The Ronald McDonald House of Fargo has an exceptional group of people who make up our Board. At the office, we see how they care deeply for the mission of RMHC, put forth hard work to keep families close and joyfully support this community. We were curious as to what drives these passionate individuals to serve on our Board so we simply asked them. Their answers are pretty inspiring. Today we’ll share about Kirsten Jensen and how she is #forRMHC.
What drew you to volunteer on the Board with RMHC?
I volunteer for the RMHC board in honor of a most amazing little boy, my nephew Henry. He was born at 28 weeks and had a hard fight coming into this world. He was born in Billings, MT. Not long into his journey they determined that he needed heart surgery and he was airlifted to Denver Children’s. My sister-in-law, Sarah, and brother, Adam, benefited from RMHC during his 8-week stay in Denver. While he was there, my brother got a job opportunity that would move the family from Billings to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. When he was healthy enough, Henry was moved to the Cities. As you can imagine, house hunting when you have a baby in the NICU is not an easy feat. RMHC made it possible for Sarah and Adam to stay focused on Henry. We’re so grateful for that.
Today, Henry is a precocious 6-year-old who loves country music, game shows and reading. He has a completely contagious zest for life that is a gift to many.
Having witnessed the challenge of a health journey with a child in my family, my heart goes out to the families we serve here in Fargo. I am so thankful that we have space that reduces the practical burdens of the journey and creates a sense of community with families on a similar journey.
What do you do when you aren’t volunteering with RMHC?
I’m married and mom to two boys, Davis (12) and Reid (8). We love reading, family movie night and exploring technology together. My boys love to help me support RMHC – always willing to don the red and white stripes and help to spread the word.
I’m also a new entrepreneur. I just started my own social media training and consulting business here in Fargo.
What’s your favorite thing about being a part of the Fargo community?
Fargo is a great place to raise a family – I’m so thankful for good schools and great neighborhoods. It’s also an incredible place to start a business. I’ve been amazed by the sheer number of people cheering me on.
What do you wish more people knew about RMHC?
It is my hope that families know that RMHC is available to them when they have a child in the hospital. That there’s a place where they can get a home-cooked meal and connect with other families that understand their journey.
And, if you’re looking for volunteer opportunities, RMHC has many ways you can get involved. It’s a great place to get started volunteering.
What are 3 words you would use to describe RMHC?
Home, connection, close
What has been the most rewarding aspect of being a part of RMHC?
The family stories are what make it most worthwhile. The photos of families finally taking their babies home. Or, the families who come back and share what it meant to them to have a place to stay while their child was in the hospital. I’m likely to tear up at least once a week from a story that is shared by the staff, either directly to the board or via social media.
For Giving Hearts Day, my family will be wearing the striped socks to #GoMatchyMatchy for RMHC. I challenge you to order some socks and join in the fun! And, support RMHC during Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 9!