Each month, PharPoint hand-selects a charity to support through fund-raising and awareness building to aid in research and/or resource development. Known as our Working Together for Change campaign, this company-wide initiative is dedicated to aiding those in need and serving the community. PharPoint has decided to feature The Ronald McDonald House Charities as September’s selected charity for the Working Together for Change campaign.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is a non-profit organization that creates, finds, and supports programs to directly improve the health and well-being of children. RMHC was established in 1974 and leads with a vision to, “create a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them while actively participating in their care.” The mission of RMHC is to:
- Lead with compassion
- Focus on the critical needs of children
- Celebrate the diversity of RMHC people and programs
- Value RMHC heritage
- Operate with accountability and transparency
RMHC has put this mission into action by establishing a host of programs to aid critically ill children and their families during treatment at hospitals and other care facilities. The latest statistics show that over 7 million children and their families were assisted by RMHC in 2015 alone. RMHC has a global network of chapters in 52 countries under three core programs, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald Houses are a “home-away-from-home” for families to reside near hospitalized children at little or no cost. The houses are built on the idea that a family’s main focus should be the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay or where they will get their next meal.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
These rooms offer rest and reprieve for families within a hospital, often just steps away from a pediatric or intensive care unit. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms allow parents to better communicate with medical teams and stay close to their child. There are often a range of amenities provided in the rooms such as: a kitchen area, shower facilities, sleeping rooms, laundry facilities, internet access, reference books, seating areas, and a quiet room.
Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
Care Mobiles operate in vulnerable communities across the U.S. and around the globe. They provide cost-effective, high-quality medical, dental, and health education services and open the doors to health care for thousands of children. Each vehicle includes two patient examination rooms, a laboratory, and reception and medical records areas.
How You Can Help
Interested in contributing to RMHC to help support their programs? There are a variety of opportunities to best suit your time and resources:
- Volunteer at your local chapter: Cook, host, listen, or help to nurture RMHC guests.
- Start an online fundraiser: Group Give fundraisers leverage the strength of your online network and help RMHC provide support for the families they serve.
- Contribute to a donation box: Drop change into a donation box found at all McDonald’s restaurants to fund a family’s overnight stay at a Ronald McDonald House.
- Donate online: Give to your local chapter to keep families close to their loved ones during hospital stays.
Have you, or someone close to you, benefitted from Ronald McDonald House Charities? Please tell us about your experience in the comments below.