HMC and the Ronald McDonald House

November 2, 2014

Give A Little, Get A Lot

This past Tuesday, HMC got together for a team bonding exercise. What we got from it was nothing we could have imagined without going through the activity first!

Our Director of Engagement, Lansie, has been volunteering at Ronald McDonald Houses all over the East Coast since her younger years. Let’s just say her experiences have now been paid forward and it is now up to the rest of us to do the same!

From beginning to end our team planned a menu, picked our shifts, and got cookin’. You can only imagine what the space was like with a bunch of creatives in the kitchen…but the surprise was that we learned we’re all pretty good chefs! More importantly, we learned that our impact spoke volumes, which in return left us speechless.

Elliot slicing some tomatoes for our mozzarella & tomato salad.
Tanya making the salad display extra beautiful before being served.
Kevin mashing up some cornflakes for our crunchy ranch chicken recipe.
Elliot preparing his secret green bean dressing.
Nicola caught in a moment- making sure all of our cooking times are correct.
Katelyn stepped away from the kitchen to go on a tour to learn more about the Ronald McDonald House.


The best for last… dessert of course!








































































When we talk about impact it is important to think about the direct and indirect dimensions of its character. During our visit at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House we got to experience first-hand the value of being there for others. Our laughs in the kitchen translated to smiles on some very special family faces.

Jessie was lucky enough to sit with a family during dinner and learn more about their time at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. When we talk about the value one experience can bring, this is the perfect example. On a more personal level our involvement turned into a shared memory, and it is nice to be reminded that sometimes we have to take care of each other.

“We have been coming here since Peter was four and he is almost 17 now. We love it. It’s a home away from home for us; they have watched him grow. I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have the Ronald McDonald House,” said Barb Grosshans, a proud mother.

And a word from Peter, her son.

“As nice as the facilities are at Ronald McDonald House staying here has also lead us to participate in some really cool events, too, like with other charities. That’s another thing that has made our stay really special. They always try their best to put smiles on children’s faces.”

How to get involved!

Are you ready to start cooking with your teammates? Get more information here, and let’s all begin to pay it forward.

Remember, there are a ton of ways to get involved in our beautiful city of Brotherly Love. Combine some of your favorite things to create an even bigger value. Here is a list to help you get inspired:

  • Monster Milers- A large group of Philadelphia runners come together to visit local shelters daily to give dogs who are awaiting their new home a one-on-one running adventure.
  • United By Blue Cleanups- We have our own UBB storefront tucked away in Old City and it is a visit you won’t forget! The company itself is focused on ocean and waterway conservation. For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups.
  • Mighty Writers- What better way to give back than to give back to our youth? If you love writing and the young hearts of Philly, then this is the perfect gig for you. You have the opportunity to become a Mighty Tutor, Mighty Mentor, Mighty Leader, or Mighty Intern and help support a very MIGHTY mission: to teach Philadelphia kids (ages 7 to 17) to think and write with clarity so they can achieve success at school, at work and in life.

And if you want to start right away, take a look at this article if you haven’t already. One of our amazing interns, Emilia McDevitt, guided us through a list of ways to give back this Sunday when we gained an hour (and more early sunshine)!

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