Volunteer Spotlight: Brenda Haalboom

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Caring Hearts Legacy Circle

RMHC St. Louis Volunteer Brenda Haalboom Leaves a Lasting Legacy

Fifteen years ago, Brenda Haalboom answered a call for volunteers needed at the Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament. Little did she know, that day would be the first of many spent volunteering for The House That Love Built.

As the organization has grown over the years, Brenda has taken on numerous volunteer roles. From assisting at special events to working at the West Pine and West County Houses, her responsibilities have increased tremendously from that first day on the golf course. Most recently, Brenda has managed and restructured our Meals from the Heart Program, where community groups prepare delicious meals for our guest families. She helped create and implement new processes and procedures to make certain this popular program would be sustainable as we continue to expand.

The Meals from the Heart Program holds a special place in Brenda’s heart. She stated, “Providing meals for the families is one thing we can do to make sure they can focus on what matters most – their sick child.”

More than a decade after her first volunteer opportunity, Brenda took her passion for the mission one step further. She recently disclosed that Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis is part of her estate plan. With this legacy gift, she is not only helping our families today but also in the future.

She recently made a legacy gift to Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis to ensure she is not only helping our guest families today but also in the future.

To honor this generous pledge, Brenda became a member of the Caring Hearts Legacy Circle, which recognizes supporters who have chosen to support families of seriously ill children beyond their lifetime with a legacy gift. Brenda’s name is displayed on our Caring Hearts Legacy Circle wall – a one-of-a-kind, hand-blown art glass installation inside the foyer of our Park Avenue Ronald McDonald House.

Building a bright future for Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis is something Brenda is extremely passionate about. She mentioned, “It is very important to support the legacy of an organization who does so much for families during an unimaginably difficult time in their lives. I wanted to do my part to be sure these services can continue being offered for as long as possible.” By making a lifetime gift, Brenda is helping us do just that.

What started as a day volunteering on the links has transformed into a lasting legacy that will provide families of seriously ill children with comfort, care and a home-away-from-home for years to come.

If you would like to discuss options for including charitable giving in your estate plans, or if you wish to disclose that you have included RMHC St. Louis in your will or trust, please contact Frank Cognata, Vice President of Development at 314-932-4146 or by email at fcognata@rmhcstl.com.