Nonprofit of the Week: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Location: Global

Mission:

They keep families with sick children together and near the care and resources that they need. Ronald McDonald House Charities strives to create and support programs that improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. They provide a home base for families to rest and regroup during medical treatment.

Regions of Service: 65 countries worldwide

About the cause:

When a child is sick, families experience emotional and often financial strains. For children that need long-term treatment, medical bills add up, and for families from small towns, hotel bills can add up, too.

About the organization:  

McDonald’s has partnered with the RMHC since the first Ronald McDonald House was built in Philadelphia in 1974, according to rmhc.org.

What they do:

Since 1974, Ronald McDonald Houses have popped up all over the world, and they offer a home environment for children and families in need. They provide home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms near hospitals. In some locations, RMHC might also provide special suites for children with suppressed immune systems, as well as accredited education programs, non-clinical support, and more.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles are taking a holistic approach to delivering health care. From New Orleans to Thailand, the RMCM focuses on prevention by educating families to promote healthy lifestyle choices and reduce overall medical costs; treatment by providing a variety of services such as immunizations, dental care, and much more; and they connect families with primary physicians and dentists.

Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place for families to rest at the hospital. This helps parents better communicate with doctors and stay close to their children. These rooms often include shower facilities, sleeping rooms, laundry amenities, and more.

Impact:

375 Ronald McDonald Houses

262 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms

50 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles

RMHC supports children and families in 65 different countries and regions, and according to RMHC, families saved an estimated $932,626,089 in out-of-pocket lodging and meal expenses.