My name is Tania and I am majoring in biology at Southern Connecticut State University, I planned to apply to dental school in the fall. I learned about the Ronald McDonald House from my good friend Carly, who is currently a night manager. I heard stories about how the house worked and what it did but I didn’t completely understand the importance of it until I started volunteering.
Volunteering at the house has changed my outlook on life in so many ways. I have met so many extraordinary people and it breaks my heart that they have to endure such a rough period in their life, as most of the families here are dealing with life threatening issues. The strength that the patients and parents have amazed me. I, myself have had a rough childhood growing up but nothing compares to what our families here are going through.
Volunteering at the house has taught me to appreciate life and those around me because you’re never promised tomorrow. I’ve always believe that everything happens for a reason and I am absolutely sure that volunteering at the house is something that I needed to do because it has shown me compassion, hope and strength. It has also given me the opportunity to meet so many new people and develop strong friendships with the staff and guests. I look forward to do as much as possible for the house and our guests!