Mission: The Ronald McDonald House was created to help ease some of the burdens of families who are overwhelmed by the emotional and financial responsibilities of having a child in the hospital and is the only charity of its kind in our region. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Dakota provides a home-away-from-home for 900 families annually while their children are being treated at local hospitals. Without the Ronald McDonald House, many families would have nowhere to turn. The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families can break away from the hospital, yet be available at a moment's notice; or a place where children being treated as out-patients can live with their parents, brothers and sisters. Just as important, it is a place where parents can meet and talk with other families who are experiencing some of the same fears and concerns, and establish a mutual support system so critically needed at this time. Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. Ronald McDonald House Charities helps to make that happen by enabling families the ability to be together, when being together really counts.
Results: We are a 100% donation based organization and are always open to pop tab donations, food and monetary donations, volunteer time donations, etc.
Target demographics: We focus on providing services to families with critically injured or sick children staying at area hospitals. Children must be under 21 years of age.
Programs: Adopt-A-Family, 365 Giving Tree, Adopt-A-Meal, Pop Tab Pandemonium
This is a great place! The staff and volunteers go out of their way to make each family feel welcome. They are also appreciative of the people who come through the doors to donate time, pop-tabs, food, blankets, etc. The houses truly want their guests to feel like they are at home. There are few places that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 a year, but the RMHC do. Hopefully, as a parent, your child never experiences a hospital visit, but if it does happen, know that there is somewhere to go.
The RMHC-SD is a warm and homey environment to be a part of. The staff are kind and extremely dedicated to what this organization is all about. They help out in all activities, and make each person feel welcome, that comes through the door. I feel very honored to be part of such a great organization, and to be able to work next to such a great staff.
I have always had an excellent experience volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Sioux Falls! Whenever I go there to help out they are always so warm and welcoming the second I step foot in the door. They are always willing to answer any questions that I might have while I am there and give direction when I am unsure about what I am doing. The house is always so clean too!
Big kudos to all of the employees, donors and other volunteers who help make The RHMC-SD house so nice!