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NEO Leadership Students Team Up with the Ronald McDonald House

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NEO leadership students lend a helping hand to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. The select group of students are Agricultural Ambassadors, who after a rigorous application process were chosen to represent the college on campus and beyond.

"The Ag Ambassadors really have a great tradition of being very upstanding students and citizens within their communities so I think it's such a great fit serving them as leaders and also allowing them to  be a part of this service opportunity,” says NEO co-sponsor McKenzie Nygren.

Sophomore Johannah Richardson is excited to see the program in action.

"We see the boxes at McDonalds whenever you stop in and drop some coins in there and hope you're doing something good but it's awesome to be able to know where that's going and to being here and seeing who that's helping exactly,” says Richardson.

With only one full time paid staff position here at the Ronald McDonald House officials say volunteers like the students coming in from neo are the lifeblood of the organization."

"We can't do the things that we do in terms of caring for families without a solid network of volunteers,” says Ronald McDonald House Field Relations Manager Rick Barbieri.

Ronald McDonald officials hope the partnership will not only help the organization to serve families but will help the students become leaders in their future endeavors.

“Through the Ronald McDonald house program our families come together in a community and it's through that community that they learn to support each other while their child is going through a serious illness. We hope that the volunteers that are here and the ambassadors that are here will come away with that knowledge and that understanding,” says Barbieri.

The house depends on more than a hundred volunteers to help serve some two hundred families per year.
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