George Washington's 2012 Atlantic 10 runner-up softball squad stepped off the field and into the kitchen to prepare meals for residents of Washington, D.C.'s Ronald McDonald House twice in the past month.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization that assists families with children undergoing medical treatment. The house contains 25 bedrooms and is home to many families, providing support for families seeking the best quality of life possible for children undergoing medical hardship.
Volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House can assist in a number of tasks, including cooking meals, gardening and decorating, among other household chores. The GW softball team cooked several meals for the house and decorated for the holiday season.
The first day of volunteering included stocking the kitchen with homemade chili and cornbread as well as creating a winter wonderland motif in the large family common room.
The second day included a full-scale effort as the team took on three volunteer shifts to prepare baked ziti and cookies followed by a round of household chores to tidy up the common areas and children's playroom. The house must be kept pristine to ensure the health of the families.
"Keeping the house extraordinarily clean is essential because guests will be visiting loved ones with weakened immune systems," said freshman Maura Murphy. "I really felt like our efforts made a difference, and it was touching to see how gracious the people were. I knew I was making their lives just a little easier."
GW softball's efforts continue to illustrate the athletics department's ongoing effort to become a strong presence in the Washington, D.C., community and continually give back to a city that supports GW's student-athletes.
"It's always great to have the opportunity to help others," said senior co-captain Autumn Taylor. "In this case, we are happy to ease the minds of families who already have so much to think about."