Finding Purpose

I grew up on a dairy farm in Lockport. As I look at my life, I have always thought I was the luckiest person in the world. I was a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Olmsted School for 32 years. I have a wonderful husband and a rather rambunctious Shih-poo named Daisy. When I retired from my teaching job, I looked at it as a chance to get involved with interesting things and maybe give back to others who might need a boost.

I was on a quest to find a purpose with my new free time. I had heard about the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House from a teacher colleague of mine who was volunteering at the House. It was that motivation that brought me to the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House about 8 years ago.

I really like being a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. I have found purpose here. Helping others is a very fulfilling feeling. Meeting all the people is the best part – speaking with the families, listening to their story and just being there for them. It is a great feeling. It’s why I’m here.

Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, I volunteer as an administrative assistant. I do all sorts of things at “the desk” from computer work to stickers to answering the phone and helping guest families. I can grow my skills and organize – one of my most favorite things to do!

I really feel like being part of the RMH family. I always feel welcome, needed, and appreciated. I guess I am one of the luckiest people in the world.

– by Kathy Richards