This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for our ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House charities
For nearly ten years, Rose Paving has volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House Charities, donating our paving services and visiting to cook our favorite recipes for their Meals from the Heart program. Today, Rose Paving has a robust philanthropy program that maintains our commitment to giving back to our communities throughout the year, and it was our earliest partnership with Ronald McDonald House that launched it all. Our dedication to serving the people we care about doesn’t stop at providing superior paving services to our customers: we are also dedicated to lending a helping hands to those in need.
Why We Love Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House Charities help sick children and their families focus on beating their illnesses by providing housing near the specialty treatment centers at little to no cost, keeping families together and allowing kids to travel to find the best care. The Meals from the Heart program was developed by the Ronald McDonald House near Chicago’s Lurie’s Children’s Hospital to provide families with fresh, home-cooked meals lovingly prepared by volunteers. As a national provider, the Rose Paving family stretches across the U.S. and Canada, and so does the Ronald McDonald House family. This year our Chicago, Tampa and Southern California teams have all partnered with local Ronald McDonald House charities to spread a message close to our hearts: that the Rose Paving family is wholehearted, reliable, purposeful and giving.
Giving Every Job Our All
Fred Coleman, who pioneered Rose Paving’s involvement with the Ronald McDonald house nearly a decade ago, says he and his fellow team members take great pride in the meals they prepare for the families staying at Ronald McDonald homes. The Meals from the Heart program asks volunteers to prepare a meal and provides menu guidelines a few weeks in advance. Once our volunteers have picked their cuisine, “We go out and get fresh ingredients,” Coleman said. “I go to the store that day.” We have some skilled amateur chefs at Rose Paving, and we work hard to make our volunteer meal delicious and fun for the families we serve. “We like to do themed events, where we’ll do Italian, Mexican, grilling, you name it. We even do tailgate food for football season,” Coleman said. Just like we give each paving project our all, we bring the same enthusiasm to our philanthropy work. “Most of the times I’ve gone, they comment that it’s one of the best meals they’ve had in awhile.”
Our Ongoing Commitment to Giving Back
“When we walk through the halls of our local Ronald McDonald Houses and the staff and families say, “Hey, it’s Rose Paving!” it makes us proud of the work that we do there,” said Teri Kasprzak, Marketing Coordinator in our Chicago office. And the Ronald McDonald House is only one of many charities we work with. In 2011 we created a formal Philanthropy Committee to manage our many efforts to give back to our communities. “Ronald McDonald House was kind of the catalyst that got our philanthropy efforts started as we expanded into different markets,” Coleman said. “As our national reach has grown, our commitment to service has grown with us.” Today, Rose Paving’s many philanthropy partners include the Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Make-a-Wish Foundation, One Warm Coat, the ASPCA and many more local and national organizations. We think it’s the least we can do to give back to the communities that give so much to us. As we prepare to spend this Thanksgiving with our own families, we are thankful for our giant Rose Paving family, and the loyal relationships we’ve built with our clients, our team and our neighbors over four decades of service.
At Rose Paving, giving back isn’t just something we do: it’s who we are. Learn more about what makes Rose Paving different.