Volunteer Story – Brittany

CT VolunteerI am a student at the University of Bridgeport, majoring in human services. I started to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house to complete hours for my school internship requirement. I have been familiar with Ronald McDonald House Charities and when I saw I lived so close, I was very interested in completing my hours there. When I reached out to Wendy to find out more about the volunteer program, I was very delighted to see her passion and how this house helps families in need. When I started volunteering, I saw how hard the other staff members worked in creating fundraisers, making events, and keeping the house managed.  I have always wanted to be involved with nonprofit charities and I thought this could be my chance to see behind the scenes of how things run. Being at this place has been a life changing experience. Not only have I learned about running a nonprofit organization, the environment of this house is filled with love, positive vibes and some of the nicest people I have ever met. To see people with such a passion to help families in need, is refreshing and I felt like I made the right choice by volunteering here. Coming here three times a week has been such a wonderful experience and has become part of my weekly routine. I look forward too seeing the families and the staff every week, gaining more knowledge about the organization. Volunteering here allowed me to see the business side of a nonprofit, and how important it is. It has helped me build confidence within an organization and confidence in my office skills. It has also showed me that you need to be passionate to work in the field. You have to be willing to work hard and advocate for those in need. This place helped me confirm why I chose to go into the human service field and I could not be more grateful.