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Lexi Buren

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services


Minor/option/emphasis: CHFS-Child Programs

Company/Organization: Ronald McDonald House Des Moines
Company/Organization website: https://rmhdesmoines.org/
Destination: Des Moines, Iowa
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
I do all kinds of things! I check in and check out families, lean rooms and do household chores when necessary, interact with guests, and do administrative tasks like updating spreadsheets, creating classroom presentations, making flyers, etc.

I accomplished...
Being able to interact and connect with families even though I am only here 4 days per week. As much as I wish these families could go home, some of them have been here for the majority of my time here and it's been so great getting to know them!

I learned...
I learned how important RMH is to families. Even families who stay for one night are so so grateful for the option to be here. I also learned how important volunteers are! It would be impossible for the staff to do everything they had to do and keep the house looking clean and nice for all the guests. The volunteers make everything so much easier!!

Advice for others...
Try something new! I didn't know that I'd want to work in a non-profit, but have LOVED my experience and am now looking for jobs in a non-profit!!

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