Young Children Priority One Newsletter, August 2017
Good Morning fellow Kiwanians!
YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES
A GREAT WAY TO VOLUNTEER AND HELP
The success of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is due to the tireless work of volunteers and the countless contributions from donors. Ronald McDonald House Charities have been helping improve the lives of children and their families for 37 years.
How it started:
The first Ronald McDonald House opens in Philadelphia thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans, Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia), Leonard Tose, owner of the Eagles, Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s regional manager.
The McDonald’s owner/operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.
RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children’s lives through their global network of Chapters in 57 countries and regions and through their three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
DO YOU KNOW?
McDONALD’S FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS ARE NOT THE SOLE SUPPORT OF RMH, NOT EVEN CLOSE! RMH FUNCTIONS WWITH HEAVY DEPENDENCY ON VOLUNTEERS!
FAMILIES ARE REFERRED BY SOCIAL SERVICES AT HOSPITALS IN ORDER TO QUALIFY TO STAY AT RMH…THERE MUST BE A NEED!
PATIENTS (CHILDREN) STAY AT RMH FOR FOLLOW UP APPOINTMENTS AND/OR OUTPATIENT TREATMENT. ADULTS, SIBLINGS AND PATIENTS STAY AT RMH, NOT JUST ADULTS!
HOW CAN KIWANIS CLUBS HELP? (30 WAYS TO VOLUNTEER AT RMH)
#1Contact your local Ronald McDonald House and have an administrator come speak at your Club. Find out ways Kiwanis members can help!
#2Prepare and serve a home-cooked meal for families
GUEST CHEF’S NIGHT great way too volunteer with club members
go to website to find more information and sign up
#26Sponsor a room at the Ronald McDonald House with your coworkers or civic group. Paint, furnish and decorate
#27Donate your time and talent in accounting, computers or marketing to help your local RMHC Chapter
A great fund raising idea is to collect aluminum pull tabs (many Key Clubs are already
doing this!). Clubs can either redeem the tabs and send a check to RMHC or the pull
tabs can be delivered to a local Ronald McDonald House and they will recycle the tabs.
PLEASE CHECK WITH THE RMH FIRST!
Please share the above ideas with your Key Clubs. They may be interested in some of the specific suggestions for service opportunities!
There are 7 Ronald McDonald Houses in New England.
501 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Ph: 203 777-5683
Fx: 203 777-3082
654 State Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Ph: 207 942-9003 Fx: 207 990-2984
250 Brackett Street
Portland, ME 04102
Ph: 207 780-6282
Fx: 207 780-0198
229 Kent Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Ph: 617 734-3333
Fx: 617 734-5239
34 Chapin Terrace
Springfield, MA 01107
Ph: 413 794-5683
Fx: 413 794-8199
45 Gay Street
Providence, RI 02905
Ph: 401 274-444
Fx: 401 751-3730
16 South Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Ph: 802 862-4943
Fx: 802 862-2175
If your Kiwanis Club is located near a Ronald McDonald House, I hope you will get involved in helping support the RMHC. It’s all about helping and serving children and their families. Let’s show our Kiwanis’ hearts and just do it!
Ava Adams, District Chair 2016-17
Young Children Priority One
Scarborough, Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District