the house....most of which who had kids or loved ones at the children's hospital across the street. The CLA provided all of the food, and made a magnificent feast which included eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, sausage, quiche and assorted sliced fruit.  In addition to making and serving breakfast, The CLA also assembled a "street team" who stood on Michigan Avenue and persuaded pedestrians to make a small donation by offering free Girl Scout cookies.  The team raised over $300!

Impact: Working with the leadership at Ronald McDonald House, we helped them to pilot a new “breakfast giving” initiative, so that other groups of volunteers can now come into the house in the mornings and help support the charity through group activities and cooking breakfast/brunch.

Quote: "As the week ends, I wished to reach out to say a BIG Thanks for your participation here last weekend. Whether cooking families breakfast, engaging the community on Grand Avenue (and beyond) or helping to establish our new storage area, YOU contributed a TON to helping families here. Thank you, thank you, thank you- collectively and individually. YOU are quite the impressive group."  — Mark Shouger, Managing Director, Ronald McDonald House