Inspiring – That’s the word used time and time again to describe the experience of volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis by team members from Orion Federal Credit Union.
“Our first involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis was in 2013 when we were a ticket booth sponsor at the Big Scoop Ice Cream Festival,” said Lee Ferguson, Orion Federal Credit Union Marketing Specialist.
From there Orion Federal Credit Union and its employees’ support of Ronald McDonald House of Memphis has expanded.
“The following year, we made Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis one of the recipients of our signature giving initiative, Orion Gives Back, and also supplied a team of volunteers to work the Radiothon that fall,” Ferguson said. “In early 2015 we hosted and served a meal for the families, and from there the interest from our employees has grown so that we usually have a volunteer presence at Ronald McDonald House events.”
According to Ferguson, it’s no secret why the credit union and its employees have a soft spot for Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and its families.
“All it takes is one visit to the House or a short conversation with a member of a family who is staying there to realize that what the staff at the House does is so special and makes such a difference in the lives of those kids and their families,” Ferguson said. “It’s impossible not to want to do everything in your power to ensure that Ronald McDonald House of Memphis has all the resources it needs to not just continue operating, but to grow and be able to house even more families.”
Ferguson said the time spent at Ronald McDonald House has given some of their employees a new outlook on life. “Everyone loves meeting and spending time with the kids and their families. And you can’t help but see your life and the challenges you face with a new perspective after seeing what they go through and how hard they fight just to get healthy - something most of us take for granted.”
One way that Orion empowers its employees to get involved in the community is with scheduled time off to volunteer for any charitable organization of their choosing. “Not surprisingly, Ronald McDonald House has proven to be one of the most popular options,” Ferguson said. “The staff does a great job of keeping us in the loop whenever there’s a volunteer opportunity coming up. So it makes it easy to get the word out to our employees.”