Young Children Priority One August 2018 Newsletter
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
#3Plant flowers, or clean up the garden at RMH
#4Bring homemade cookies or cupcakes for families. Or help children bake and decorate them.
#5Help with a “spring cleaning” spruce-up
#6Offer your professional skills to families – give free haircuts, massages, or manicures
#7Organize a craft project for children
#8Answer the phones, greet visitors or do light office work
#9Host a pizza party, ice cream social, or popcorn & movie night
#10Help the RMHC Chapter write a newsletter
#11Hold a food drive (non-perishable items) to help stock the pantry
#12Help your local RMHC Chapter with a golf tournament, auction, gala or fundraising event
#13Organize the Ronald McDonald House’s storage areas, or restock supplies
#14Host a free car wash for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House
#15Host a scrap-booking project for moms
#16Record height and weight for children visiting the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program
#17Stuff backpacks with school supplies for children who visit the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
#18Help children illustrate their own storybooks
#19Help decorate for the holidays
#20Lead a yoga, exercise or relaxation class for parents or kids
#21Create a “penny war” at your school to collect loose change for your local RMHC Chapter
#22Hand write thank-you notes to donors
#23Make welcome goodie bags and care packages for families
#24Collect new hotel toiletries and donate them for families
#25Collect new toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss to donate to the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile
#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
#28Serve on a committee or board of your local RMHC Chapter
#29Help paint or provide light carpentry and maintenance services
#30Make quilts, afghans or knitted hats and mittens for families
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 Coordinator
Young Children Priority One
Scarborough, Maine Kiwanis Club
New England and Bermuda District