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Helen Bermudez

Volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of Miami has been a life-changing experience. From the moment I stepped into the salient red building, I knew that I was in a place like no other. The environment was one of positivity, support, hope, and most importantly, love. As I immersed myself into the daily lives of the children, families, employees, and volunteers, I further acknowledged the enormous significance of this organization. While playing with children, assisting the guest families, and doing clerical work, I have felt appreciative of the chance to help people who are in their most vulnerable times.

Ronald McDonald House Charities finds pride in the opportunity to provide “a home away from home” for so many families. I am privileged to be part of this team and grateful to have met so many extraordinary individuals who are dedicated to endorsing the House mission and vision. As an aspiring physician, I believe that even the smallest acts can make a difference in someone’s life. As a RMHC volunteer, I have further developed and nurtured my dedication to serving others. I look forward to contributing more of my time to this organization and to helping propel it forward. Furthermore, I am especially enthusiastic about continuing to have the incredible opportunity to serve the children and their families as they face unimaginable challenges.

GA Telesis

GA Telesis is a worldwide leader in providing support services to the commercial aerospace industry. With financial, supply-chain, component and heavy jet engine MRO businesses spanning the globe, GA Telesis is recognized as a pioneering leader in solutions-based services in its sector. As an innovator, GA Telesis is one of the few independent companies in the world capable of providing a total-support-solution to their customers from their front door with several fully integrated operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. GA Telesis also provides leasing and asset management services and maintains an extensive portfolio of leased assets exceeding $1 billion in value.

GA Telesis believes that strong companies build strong communities and we are committed to giving back to the communities that surround us any way we can.  Each of our offices has a relationship with a local charity and throughout the year we participate in clothing, food and supply drives, volunteer for aftercare programs, participate in lunch services and more.  Recently we completed a renovation project on a foster care home at Kids In Distress and are thrilled that a family of 7 is now living there.  In 2016, our Intelligent Community Partners include Kids in Distress, The Broward Partnership for the Homeless, and Ronald McDonald House Charities South Florida.

“We volunteered for the Adopt-A-Meal program at Ronald McDonald House in Miami in June of this year.  It was such a wonderful experience for our group of volunteers to meet the children and families who are staying there as well as the staff.  They were so appreciative.

It is such a simple act – providing and cooking a meal – but it was a very rewarding experience that will stay with us for years to come.”

 

Dustin Wolinsky

In a world of bigger is better, dog eat dog, and cut-throat ladder climbing, sometimes there comes along a truly refreshing story.  Dustin Wolinsky’s story is one of these special stories.  Dustin went to a top university, worked summers as an intern for large corporations, and upon graduation worked for one of the big four accounting firms in New York City.  He made a very comfortable six-figure salary and bought a co-op in the trendy Gramercy park section of Manhattan.

Then Dustin had an epiphany about his life.  He realized it was far better to seek inner happiness instead of temporary material happiness. There were certainly other minor details involved but Dustin made the decision to give up the world of high finance and NYC life to move closer to his family in Florida and start a completely new life.  He always had a flair and passion for baking and applied for a baking position at a local Fresh Market store only after the first choice for the job declined did Dustin get it.  And with it he took a $100,000 pay cut but is doing something he truly loves.

Dustin’s story comes to light because of a conversation he had with Flora Nwalupue, Director of Operations at RMH of Fort Lauderdale where Dustin is a regular volunteer.  She wanted the 20,000 readers of this periodical to hear his story.  The question that is one of the biggest to ask Dustin is simply asking what led to this dramatic change in lifestyle.  His answer is, “it’s not what you do and not what you have, but who you are being in this world.”

Any given day will find Dustin planting, laying bricks, and setting up each apartment units’ new mattresses and box springs.  But his claim to fame is when he bakes for the families that stay at the house. So who is Dustin?  He is a gardener, a brick-layer, a handyman, and a baker who feeds others souls. It’s people like Dustin that make it easy for organizations to be charitable to RMHC.