PHOENIX, Ariz. (Oct. 30, 2018): Nearly 40 American Technologies, Inc. (ATI) volunteers have begun a series of improvements and renovations valued at $40,000 as part of a series of days of service at the Ronald McDonald House at 501 E. Roanoke Ave. ATI is a residential and commercial restoration and reconstruction company with offices in Phoenix.
The work began on Oct. 13. Some projects will take until the first of the year to complete. ATI is donating all materials and costs.
“We are absolutely overwhelmed by this incredible donation of time, talent and materials for our Roanoke campus,” said Nancy Roach, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona. “ATI has been a wonderful partner for Ronald McDonald House and has already provided so much to the families we serve. The ATI team just continues to find new ways to make a difference.”
The biggest component of the project is the renovation of Windsor House, a small building on the Roanoke campus used for board meetings, public gatherings and events including the annual Santa’s Workshop where volunteers organize and wrap holiday gifts for families staying at the house while their children undergo often lifesaving medical care. During this phase, volunteers will install new cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting and a flat-screen television with sound bars.
Other projects include painting the exterior of the residential building’s south elevation, re-leveling pavers on the property, installing new door sweeps in six rooms, repairing and painting water-damaged ceilings in two rooms, repairing and painting drywall in a storage closet and pouring a concrete slab in another storage area.
“Every time we’re at the House, whether we’re working on volunteer projects or just visiting with families at dinner time, we can see how important it is for these families to have a safe, comfortable and warm place to stay at very difficult time,” said ATI Regional Manager Jason Raines. “That’s what drives us to be part of the effort.“
In 2017, nearly 1,100 families from 15 Arizona counties and 26 states stayed at one of the three Valley Ronald McDonald Houses. Ninety percent of families were from Arizona. No family is ever turned away for being unable to pay the $15 nightly fee that is asked. The cost to Ronald McDonald House to house a family for one night is $76.
Financial support from the community, through direct donations, grants, fund-raising events and third-party fundraisers, help cover those costs.
“Community partners like ATI are vital to our mission,” Roach said. “And vital to our families.”
For more information about how to create third-party events or projects, including pop tab collections, visit www.rmhccnaz.org.
• Jerry Diaz, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, (602) 264-2654; [email protected]
• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040; [email protected]
About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, Inc. provides a “home-away-from-home” for children and their families who travel to metropolitan Phoenix to receive treatment for serious, often life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The three houses operated in metropolitan Phoenix can accommodate up to 78 families a night. Families stay for days, weeks, sometimes months at a time while their children receive care. Since opening its doors in 1985, families from across the state and around the world have checked into the Ronald McDonald House more than 50,000 times. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, a non-profit organization supported by individual, corporate and foundation donations, never turns away a family if they cannot afford the $15 nightly fee requested. For more information, visit www.rmhccnaz.org.