Organization Spotlight

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, Inc.

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio, Inc. is a worldwide organization with two nearby locations, one in Cleveland near UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, and one in Akron near Akron Children’s Hospital.

 

The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. The first House located in Philadelphia, PA opened in 1974. As FVA member Jenny Fowler, Volunteer Manager at the Akron House, expresses “Being at RMHC NEO allows me to serve people who have experienced a loved one with an illness and who desire to help others who are experiencing the same thing. One of our new volunteers (since the shutdown) has experienced a grown son who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Every time she volunteers, I hear a bit more about how she survived her son’s illness. I understand she is working through her trauma by volunteering at the House and appreciate how I can be instrumental in helping her. Not all our volunteers have this type of experience, but many of our volunteers are teachers or from the medical profession who have the desire to serve our families. I feel honored to hold a position that allows others to serve in such a personally meaningful way.”

 

Ronald McDonald House programs, located near top children’s hospitals, allow parents who are far from home to stay close to their hospitalized child and benefit from the comforts of home without incurring hotel and food costs. Ronald McDonald Family Room programs offer a quiet respite for all families right in the hospital. Hannah Driscoll, Cleveland House Manager, emphasizes the importance of providing a comforting space for families. “Being a part of the Ronald McDonald House is like working at Disneyland. Every day you see volunteers and staff doing everything they can to help families in need and provide a few smiles along the way. You see the magic every day from a volunteer singing “Here Comes the Sun” for a family that just had surgery, to seeing a tired parent happy to have a warm meal. Helping create this magic is why I love my job so much. I get to help volunteers find their perfect role while also helping families along the way.”

 

RMHC has been a supporter of FVA for many years. Workshops have been hosted at the Cleveland location, we have had committee members, board members and even a President come from RMHC! We are proud to have this organization as one of the many wonderful members of FVA and are looking forward to our continued partnership. We hope none of you ever has to use their services, but be comforted to know they are in the neighborhood.

 

Visit www.rmhcneo.org/get-involved/individuals/ to learn more!