I don’t think there is a greater feeling in the world then giving back… especially when it involves something that is deeply rooted in your culture.

By: Katy Smithy, Work and Travel Business Development Manager

Recently I had the experience to travel to Cape Cod, MA to meet some of our stellar participants working at a number of McDonald’s restaurants all along the Cape. We made the journey together to the Boston Ronald McDonald House to serve dinner for families that had children receiving treatment for cancer. The participants had an opportunity to bring in their home culture and make traditional meals from their home countries.

This volunteer experience also gave them an opportunity to connect them with a passion of their employer in such a unique and personal way. They were able to learn more about McDonalds and the impact that the organization has made on so many families across the nation and the world. McDonald’s operator, Mark McBee, started working at McDonalds at a young age and is currently a board of trustee member for the Ronald McDonald House of Charities of Eastern New England. You can tell from his attendance in the event, as well as their Human Resources Director, Gabrielle McBee, volunteerism is in their blood.

Working with the participants and encouraging them get hands on in their community was by far my favorite part of the trip.

It was truly wonderful to see them in action zooming around the grocery shopping and tirelessly cooking down to the last minute. Each of them working together selflessly for families they had never met before. On the drive home one of the participants said that it made him a better person knowing that he made an impact. Cheers to another successful Greenheart Service Project!