June 16, 2015 10:04 ET

President Obama Recognizes ABODA for Community Service Performed at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jun 16, 2015) - ABODA, a Seattle area global housing management firm, has received high honors from The White House for its support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska.

The employee-owned firm and its ABODA Cares community outreach program have been awarded "The President's Volunteer Service Award." The award recognizes groups and individuals who show a commitment to strengthen the nation and communities through volunteer service.

During the last year, ABODA Cares, an employee-driven community outreach and philanthropic program, has provided financial support, as well as meals and activities for the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, WA. Led by ABODA employees Sara Belden, Ashley Scarlett and a committee of their colleagues, ABODA Cares has greatly helped the House provide services to families with seriously ill children undergoing treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. Throughout the year, ABODA employees hosted dinners, activity nights and movie nights for the residents, and provided financial support. The House can accommodate up to 80 families per night and typically operates at capacity.

"We were excited when ABODA approached us to offer their support at our Ronald McDonald House," says Executive Director Dianna Finnerty of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska. "That excitement was well placed. ABODA has become a good friend. They are truly nice people."

Sara Belden says everyone gets back so much more than they give by donating their time and energy to support the families at the Ronald McDonald House. "It really is a labor of love," Belden said. "We are deeply honored that Ronald McDonald House Charities nominated us for this recognition," Belden adds.

"We're humbled because these families are battling huge challenges and all we really want to do is lessen their burden, if only a little. When you see someone smile during their toughest times, it makes it worthwhile," ABODA Cares organizer, Ashley Scarlett explains. In addition to Scarlett and Belden, the ABODA Cares committee includes Madeline Palen, Linda Towne, Jocelyn Haugen and Executive sponsor, Erika Heer.

ABODA received the award, pin, and letter from President Obama, thanking ABODA employees for their efforts to make the world a better place. The Award was created in 2003 as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service. More information about The President's Volunteer Service Award is located online at

ABODA is an innovative leader in global housing management services, providing end-to-end solutions to some of the biggest brands in the world, many headquartered in the Seattle area where the firm is based. ABODA Global Housing Management uses a logistics-focused approach, combining the best of program planning and administration, inventory management, execution, service delivery and technology to help corporate clients operate more efficiently and enhance customer experiences. Employee-owned ABODA is flexible enough to meet clients' ever-changing business needs through its award-winning customer service. Learn more about ABODA at or call 1-888-389-0500.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington and Alaska
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Western Washington & Alaska operates the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, which provides a caring "home-away-from-home" for families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. The House provides families with a safe, comfortable place to stay at little or no cost; the organization operates on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. Additionally, the House offers meals and activities such as movies, arts & crafts, therapy dog visits, and local outings. By providing a place to live full of support, community and hope, the Seattle Ronald McDonald House is an anchor for families and children during difficult times.

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