Orange County Branch Newsletter

September 2019

ASCE OC Branch & YMF

Breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House

By Ashlyn Alexander | Community Service Co-Chair

ASCE OC hosted a breakfast meal service on August 10, 2019 at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The organization has about 364 houses worldwide. The main purpose of these houses is to give families with children who have serious illnesses or injuries a place they can call home while undergoing treatments at nearby hospitals. Each house provides families with home-cooked meals, bedrooms, and playrooms at little to no cost.

The breakfast meal service began at 7:00 AM and ended at 11:00 AM. We were divided into groups to help with the cooking. Most of our ingredients required the oven so the group strategized how to cook things according to heat of oven, time, quantity and how long they can stay hot before serving. One group was responsible for bacon first and then the biscuits. The group also put the waffles in the oven and the toaster to utilize time and resources. Another group helped with scrambled eggs last. The group was very grateful to have a volunteer who made the sausage gravy from scratch! We provided turkey bacon and two different kinds of sausages to give families different alternatives. Fruits such as bananas and apples were served along with juices, coffee, and cereal. Everyone also cleaned and washed the dishes after.

During the meal service, we get to eat together with families that were staying there to learn more about their stories. They were very nice and appreciative of what we had done. Knowing that we are making a difference in our community brings joy and more drive to give back. We had an amazing time cooking and serving. Please join us at our next volunteering event!

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ASCE OC members having fun cooking breakfast at the Ronald McDonald House!


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