WV AmeriCorps VISTAs honor our country by giving back!

BY ARIN SHATTO, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT VISTA, THE HUB

A trio of VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) gathered to spend a morning serving the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Morgantown, West Virginia. The organization allows family members to stay close to their children as they receive medical care.

Maddie Ferrell, a VISTA serving with Friends of Deckers Creek, organized the opportunity. The team began by beautifying the landscape that surrounds the Ronald McDonald signage. This included pulling weeds and tending to existing flowers. Afterwards, they toured the exterior of the property and cleared the garden areas of any imperfections. Once supplies were stored and trash was removed, the trio sat together at a picnic table, under a blossoming tree, and reflected on their time together. 

“Volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House was a wonderful experience. It was so nice to be reminded of how many wonderful organizations are here in West Virginia giving back to the community. I also appreciated having the opportunity to meet other VISTAs and learn more about their role and their host organization,” Ferrell said.

Arin Shatto, the Community Engagement VISTA serving with The West Virginia Community Development Hub, felt a personal connection to the organization. “A few of my family members have utilized the Ronald McDonald House Charities in times of desperate need. Staff and volunteers provided a home away from home that was filled with compassion, kindness, and love. It was humbling to be able to give back, in some small way, to an organization that continues to make a difference in our community.”

Now it’s your turn, West Virginia! Take action.

Do you want to make a difference in a family’s life? Learn more about how to donate or volunteer with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc here.

Do you want to give back by building capacity in your community? Learn more about what it means to be an AmeriCorps VISTA here.

Desmond Tutu once said, “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” 

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