Ronald McDonald House in Omaha looking for volunteers to help with expansion

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Ronald McDonald House in Omaha currently has the capacity to serve 20 families while their children are receiving treatment. An ongoing construction project is doubling that number to 40.

New additions will include a treatment center, classrooms for children, and a chapel. And most importantly the extra space means a shorter wait.

"We can eliminate the waiting list that we have been carrying for the last two years and get the families the care and support that they deserve," said Lindsey Rai Kortan with the Ronald McDonald House.

Staff and volunteers are excited for the additions, as they know any comfort they can provide goes a long way.

"What we're trying to do in Omaha is take that a step further and if we can continue to shorten that length of stay based on all of these programming additions that we maybe haven't had the opportunity to see before, we believe that we can be a much greater part that's part of the comprehensive continuum of care in relationship to the hospitals and us." said Lindsey

Jay Nelsen is a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House and has been volunteering every tuesday for the past two years. Jay knows that with double the number of families moving in, more help will be needed to prepare for a smooth transition.

"If you come and do the work, even if it's just for an hour and you're stuffing envelopes or you're answering phones or you're playing games with the children, it'll make a difference to your life and more importantly it'll make a difference to their life."

Anyone that would like to volunteer is asked to call 402-346-9377 for details.