At Smith & Howard our purpose is “to be valuable to our clients, our people and the community.” That certainly holds true for our nonprofit team, as we provide accounting services to many nonprofits around Georgia. The group also has a passion for serving the nonprofit community through board positions and community service events. In June, instead of having a regular monthly business meeting, the team decided our priority would be to give back to the community through a service project. Our group’s community service leaders, Kimberly Bland and Andrea Shanahan, considered over a half dozen projects and were so moved by the mission of the Ronald McDonald House in Sandy Springs that we quickly made it our focus.
What RMHC Does
Ronald McDonald House Charities Sandy Springs provides housing to families with ill and injured children receiving medical care at either Scottish Rite Pediatric Hospital or Northside Hospital. Their mission is to nurture the health and well-being of children and families. In order to expand their mission they built a new facility on Peachtree Dunwoody Road which opened this past December which allowed them to triple the number of families that they can serve.
What We Did
Our nonprofit team arrived at the Ronald McDonald Charities House to prepare breakfast for the families. Our team, including both accounting and marketing professionals, came together to cook eggs, bacon, pancakes and hash browns. When the families arrived, despite the challenges they are facing, they came and said good morning, especially one little boy who kept saying hello every time anyone walked by him, which was sure to put a smile on your face each and every time.
What We Learned
After the event, the team took a tour of the facility to see all of the services the Ronald McDonald House Charities provides. This includes meals, play space, crafts for the entire family, laundry facilities, shuttles to the hospitals and a level of genuine care and concern from the staff that is inspirational. The organization provides so much to their families and we were honored to be a part of the mission even if it was only for only one morning. We will definitely be back.