Last week, we featured Superheroes for Sam. For Sam to have treatment, his family must travel to Milwaukee. There, the Ronald McDonald House hosts the Sommer family.
While RMHC is a well-known charity, it is not one you often hear about. Its mission is to provide a comfortable, home-like environment for the families of pediatric patients who must travel for treatment. Along with the better-known program, RMHC operates the Ronald McDonald Playroom, an area with shower, sleep and laundry facilities in-hospital for the families of local patients. RMHC also operates the Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, a mobile clinic providing low-cost health-care for children.
There is an assumption because of the name that McDonald’s provides all funding for RMHC. However, this is not the case. McDonald’s is the largest corporate donor, and individual McDonald’s restaurants do contribute to their local chapters, the majority of the funding comes from other corporate or individual donations.
In addition to donations of money, chapters are in frequent (if not constant) need of volunteers and supplies. Each chapter has a wish-list of supplies, as well as items of frequent need. For example, see this wish-list from the Louisville, KY chapter.
If you would like to help RMHC by donating or volunteering, you can find a nearby chapter here.