Working with Partners
During TechCom (CSC’s global technology conference) in Atlanta, GA, in 2014, CSC had the opportunity to exercise its corporate — and personal — citizenship through activities that benefitted the local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). RMHC is a global organization dedicated to keeping families together to help kids heal faster and cope better.
TechCom 2014 attendees raised over $17,000 in donations through employee giving, and for the RMHC Adopt-A-Family program.
Working With Partners And TechCom
The Gatewood Ronald McDonald House (RMH) just outside Atlanta needed some freshening, especially for the main living spaces (playroom, arts and crafts room, video game room). Our volunteers worked with CSC partners and TechCom suppliers to renovate the living room and play area by contributing new books and furniture, shelving units to house equipment, games, a Lego corner, Thomas the Train area, gaming systems and many other items. The three-day makeover took place in July and far exceeded expectations.
Pack a Bag
A family is welcome to their room at RMH for as long as their child is receiving daily treatment. Once a family is able to go home, packing up to leave can be stressful, and is often followed by a lengthy ride home. For the first time, thanks to CSC, RMH has been able to offer “Good-Bye Bags” that contain items children and parents may enjoy when they leave. During one evening, the Hanover Ballroom turned into an assembly line for TechCom volunteers to put together Good-Bye Bags, including plenty of items on hand (like car games, snacks, water bottles, special treats, gas cards) and a note of well wishes for each specifically prepared bag.
Restock a Kitchen
The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Wing at the Gatewood RMH is specially equipped with 10 private suites for families with post-transplant children who need to be protected from exposure after receiving heart, liver, kidney, and blood and marrow transplants. Families literally live in the suites while their child's immune system recovers and becomes stronger. After six years of continuous use, the kitchen supplies in the suites needed an upgrade. CSCers stocked a makeshift "store" with everything needed (pans, coffee pots, utensils, plates, cups, etc.) and the TechCom volunteers "shopped" the store and helped organize items to be carefully distributed.