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Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

Ronald McDonald House of Savannah is a great asset to our community, and we are grateful to have them here. I had the opportunity to tour the house and meet the staff, and it truly is a wonderful operation. We (our Sales Team at The Westin) elected the Ronald McDonald House to receive an award that was given to our sales team, and every one of us voted unanimously to support this great cause.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

When I was first approached to help support RMHC of Savannah, I was not sure what to expect. Mindy Nash and the entire crew of RMHC here in Savannah go above and beyond to make the families staying there feel at ease. The "Chef of the House" challenge is an event we love to participate in and one we look forward to doing again. The RMHC poker run brings a great mix of people and raises awareness of this worthy charity. Mrs. Nash and her team believe in what they are doing and put there whole heart into it! It is hard to find that kind of commitment anymore. God forbid that I ever need to stay in a RMH, but if I were, I would pray that I would be taken care of like the guests in Savannah are!

Review from Guidestar

Jean Marie W.

Donor

Rating: 5

How could anyone not want to help a child or a family in need? This place is amazing and what I love is the sharing with the meals and giving of unselfish time to help a sick child....help a family with broken hearts to mend....and the comfort of fellowship and love.

It is cheerful logos I love too! I have posted them on my FB and even have gotten my students involved in the sharing and caring:) Our donation may have been a small amount ,but it was given with so much love!!

Congrat's on the Extreme Makeover and Baby Zoe! My students loved it and have letters to send.

Thank you for all that you do RMHC!!! God Bless you everyday and more!

Mrs. Wright
4th grade teacher

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is so well-organized and efficient! The fundraising events they sponsor are creative and fun! Of all the local non-profit associations, this one is particularly deserving of the community's time, talents and donations.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

As a past member of the RMHC board, 2006-2009, I am truly delighted and impressed to see the progress RMHC is making in contributing to the community in a number of ways, in expanding its awareness and seeking out new ways to generate funds. Carrying the Ronald McDonald name is a double-edged sword. On the one side it generates immediate recognition. On the other side, too many people believe the organization is funded either entirely or to a large degree by McDonalds. And while McDonalds and its employees do make significant contributions, the House could not exist and operate without the support of outside donors. RMHC is worthy and deserving as much financial support as is possible.

Review from Guidestar