Coordinator, Student Success Initiatives, Academic Advisement Center
The Public Affairs Staff Spotlight for the month of March features a new member of the Student Development and Public Affairs unit. Kim began her work with the Ronald McDonald House nineteen years ago when she was in college and her roommate was heavily involved with the organization. Kim heard about the Ronald McDonald House and quickly fell in love with the organization. She found herself in an Assistant Manager position at the local Ronald McDonald House not long after that. After college, Kim says that she continued to volunteer at the House on a regular basis, going to visit the families and helping around the House about once a week. Kim still volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House here in Springfield, and even brings her daughter with her. “It’s a chance for us to bond,” Kim says “and it’s great to see how much she really enjoys doing it.” Kim says her favorite part about volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House is getting to interact with the families and not only be a support for them, but watching them be a support for each other.
Her work at the Ronald McDonald House mainly involves providing emotional support for the families and helping them clean and perform other necessary tasks around the house. However, she has also volunteered for the events that Ronald McDonald House hosts and participates in including her favorite, the “Cup O’ Cheer Homes Tour”. In addition to her work with the Ronald McDonald House, Kim donates to C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue and other charitable organizations. She has also participated in Relay for Life at Missouri State University. She has even supported a child from Kenya for about thirteen years through ChildFund International. In short, Kim is very familiar with community engagement and takes ownership of her responsibility to give back to the community. This makes her a great fit for this month’s spotlight and as the new member of the SDPA team! Welcome and congratulations, Kim!