Pledged to Date
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Ohio Valley
Ronald McDonald House Children of the Ohio Valley began in 1989. In 2007 we revised our by-laws and elected a new board of directors comprised of regional community members, key management from both Deaconess and St. Mary’s, and local McDonald’s® owner-operators, to poise our organization for the development of our area’s own local Ronald McDonald House®.
Over the past 18 years we have given out more than $1.1 million in grants to local organizations.
Past grants include:
Planning began several years ago to bring a Ronald McDonald House to Evansville after feasibility studies, completed by both Deaconess and St. Mary’s, demonstrated a strong need for a 7-10 bedroom “home away from home” for families with critically ill children.
RMHC of the Ohio Valley is supported by its volunteers, generous individuals and “caring” organizations as well as the McDonald’s family, which includes owner-operators, suppliers and employees. By supporting a Ronald McDonald House in Evansville, RMHC of the Ohio Valley will continue to serve the needs of Tri-State children and their families.
McDonald's has long been committed to giving back to the communities in which it does business. In 1955, McDonald's founder, Ray Kroc, made this pledge because he believed that helping to build a strong community is a vital and rewarding aspect of success.
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia on October 15, 1974. This House was intended to provide a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill children who were receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. It was a dream created from necessity and nurtured out of love…it was “The House That Love Built®.”
Thanks in part to the network of McDonald's owner-operators, who have been involved in the opening of nearly every RMHC Chapter and/or Ronald McDonald House, RMHC has grown into an internationally recognized organization. Today there are RMHC chapters in 50 countries and regions globally and 270 Ronald McDonald House® Programs in 29 countries. The House Programs continue to provide a comfortable, supportive environment for families and serve as a temporary residence near hospitals and medical facilities where family members can sleep, eat, relax and find support from other families in similar situations.