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Say “Hi” to Sharon Miller

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We are thankful for our Board Members who help guide us through this wild mission of keeping families close. They are who we turn to when we need advice on finances, marketing, or hospital dynamics. On our board, we have Sharon Miller. She recently retired from her career in Human Resources in the Information and

Technology industry. After spending 20 years in Fargo, she has made great relationships and cares deeply for her community. We sat down with her to ask her why she does what she does.

What drew you to volunteer on the Board with RMHC? 

I have been on the Sweetheart Ball Committee for over 10 years and I always hoped to serve on the Board when I had more time and/or retired.  With my recent retirement in 2018, it was a great time to serve yet keep my seat on the Sweetheart Ball Committee as well.  The organization has always been dear to my heart and helping families in need is a privilege.

What do you wish more people knew about RMHC? 

I am always talking about RMHC and the mission.  The key message is an affordable “home away from home” for families focused on healthcare for their children.  The personal approach by the staff and volunteers create a warm and welcoming place to recharge and relax. 

What are 3 words you would use to describe RMHC? 

Caring. Committed. Compassionate.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a part of RMHC? 

The opportunity to “give back” when I have had a life of many blessings.  I have 3 healthy children and 3 healthy grandchildren.  I can’t imagine the pain and heartache for parents faced with healthcare challenges with their lovely children.  I am in awe of their strength and unconditional love. 

What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with RMHC? 

I recently retired and will continue to do consulting gigs at times, especially in HR Training.  I also serve on the Hope Blooms Board.  Volunteering is a passion for me.  Of course, spending time with my grandchildren in the Minneapolis area is a big part of my life.  My last child is going to college in the fall so an empty nest is in my future!

What’s your favorite thing about being a part of the Fargo community? 

I have had an amazing career in the F-M area which has lead to strong personal and professional relationships.  I live on a farm by Mapleton, ND where my husband is a 4th generation farmer.  I have been able to work, volunteer and live with great opportunities.  The F-M area is committed to non-profits, and I have seen it first-hand from my 6 years with CCRI, 17 years as a scorekeeper with the Roger Maris Golf Tournament, 10 years + with RMHC and now as a newly appointed Hope Blooms board member.  

What is your favorite season and why? 

My favorite season of the year is SUMMER.  I love flip flops and summer dresses!  The farm is always beautiful with the crops growing around the farmstead.  I am all about sunshine and warm weather.  In the winter, I can’t wait for the annual March trips to beachy locations– aww! 

If you could do one thing on your bucket list this year, what would it be? 

To take a long weekend with my husband to Las Vegas and see a show! 

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I am grateful for the opportunity to help RMHC move their mission forward.

 

What’s cookin’?

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Happy July – or should I say end of July. My, how time flies when you’re having fun!

This month was our 20th annual golf tournament for Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley. With the help of over 100 golfers on 34 teams, we were able to reach $37,000 dollars! That is amazing. THANK YOU to everyone who donated their time, resources, or money. We cannot do this without you – don’t forget that. Along with the golf tournament, we hired a new Development Coordinator, went to a few conferences, and continued to improve our new House. It’s crazy how fast the summer goes, but we are thankful for the warmth… both in the people AND the weather.

I don’t think we can tell people enough about the amazing volunteers we have come through our doors each day. Today, I thought we could focus on our cooking and baking chefs/volunteers because the kitchen is truely the heart of any home. We’ve compiled recipes used in our kitchen from the past year to share with you. Help me introduce our first ever Cookbook: 2019 Edition.

 

 

These recipes are tried and true and ready for you to attempt. When volunteers come, we tell them they should anticipate feeding twelve hungry adults. If you and your friends would like to take over our kitchen for the night, please visit our website under “volunteers” or email Ashley at ashley@rmhcfargo.org

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We’re back!

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Hey folks!

Long time, no see. Like, a really long time. We’re sorry. You helped us build our beautiful new house and we got so caught up in how great it is to offer to our families that we didn’t carve out enough time for this blog throughout the process.  Continue reading

National Nonprofit Day

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Happy National Nonprofit Day! Here at the Ronald McDonald House, we are happy to do our work in a community so vibrant with nonprofits and helpers. We are convinced that good work is happening every day in the Fargo-Moorhead area and are so grateful to be part of this nonprofit landscape.  Continue reading

The Beginnings of RMHC of the Red River Valley

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“We have been at the hospital for almost 12 hours and it seems like a lifetime. I just looked in on Sara and she looks so beautiful and peaceful laying in her crib. She has been so brave and good considering all of the poking, prodding and sticking with needles they have done to her. I almost feel guilty because she is braver than I am. Sometimes she just lays in her crib, eyes wide open, laying so still. What could she be thinking about? Is there a remote chance she knows what is ahead and isn’t afraid? How come I am more afraid than I have ever been in my whole life?” -Bev McAllister, December 1978 journal excerpt  Continue reading

An interview with our builder: Nor-Son, Inc.

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Ron, inside the house, giving a tour of the office area

Ron Myrvold, Vice President of Construction – Fargo Operations, giving a tour of the new house.

Nor-Son, Inc. was the construction manager for our new Ronald McDonald House. The new house is located at 4757 Agassiz Crossing Dr. S. in Fargo, ND. The team we worked with at Nor-Son has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to ensure a successful and beautiful space for families to find comfort after a long day. Nor-Son has worked diligently so that the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo can continue helping families stay together.  It has been a delight working with the team at Nor-Son throughout the entire building process.

We interviewed Mark Korte of Nor-Son, Inc. so you can get to know the team too!  

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Talking with Volunteer Lori Tiongson

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Lori and husband standing in formal wear at Sweetheart Ball

Chris and Lori at the 2018 Sweetheart Ball

We want to introduce you to another amazing RMHC volunteer! This is Lori Tiongson.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Lori Erickson Tiongson, born and raised in Fargo. After graduating from Concordia I moved to Iowa for graduate school, then got married and moved to Kansas City and Sioux Falls before eventually returning with my family to Fargo. My husband Chris and I have 2 kids: Emily, a junior in college, and Eric, a junior in high school. Continue reading

Talking with Volunteer Judy Greene

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Sig & Judy standing outside underneath a tree

Sig & Judy at a Volunteer Appreciation event

Judy Greene has been a weekly volunteer as a Heartwarmer here at the South Ronald McDonald House for the last 13 years. We asked her a few questions about her volunteer experience with RMHC.

What got you started volunteering here?

My friend Sig was going to volunteer here and I said, “I will too!” We started together, and I remember mostly how much sawdust there was! The house was in the final stages of remodeling in the Summer of 2005 and we were getting the kitchen ready for the families. Continue reading

An interview with our architect: Foss Architecture & Interiors

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Shelly & Shari standing outside with "crazy" hats on

Shelly & Shari at the RMHC Yard Sale

Foss Architecture & Interiors acted as our architect and interior designer for our new Ronald McDonald House. The new house is located at 4757 Agassiz Crossing Dr. S. in Fargo, ND. The team we worked with at Foss has been incredibly helpful, going above and beyond to ensure a beautiful space for families to recharge. From the overall architecture to the paint color on the walls, Foss has worked diligently so that the Ronald McDonald House in Fargo can continue helping families stay together.  It has been a delight working with the team at Foss throughout the entire planning and building process.

We interviewed Shari and Shelly of Foss so you can get to know part of the team too!

Talk briefly about your role at Foss Architecture & Interiors.

Foss’s role for this project was as a team. Shari being the design architect taking the project through design to documentation to construction administration. Shelly was the interior designer selecting finishes, designing interior details and preparing interiors documentation. But the Foss team extends past Shari and Shelly to include our project architect, specification writer, construction administrator and various others at Foss. Truly a team effort! Continue reading

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