Charity Seeking Students to Serve on Teen Volunteer Board

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—September 8, 2009—The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) of Charlotte is looking for high school students to serve on its first Teen Volunteer Board.

Students, who join the Board, will serve as their school’s ambassador for the charity.  They will be instrumental in creating a volunteer night programs for other teenagers, helping recruit other student volunteers and leading their peers in charitable service.

“Our area teenagers are an incredible untapped resource for planning strategies, innovative ideas and hard work,” said Ari Harris, RMH of Charlotte’s Community Outreach Director.  “Our current teen volunteers constantly amaze us with their willingness to put their skills and talents to work for the families of RMH.  When they get older and see the House completed, they’ll be able to say, ‘I helped build that House.’”

To become a member of the Board, students must:

  • be currently enrolled in a Charlotte-area high school as a junior or senior
  • maintain good standing at their school
  • be able to attend monthly meetings
  • have reliable transportation to and from meetings and events

The RMH of Charlotte will be the first House in the state with a volunteer board dedicated for high school students.  Teen Volunteer Board applications are due to the RMH of Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at 5 p.m.  To acquire an application, please contact Ari Harris by calling 704-335-1191 or emailing ariharris@rmhofcharlotte.org.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte

Currently, Charlotte is the only major US city that does not have a RMH.  The RMH of Charlotte is scheduled to open sometime in 2010 and will serve the families of children being treated at Levine Children’s Hospital and Hemby Children’s Hospital.  Located on the 1600 block of East Morehead Street on land donated by Carolinas Medical Center, the House will feature approximately 35,000 square feet of living space complete with 28 bedrooms (one family per bedroom/suite), providing more than 10,000 nights for the families.  It is also scheduled to have a community kitchen, great room, learning center, playground and sitting porch.  Construction will hopefully begin in this year.  The RMH of Charlotte is an independent 501 (c) (3) charity managed by a local board of directors which will oversee construction and operation of the home.  The cost of building and operating the RMH of Charlotte will come primarily from individual and corporate donations.  The RMH of Charlotte will be funded, constructed and operated by the Charlotte community.  The mission of the RMH of Charlotte is to provide the families of children being treated in area medical facilities with a safe, affordable and caring “home away from home.”  For more information on RMH of Charlotte, visit www.rmhofcharlotte.org.

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