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Causes: Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. Our cornerstone program is the Ronald McDonald House, a "Home away from home" for more than 300 families each year whose children are receiving medical treatment in area hospitals.  Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Room and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.


Programs: Established in 1987, Savannah's Ronald McDonald House serves as a "Home away from home" each year for 250 families of critically injured and seriously ill children receiving treatment at area hospitals. RMHC of the Coastal Empire is an independent, 501(c)3 registered non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone programs include the 10-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside St. Joseph's/Candler Hospital and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations to underserved, school-age children in Beaufort County (SC).

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at RMHC of the Coastal Empire has taught me so much about helping others. I love to go there and see the smiling faces of the employees and of the other volunteers. I also really enjoy knowing that I am helping people in need.
There are three main ways I have found to volunteer at RMHC. First of all, one can sign up for a specific shift at the House and perform many planned housekeeping chores as well as spontaneous activities. Another popular form of volunteering at RMHC is their Adopt-a-Meal program, for which people may cook dinner for the families staying at the house in the double kitchen. A third way to volunteer for RMHC is to help out at their many fundraisers, such as Battle of the Bakers and the Red Shoes Run and Pop Tab Pandemonium.
I love RMHC!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Ronald McDonald House in Savannah, GA is a community of sharing and caring, joy, tears, and smiles, blessings to the clients as well as the volunteers. I answered a request from the Christian Service committee at White Bluff Presbyterian Church. I worked each Tues for 25 years to provide support for families there by providing support when a child died or if parents needed to make a critical decision for a child's well-being. Most are happy memories as we tried to provide the comforts of home while clients were there. I grew in my faith and received many blessings as I worked to be a blessing to those staying there.

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Lara H.

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2008, our son was born at Candler Hospital in Savannah, Georgia. Despite a healthy pregnancy, Dylan suffered meconium aspiration along with 2 other bacterial infections during delivery. The doctors weren’t sure he’d survive his first night. Within hours of birth, he was transferred to Memorial Hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery. I had to stay at Candler, while my husband split his time between the two hospitals. On Thanksgiving Day, two days after his birth, Dylan had shown enough improvement so that mom and dad could hold their baby boy for the first time. As the days went on, our son proved to be a strong healthy baby that just happened to be born very sick.

During the two weeks Dylan spent in the hospital, our family discovered how lucky we were to live in Savannah where the level of care Dylan required was just down the street. Many families have to drive long distances to visit their children in the NICN, which often means sleeping in the waiting room or their car, or covering the cost of a hotel room. This is where the Ronald McDonald House® comes in. Established in 1987, the Savannah Ronald McDonald House has provided a “Home away from home” for more than 5,000 families. The House has 10 bedrooms with private baths, a communal living room and kitchen, dining and laundry areas. Each night volunteers from the community provide a home-cooked meal for the families to share.

After this experience and learning what an essential benefit the RMHCE offers to the families of sick children, we celebrate Dylan's birthday each year by holding a small local fundraiser for the charity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. The staff is cheerful and always goes the extra mile to make the House really feel like a Home Away from Home. Everyone who walks through the doors is blessed just by their giving spirit. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with the RMHC of the Coastal Empire when my husband and I moved to Pooler, Ga three years ago. I wanted to volunteer for a charity that truly gave back to the people it served. I have been so happy working with the caring and personable staff at the house and with the other volunteers at the Family Room at St. Joseph's/Candler hospital. My family has participated in the Chef's and Baker's Challenges and have been so proud to help support the tremendous work this charity does. Savannah is blessed to have this support service for their community and surrounding communities. In addition, I have found that people from out of state seek out the Ronald McDonald Family Room when they visit friends and family at Candler hospital!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friends and I participated in the Battle of the Bakers for the Ronald McDonald House to have fun and to raise money for a wonderful cause. Then I found out one of my college buddies was just staying there because her baby was born at 26 weeks and with a lifelong condition. I am greatful I got to be apart of what RMHC of the Coastal Empire does for familes who really need their help. More people should try to do in one lifetime what the Ronald McDonald House in Savannah does every day!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great place and wonderful service to the community!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

RMHC is one of the most vital Organizations in the Region. It's support is far reaching and comes at the most critical of times for a family in need. The volunteers and staff are first-class and daily make an impact that will never be forgotten. Thank you for everything that you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with RMHC about two years ago when I became a part of the team from Pooler, Georgia's Sam's Club that participated in the 1st Chef of the House Challenge. RMHC has become a major part of my life and I can imagine not volunteering there for years to come. We have had over 20 associates from our Club volunteer there over the past year and everyone has not but good things to say about the experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at Ronald McDonald House here in Savannah, for over 4 years. Evey Monday my friend and I bake cookies for the families that are staying at the house. It gives me great pleasure to bring a little bit of home to those who are away from their own home. They are so appreciative of someone making the house smell like home.
All of the staff are so very compasionate, they ease the difficult time for families of ill children.

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