How easy was it for Carol Bingham to decide to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois?
“It was a no brainer for me to volunteer here.”
Carol is one of many RMHCCI volunteers and started giving her time in 2016. After retiring from a career that kept her busy, she needed something to do and knew all the good work that Ronald McDonald House® was doing in her community and for families from around the area. Carol coordinates the Guest Chef program and the Peoria House Pathway to Hope project and is always willing to lend a hand with other projects as needed. Read more about Carol and her favorite part of volunteering for the organization below.
When did you start volunteering at RMHCCI?
Spring of 2016 after I retired in January.
What made you want to volunteer at the House?
After working 60+ hours a week, I needed something to do. However, I also knew of the good work that the Ronald McDonald House provided to our community, so it was a no brainer for me to volunteer here.
What type of volunteer work do you do at the House?
I coordinate the guest chef program in addition to doing computer work especially the Exceed program. I also coordinate the ongoing brick project for the Peoria House. Basically, I am willing to do anything that keeps me busy.
How has your role as a volunteer changed since COVID-19?
Per RMHC's COVID-19 protocol, I have not been able to come into the House like I like to. However, while at home, I was still able to keep up my work on guest chef meals and the brick project remotely on the computer. I have also been able to help keep Exceed updated with guest information from home too. I look forward to getting back to the Houses regularly again.
What’s your favorite part about volunteering at RMHC?
I not only enjoy the work I am doing knowing that I am productive for a great charity but I also have met so many nice people from staff, volunteers and guests who are awesome to work with. I really missed them during those months of not being able to come into the House and see everyone.
Interested in becoming a volunteer?
Visit our volunteer page to learn more!