We call ourselves the “Big Macs” and it’s a group I’m proud to be associated with. Each month, my CopperPoint colleagues and I gather together at the main housing facility for families with children at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, to prepare a home-cooked meal for residents. It’s part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, an organization who offers a “home-away-from-home” for families to feel safe, secure and supported as they manage the challenge of caring for a sick or injured child.
It’s a ritual I look forward to each month. I plan, assign tasks and make sure a healthy,
well-balanced meal is served for the families staying at the facility. It warms my heart to see how a delicious, hot meal can ease the burden from the drudgery of the day and offer comfort and care to so many.
I started volunteering with RMHC Phoenix 10 years ago, and being a “Big Mac” has become a personal passion of mine. I’m thankful I work for such a supportive employer who encourages me to give back to my community and offers annual paid time to volunteer.
I never envisioned my involvement with RMHC would grow to be so much. I volunteered more than 90 hours in the kitchen last year and, in March, I was elected to the board of directors of RMHC. I’ve cooked up more than 100 dinners, and I have no plans of slowing down.
As long as there are sick children and families who need relief, I know in my heart that there will be more pasta meals, taco nights and Thanksgiving feasts ahead.
CopperPoint recognized Chiko Swiney with the 2017 Don Smith Volunteer of the Year Award for her work with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix. The award includes a $500 donation to the charity. Read a news release of her recognition here.
Chiko Swiney is an attorney-at-law for CopperPoint Insurance Companies, a leading provider of workers compensation insurance and property and casualty insurance products. She serves on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board of Directors.