Ronald McDonald House

Brookfield Central’s National Honors Society has partnered up the Ronald McDonald House in support of ameliorating the conditions of hospitalized children. The charity works to house and support the families of young patients admitted to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which is located directly across from the House on Watertown Plank Road. Brookfield Central NHS students offer their services every two weeks, preparing lunches for the house’s guests. Known as “Lunch2Go”, the program supplies families with bagged lunches, which they can grab from the refrigerator at their leisure and take wherever they wish, hence the title. Every other Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., students volunteer their time to prepare lunches like sandwiches, fruit salads, pasta salads, and fruit entrees with various snacks and desserts. The guests, thanks to this program, are able to have an affordable and fluid stay, giving them plenty of time to visit loved ones undergoing treatment. “It was honestly one of the most fun volunteering experiences I’ve had,” say Emily Cape, ’11. “It was also really rewarding because of the knowledge that you’re making things a little easier for the families that are going through such a difficult time, having a hospitalized child.” The partnership between the NHS and the Ronald McDonald House will likely grow in the coming years, as the House is currently undergoing construction to accommodate for double their current capacity. While NHS members typically volunteer, anyone can contact an NHS member and give time for a fantastic way to spend Saturday midday.