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Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) supports the health and well being of children by providing lodging meals, activities and a community of care to critically ill children and their families who need to be near a hospital for treatment.

Results: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and its core program, the Ronald McDonald House assists more than 350 families stay at the House and are closer to their sick child. It is proven that families together help heal the child faster. Some of our excellent results: 1. Families saved an estimated $1.4 million in out of pocket lodging and meal expenses due to the presence of the Ronald McDonald House. 2. Total number of family nights 11,192 3. More than 486 meals were served to families with a value of $102,820.00 4. Volunteers were able to support our program by donating 11,878 hours.

Target demographics: families with seriously ill children who need a place to stay

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 350 families

Geographic areas served: South Florida

Programs: Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for families with seriously sick children who need a place to stay while receiving treatment.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the joy of working with RMHC of South Florida for over six years. They do an incredible job of serving the families in our community. They say that an organization is only as good as it's employees and volunteers and the staff and volunteers of RMHC are the best! They are very dedicated and caring and it's been a pleasure to help raise funds for this terrific organization.- Bob Morgan

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

always professional, helpful and courteous! Veronica Forte and her staff go above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and welcomed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simply and with a few words, I love to work here as volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone who I have been in contact with has been incredibly kind and gone out of their way to pay attention to individual's specific needs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I’ve seen it firsthand how the families whose children are sick or well provided for and shown kindness, support and love. I am impressed with the staff and volunteers. There are not Many other organizations I’ve seen as well run as this one, and what they provide is outstanding.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The amount of love and compassion demonstrated by all the volunteers and staff is what makes this house a special place for the families and children during a very difficult time in their lives. This is the house of love and hope for a better tomorrow.

1 Fabianna D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For me Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida is an amazing charity. I have known it for 15 years and have seen their work close... having a home where to sleep
Close to your sick child is priceless. Plus having more families to share makes everything a bit easier.

The charity does not turn away anybody for lack of funds... they take families with children 18 and younger getting treatment from the nearby hospitals.... there are families coming from around the country and around the world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The care and effort that goes into this organization and all of the families they assist is like no other! They are a true blessing to families in need and a great partner to those who are lucky enough to volunteer for them!

Evelyn M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has been our six months, it has been a blessing. The staff and volunteers make one feel confortable and calm, thanks for everything.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone at RMH South Fl was awesome. I truly can not wait to provide my assistance and help both the families & staff at RMH. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing to volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My group from school and friends and family, enjoy the experience of volunteering at RMDHC of South Florida. The warmth welcome we get, its incredible. We love going there monthly and help out the families in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My group of family and friends have made dinner at the RMDH in Fort Lauderdale for over 10 years. We love meeting the families and bringing a little joy into there day with a warm home cooked meal. We have seen many of the families go home with their children in much better condition than when they first arrived at the house. The RMDH brings families with sick children together in a safe environment where they can find support from each other, the staff and volunteers. It is so rewarding to us that we will continue supporting this cause for as many years as we can.

I also serve on the Home for the Holidays committee which is the largest annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charity of South Florida.

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sorayadc23 08/04/2014

Karen, thank you for your kind words. You have been a true friend for all these years and we appreciate your friendship and support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My group is called Damas del Doral, we go one day a month and cook lunch for the families. It is almost a year that we are going to the Ronald McDonald House in Miami, and the experience has been incredible, the staff is very nice, and the families are wonderful, they thank every little thing that we do for them. We go there, cook food and try to give them some love, they need it, having their children sick, very sick some of them, it's very hard.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a corporate sponsor and volunteer, we at Humana are very proud to be associated with the South Florida Ronald McDonald House Charities. We have been involved with RMH for several years and I can't stress enough the level of dedication and passion that the employees demonstrate each day, as they serve the families. We are all truly blessed to have such great organizations like RMH to be create a loving enviornment "home away from home" as the children of the families seek treatment and medical care.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are so blessed to have South Florida Ronald McDonald Houses, a place where families can sleep comfortably, cook meals, do laundry, and receive understanding and support from others facing similar circumstances.
Comfortable and clean facilities, great staff, volunteers, and donors!

Like they said: It's the house that LOVE built.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Lauderdale for almost a year now. I've never seen employees more passionate about their work and the impact they have on the lives of the people they serve. Every time I go to volunteer for an event or make a meal at the House, I can see how much the families enjoy staying there. I love seeing the kids as they get better or go through more treatments and get stronger. It makes you feel special seeing their progress.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I bring my therapy dog to the Miami Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. She does what she does best—provide love, affection and comfort. The staff adore her; the kids smile upon seeing her and enjoy playing with her; the parents are grateful for the few moments they don't have to worry about their ill children.
I am continually amazed by the upbeat attitude in the house, by the positive energy, and the spectacular work done by each staff member and volunteer. I refer to myself as but the driver of my wonderful therapy dog. After all, she is the one who does the real volunteer work. Yet, somehow, everyone who enters the Ronald McDonald House becomes a volunteer. Whether I am greeting a parent I've met before or helping a child pet the dog, I know my time is well spent.
The Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home for families of ill children while the children are receiving medical care. How sad that families need to leave their home towns and countries to seek help. How fortunate they are able to find great medical care and a wonderful place to stay!

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sorayadc23 07/31/2014

Thank you for your kind words. It makes us so happy. We could not provide more happy moments if it wasn't because of volunteers like you. Thank you for your time.