Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, D.C. Overview
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District of Columbia 20017
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Perform family check-ins, light house keeping, grounds keeping, special event support, baking and/or cooking for families.
Geographic areas served: Parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and all of D.C.
Programs: Ronald McDonald Houses: RMHC of Greater Washington DC operates two Houses, one in DC and the other in Northern Virginia. The Houses provide a "home away from home" for the families of seriously ill children who have traveled to this area to receive treatment at local hospitals.The DC House serves Children's National Medical Center, Georgetown University Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and several other area hospitals. The House in Northern Virginia is located on the grounds of INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Since opening their doors, the two Houses have together served almost 17,000 families.Ronald McDonald Family Room: Located in Children's National Medical Center, the Family Room is a place of respite where families can go to have a cup of coffee, read, check email, or just rest - away from the often stressful hospital environment but just steps from their child.Kids Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile: Operated in partnership with Georgetown University Hospital, the care mobile is a medical clinic on wheels providing care to uninsured and under-served children in DC.Outreach Program: RMHC provides grants to other area non-profits with programs that benefit children.In addition, each year RMHC awards scholarships to area high school seniors for their freshman year of college. Funding for our outreach programs is derived solely from donations made annually on World Children's Day. All other funds raised from the community are used for Ronald McDonald House programs and services.
The original Washington Ronald McDonald House opened it’s doors in June of 1980, and was the sixteenth House to open in the six years since the program began. Over thirty years it was a home-away-from-home for more than 14,000 families of critically ill children. Although the nearly one hundred-year-old Spanish colonial had served our purposes well, it no longer met the space or functional needs of our growing number of families. In 2006, a Capital Campaign was launched to raise funds to build the new House located on 14th Street NE.