JLM Wins Heart & Soul Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities

Members of the Junior League of Madison (JLM) received the Heart & Soul Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at its 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Event held on May 22, 2022. The annual award recognizes one big-hearted individual or organization that strengthens and serves RMHC’s vision of communities where all children have access to healthcare and families receive the support they need to fully participate in their child’s care.

“This place is the best! My son was born with liver disease and was transferred to Madison (3 hours from home) for surgery. Thank you to the volunteers for everything you do! It makes us have hope when we feel like everything is crashing down around us!”– Dayna, Ronald McDonald House family


Sarah Barnes and Kate Karre accept award

Sarah Barnes and Kate Karre accept Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison Heart and Soul Award

Despite record price increases, food shortages and lean workforces over the last year, the Junior League of Madison continued their support of RMHC by providing a home-cooked meal every month for RMHC families facing illness and nearby hospital stays. While many organizations had difficulty finding volunteers for these types of activities, JLM members like Sarah Barnes were steadfast in their commitment to the League’s community partners. 

“Serving RMDH and its residents has been a highlight of my Junior League career. Whether it has been cooking dinner or fundraising dollars, I know that I am serving one of the worthiest organizations around. I look back on my time at RMDH with tremendous joy and can’t wait to accomplish more for them.” – Sarah Barnes, JLM Member

JLM’s support for RMHC began over 25 years ago — even before the organization opened in the Madison area — and included initial fundraising efforts to help bring Ronald McDonald House to Madison, writing the first volunteer handbook, and cooking meals for families staying at the house each month. Meet the other Heart & Soul Award recipients here.

If you would like to learn more about the Junior League of Madison’s work with RMHC and other Madison area organizations, contact the Membership team today!