Central New York, Community, Non-profit

Ronald McDonald House of CNY Announces a New 2018 Youth Advisory Board

Click the Play button above to find out the roles and responsibilities of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York’s Youth Advisory Board members.

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By Shoshana Stahl SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York announced new members to their youth advisory board in January.

There are eight members on the board: Bobby Galusha, Hope Allyn, Noah Ravas, Abbey Bombard, Caitlyn Krahling, Luc Jerome, Eric Leubner and Alexis Martin.

The Ronald McDonald House provides families with children who have serious illnesses or injuries a place to stay for a discounted rate of $25 per night. These children are receiving treatment from hospitals in the area and the Ronald McDonald House offers a home and freshly cooked meal for the families during this time.

The youth advisory board’s major roles are to inform the younger generations of the purpose of the organization and plan fundraising events or events for the families staying at the house. The board is also in charge of planning budgets for these events.

“On the youth advisory board our main focus is to tell the community about the organization, Ronald McDonald House. What I do personally is, I like to tell my school and I like to have fundraisers,” said Abbey Bombard, a three year board member.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the board held a party for the families staying in the house. They budgeted for the event, bought the supplies, set-up the house and then made the food for the event. The food included a vegetable platter, pizza, brownies and other snacks.

The sign made by the youth advisory board to invite the families to the party (c) 2018 Shoshana Stahl

“They’re really good about getting us to use skills about how meetings work. We take minutes. One of us is in charge that day and we plan future events. We work a lot on budgeting,” said Hope Allyn, who has been on the youth advisory board since her sophomore year of high school.

The youth advisory board is still looking for new members. To be eligible to apply you must be between ninth and eleventh grade and fill out the application. For more information on the application process, call 315-476-1027 or email volunteer@rmhcny.org.

“People should apply for this because it’s really good practice for how budgeting works for nonprofit organizations and how we get the name out there. Plus it’s really good for the community,” Allyn said.