Ronald McDonald House: A Home Away From Home

The Professional Communications class at Globe University-Moorhead has been working with the local Ronald McDonald House to practice communication skills they are learning, including electronic messages, writing reports and social media. The more the class learned about Ronald McDonald House, the more they wanted to get involved. The following blog post is written by one of the students, Xochil Mendez, about their experience.

Ronald McDonald HouseThe Professional Communications class at Globe University-Moorhead has been learning the professional practice of writing and communications. To make the lessons relevant, students have been working with the Ronald McDonald House to create communications for them. The class visited the Ronald McDonald House, met current guests, and learned the many ways a nonprofit needs good communication skills. After their visit, students decided to volunteer for the organization.

Students began collecting pop tabs on July 29 and will continue until September 20. Collecting pop tabs brings in additional funds for the Ronald McDonald House to ensure the best stay for the families. This class will also be donating blankets to be given to the families during their stay.

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home. The families are able to be close enough to attend any medical emergencies their child may need. The House not only provides housing for Fargo/Moorhead families but for anyone with a child in hospitalization age 21 and under. The Ronald McDonald House operates on 100 percent donations from local businesses, churches, and many other organizations. The families are asked to pay $15 each stay if they are financially stable but aren’t turned away if they can’t. The Ronald McDonald House is a call away and provides any essentials anyone would need.

Ronald McDonald HouseThe Ronald McDonald House has made a great impact within the whole Fargo/Moorhead community. Collecting even a pound of pop tabs can provide fifty cents toward this organization. Current staff member Kristi states, “When a family checks out and leaves our house, we hope to never see them again, but in a good way.” 

Having the Professional Communications class collect pop tabs will create a tremendous impact on the Ronald McDonald House and the community. By having a university do this service learning, it will bring awareness to other schools to contribute to the Ronald McDonald House.