What is your organization’s mission statement?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in Central Ohio.
What population do you serve?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio serves families of seriously-ill children coming from outside of Franklin County to receive medical treatment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital or another nearby hospital.
How many do you serve in a year?
We serve more than 4,500 families each year!
What region or area do you provide services in?
We provide services in Columbus, Ohio.
How and when did the organization get started?
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974 as the result of the perseverance and dedication of Fred Hill, then a Philadelphia Eagles football player. After his daughter, Kim, was treated for leukemia at the local children’s hospital, Hill became determined to help other families faced with the same situation. Very few institutions at that time provided sufficient accommodations for such families, and Dr. Audrey Evans, a pediatric oncologist at the children’s hospital, suggested that a home-away-from-home was needed. Hill enlisted the help of his teammates and then Eagles General Manager, Jim Murray, as well as the local McDonald’s restaurant franchisees to raise funds to purchase and renovate the first House.
How many employees do you have?
We have 20 employees.
How many volunteers does your organization have? (click the “Service Projects” tab to learn more about volunteer opportunities)
We have about 2000 volunteers helping us each year.
How do your programs or services help the community?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio provides essential services to families whose children are facing medical challenges. By expanding community support and partnerships, RMHC will continue to improve its financial stability and vitality and be able to compassionately address the needs of the diverse families we serve.
Ronald McDonald House: The Ronald McDonald House program has provided a home-away-from-home for millions of families since its inception in 1974. The House program allows families to stay together, which helps aid in the healing process. Currently, there are more than 300 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program is a fleet of state-of-the-art vehicles that deliver access to healthcare by providing cost effective medical, dental and educational services to under served children in their own neighborhoods. There are 44 Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs in service in Argentina, El Salvador, New Zealand, Poland, Thailand, and the United States.
Ronald McDonald House’s Wishlist:
- Postage stamps (forever & postcard)
- Swiffer Wet-Mop Refills
- Bona brand Microfiber Cleaning Pads (for hardwood floor cleaning)
- White full-sized mattress pads with deep pockets
- White full-sized fitted sheets
- Single-pack adult tooth-brushes
- Travel-sized Q-tip packs
- Magic Erasers (for cleaning)
- Dryer Sheets
- Disinfectant Spray
- Full Size Sheet Set in all white (deep pocketed)
- Bath towels-white, full size
- Hand towels- white
- Shower Curtains and Hooks in all white (mildew resistant)
- Laundry detergent – high efficiency PODS only
- Small boxes of cereal
- Fruit Snacks
- Individual Cracker Snacks
- Pine Sol
- Scrubbing Bubbles for bath tubs
- Toilet Bowl Brushes
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Air freshener
- Ziploc bags (sandwich, quart and snack size)
- Foil Roasting Pan (17′ X 12-3/8′ x 2-6/8”)
- All-purpose cleaner
- Individual Hand Soap
- Tall kitchen trash can bags
- Dishwasher detergent
- Dish Soap
- Brillo pads
- Disposable latex-free gloves
- 40-gallon trash bags
- Gift Cards:
- Visa, Mastercard, gas stations, Kroger, Giant Eagle,
- Target, Amazon, iTunes, Home Depot, Lowes
*An updated wish list can always be found on our website!
Name: Alexis Donahue
Title: Community Partnerships Associate
Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Work: (614) 227-3767
711 E Livingston Ave
Columbus, OH 43205