Mission: The organization supports the well being of children, including(a) providing temporary lodging primarily for seriously ill children and their families while receiving treatment in or visiting a hospital or similar treatment facility and (b) making contributions and grants, through the partnership with children's miracle network, to other nonprofit organizations that are organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes and which engage in whole or in part in (i) educating children or (ii) providing for the essential needs of children or (iii) carrying on research as to physical and mental diseases and other disorders of children, or the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment thereof.
Programs: Ronald mcdonald house charities'(rmhc) mission is to lift children and families to a better tomorrow. The ronald mcdonald house is the cornerstone program of rmhc but can only help ten families at a time. To meet the broader mission of the organization, rmhc partnered with children's miracle network to provide small grants to nonprofits in central wisconsin. Money used for grant making comes from special promotions held by our local mcdonald's franchisees, special designated fundraising activities and a matching grant account funded by the national chapter of rmhc in oak brook, illinois. Rmhc of marshfield operates a house providing temporary lodging to families of seriously ill children while those children are patients at the marshfield clinic/st. Joseph's hospital. Families of seriously ill children are allowed to stay in the house for a donation of $5 per night per family. No family is turned away because of a lack of funds. The house provided a "home away from home" for 256 new families and 46 returning families for a total of 302 families in 2014. These families used the house for a total of 441 visits with an average length stay of 6 nights. The house is staffed 24/7/365 by fully trained and paid staff. House volunteers assist these day, evening, and weekend managers care for the house and house families by assisting with meals, office assistance, light housekeeping, and other maintenance. The house receives many in-kind donations such as paper products, food and beverages, and cleaning and laundry supplies to be used by the families while they are a guest at the ronald mcdonald house.
My son was born premature. He had to spend two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I wanted to spend every possible minute with my newborn baby. The Ronald McDonald House allowed me to do just that. It is directly across the street from the hospital. I was able to walk back and forth at any time of the day or night to see my baby. The rooms were comfortable and the staff was very nice. I appreciated the meals that were available at the house. I could not afford to stay in a hotel for that much time. I truly appreciate the help I was offered. My baby just turned 5 years old this month. I am still grateful and I have not forgotten my experience at the Ronald McDonald House.