When serious illness or injury strikes a child, parents shouldn’t have to worry about anything else but getting that child the care he or she needs. That’s the premise upon which Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) was founded. The only organization that provides a home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment at local hospitals, RMHD exists solely to ease the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance these families’ quality of life.
RMHD does that by providing a caring, home-like atmosphere in which families can stay. It offers 52 bedrooms with private baths, as well as six suites with fully equipped kitchens. The organization also provides daily home-cooked meals, transportation, laundry facilities, and activities for parents and siblings such as crafts, games, movie nights, and seasonal celebrations. And Ronald McDonald House does all of this at little or no cost to the families, so they can stay focused on what’s most important: healing their children.
Consistent individual volunteers help keep things at the RMHD running smoothly, through both daily house operations and special events. Individual volunteers must commit to volunteering at the House for at least three months There are currently three main volunteer categories that work in weekly, three-hour shifts: front desk volunteers, kitchen volunteers, and family activity volunteers. Head here to apply.
Since 2006, RMHD's signature fundraising event, Under the Moonlight, has raised more than $2 million. Each year, RMDH celebrates and raises support for their services with one of the greatest parties in Dallas.
RMHD's Young Friends auxiliary organization plays an important role in helping raise money and awareness to further the House's mission of meeting the needs of seriously ill children and their families, and consists of young men and women who are professionals, couples, and singles looking to give back to their community. Young Friends participate in a number of fundraising and social activities that benefit RMHD. All proceeds from the membership drive and annual fundraiser directly support the operations of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.