by Jan Gunter
On Saturday we received a tremendous honor! Our video, “Meet the Digits”, won the DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards in the Medium Organization category. Along with this honor comes a $2,500 grant, a customized Flip video camera, and the privilege of having our video featured on the YouTube home page for an entire day (last Saturday)! That YouTube part is sort of like having our video seen during the Super Bowl.
When we found out “Meet the Digits” was a finalist, we worked hard to mobilize our supporters – like you – and it worked! We sent out an email, posted on Facebook and Twitter, wrote a blog post, posted on our website and encouraged people to vote and share. You did vote and you did share, and we did win!
In 2007 when I first came to work at the Ronald McDonald House, we served about 500 families at the old House. Just three short years later in 2010, in our larger House and with the opening of the first Ronald McDonald Family Room in Austin, we served over 1400 families.
Almost every day we hear words like this from one of these families:
“We don’t know what we would have done without you.”
We work hard on things like this video project, and we’re proud – oh so proud – of the honor. But the real winners are the families. Every day they come to us, and every day our doors are open. They know they can count on us. We’re here.
This week we won, and we won big! We won’t win all the awards, but we will keep showing up every day and giving it all we’ve got to keep this place going, to ensure that our doors never close.
Thanks for being a part of this great work with us!