12 Apr Ronald McDonald House Volunteer Spotlight: Cassie Tierney
1. Tell us something you’d like others to know about you.
I’ve lived in Boise for about two years and love it! I love exploring the outdoors with my husband and golden retriever. You can usually find us skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or walking along the Greenbelt! I also enjoy trying out new restaurants and coffee shops.
2. What is your usual volunteering job with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho?
I have been volunteering remotely for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho. The remote project that I have enjoyed is decorating paper bags with positive and encouraging messages. I drop off my completed bags at the Ronald McDonald House where they get filled with snacks and delivered to parents while they stay with their child that is being cared for at St. Luke’s Boise.
3. How long have you been volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho?
4. How did you become a volunteer? And as a volunteer, what drew you to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho?
My husband and I received the benefits of RMHC firsthand when our son Luke was in the hospital this past year. While we didn’t stay in the house because we are local to Boise, we were often surprised with care packages, snacks, and kind notes while we were in the hospital. Luke was in the NICU for a week after he was born in February 2021 and he sadly passed away in the PICU this past September. Knowing from personal experience the stress and emotional burden that comes from having a child in the hospital is something I will never forget and has provided me with deep empathy for all who are in the position. I also know that during the traumatic time, it’s easy for parents and families to feel helpless and unseen. The RMHC provides families with compassion and support and the hospital care packages (and I’m sure the house) offer much-needed moments of ease. The RMHC of Idaho made a tremendous impact on my life.
As a volunteer, it makes my heart happy to know that I can help families by making a really heavy time a tad bit lighter.
5. What do you enjoy about being an RMHC of Idaho volunteer?
I love the flexibility that the remote positions provide. I appreciate that there are several activities that I can sign up for and various time slots available. The RMHC of Idaho also has several in-house volunteer opportunities that I look forward to exploring in the near future.
6. In your time as an RMHC of Idaho volunteer, is there a meaningful moment or interaction you’ve carried with you?
I haven’t had many face-to-face interactions with families because my volunteer work has been remote. I have received a tour of the RMHC house by Stephanie Meredith, RMHC of Idaho Volunteer Coordinator. I appreciated the quality of the facilities and the procedures the staff puts in place to keep the house sanitary while maintaining a welcoming and relaxing environment.
7. What advice do you have for other volunteers (either current or onboarding) who are connected to RMHC of Idaho?
I highly encourage you to find a role that speaks you and volunteer your time! There are many opportunities, both in house and remote, that can make a significant impact on families while their child is in the hospital. The RMHC of Idaho has many resources to help support volunteers with the roles they perform.