Ronald McDonald House
If it’s Tuesday, RMHC–Hawaii volunteer statistician Iris Inouye can usually be found in front of a computer at the Judd Hillside House inputting, organizing and archiving performance data that the organization uses as benchmarks and as a planning tool.
She does a really good job, but it isn’t surprising since Iris brings with her a 16 year teaching background (she taught at McKinley High School and as a resource teacher with the D.O.E), along with many years of experience as a Real Estate Broker. As the owner of IYI Realty LLC, Iris now decides her own schedule and always finds time to help out the Ronald McDonald House. Iris and her husband Carey (a physics teacher at Iolani) live in Niu Valley and have two adult daughters, Torrie and Sara.
Computer work isn’t the only way Iris has assisted since becoming a RMHC–Hawaii volunteer back in 2001. “I have made van runs, helped with newsletters and special events, and I’ve cleaned up the kitchen a few times too,” Iris recalls with a smile. “I enjoy volunteering here. It does tug at the heartstrings to see the families going through what they are. But I have learned from my parents that giving is an important part of life — and my life has been so blessed.”
RMHC–Manager of House operations Nikee Wainit, who works closely with Iris, says that she is “incredible.” “She is just what you hope a volunteer will be like. She’s smart, reliable, and flexible. Iris has been very, very helpful to the organization, and a wonderful member of our RMHC family.”