I am a South Buffalo Boy. I attended Canisius College where I participated in their Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program. After graduation I served in the United States Army for two years, after which I began my 35-year civilian career with the US Social Security Administration in Buffalo.
Social Security was a participant in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) program, and they would bring in speakers from various Charities. It was during one of these presentations that I was first introduced to the Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo.
I was impressed by both the Speaker and also the great things that were done at the house. In the back of my mind, I always felt, that the Ronald McDonald House was something I wanted to be a part of.
After I retired, I had the time to take the next step and get involved with the House. Initially, I had no idea what I was going to be doing, I am not a “handy” man so helping to maintain the house was not the best fit for me. But, that said, I sincerely felt that contributing my time to the house was time with purpose. So I forged forward and met with the Volunteer Coordinator at the Buffalo House.
That was 10 years ago and I am proud to say that if it is van runs to the hospital with families or errands for the house, every Thursday and Friday morning, I am your guy!!
Volunteering here makes me feel terrific and a bit sad at the same time. Watching the struggles of the families through their dark times and the resiliency and strength of the families and their ill children is inspiring. If getting them to the hospital so they don’t have to worry about transportation, makes their life a little easier, I am happy to help.
The Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo is a wonderful place filled with the most compassionate and caring people. I am constantly amazed. It has been a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t give up a second of it.
– by Bill McGurn