No sabía exactamente a donde se destinaban las pocas o muchas monedas que uno deposita en las alcancÍas ubicadas en las cajas de los Mc Donalds cuando uno compra un combo un día cualquiera. No sabía en qué consistía el “Día de caridad” que se hace cada tanto en cada sede y cada tanto…
Hasta que necesité hospedarme en una de sus casas. En Columbus Ohio justo en frente del Nationwide Childrens Hospital paramos durante 4 días con Ariel y José para que le hagan estudios al enano. Viajamos desde muuuy lejos. Pero cada kilómetro valió la pena. Es increíble como a cada paso se nos va abriendo un mundo que para muchos nos era desconocido y vamos descubriendo gente increíble y con un corazón enorme.
Comimos, jugamos, descansamos y sólo se nos pidió una pequeña donación (en caso de poder hacerla) por todos los servicios recibidos y para darle a otras familias igual oportunidad.
Acá en Argentina también funcionan. El Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, el Hospital Dr. Humberto Notti de Mendoza, el Hospital de Niños de la Santísima Trinidad de Córdoba y el Hospital Dr. José Penna de Bahía Blanca atienden a un gran número de niños provenientes del interior y exterior del país con enfermedades oncologicas y/o de alta complejidad.
Gracias de corazón!! Lo que hacen no tiene precio.
I didn’t know exactly where the money that is deposited into the McDonald’s collections boxes went. I didn’t know what the Day of Charity held by the McDonald’s headquarters meant as well; until I need to stay in one of the Ronald McDonald Houses. We stayed as a family in Columbus Ohio USA across from Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 4 days with Ariel and Jose so that they could do medical studies. We travelled very far and for each kilometer travelled, it was worth it. It is incredible how this unknown part of the world opened up to us where we discovered incredible people with enormous hearts. We ate, played, and rested and they only asked for a small donation (whatever we could afford) in return for all of these services that we received and to offer the same opportunity to other families.
Here in Argentina it works as well. There is the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, the Dr. Humberto Notti de Mendoza hospital, the Hospital de Niños de la Santísima Trinidad de Córdoba, and the Dr Jose Penna de Bahia Blanca Hospital. They help, within and outside the country of Argentina, a great number of children with cancer diagnoses and other complex diseases.
Thank you from my heart! There is no price for what you do.
Jose Pissoni Family
Thank you to Family Services Manager Maria Slayman for translating this message to us on Facebook.
RMHC of Central Ohio honored with global award for meal program in partnership with local McDonald’s Owner/Operator
At the Ronald McDonald House Charities International Conference late last week, the RMHC global organization awarded ten RMHC chapters from around the world with the prestigious “Hearts and Hands Award,” which is accompanied by a generous $20,000 grant to the winning chapters. RMHC of Central Ohio was honored for the Team Cuisine program, highlighting the McDonald’s food donation program. We’re honored to be recipients of this prestigious award for such a unique program considered to be a role model for RMHC chapters across the globe. What follows is the award-winning submission prepared by our team which explains how this innovative program works to help feed our families, save food resources, and save money:
What happens when you combine the heart of the Ronald McDonald House, the expertise of a world-class chef, generous volunteers from throughout the community, and an innovative opportunity to cut food waste and benefit families from our partners at McDonald’s? In Columbus, Ohio, we call it Team Cuisine – and it’s magical. From the beginnings of the Ronald McDonald House movement, providing stress relief for the families of seriously-ill children has been our goal. What better way to reduce stress than by providing excellent, healthy, delicious food for our guests at no cost to them?
Last year, our team learned that owner/operators of McDonald’s restaurants in the area could choose to freeze and preserve food that they could no longer serve for the purpose of donating it to eligible local charities. We saw this as the perfect opportunity to pair our expertise in hospitality with the food expertise of McDonald’s. Recent statistics show that over 30% of food in the U.S. goes to waste. We saw a chance to be a change-agent in regard to that statistic and created a pilot program to put that food to work for families at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. But before getting into that, let’s look at how the meal program grew at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.
In 2014, our building expanded to a massive 137 guest room facility, able to accommodate hundreds of people each day. With that expansion, we collaborated with local commercial kitchen experts to build a new state-of-the-art volunteer kitchen that could serve families cafeteria-style. But something unique started to happen. We noticed meal options were limited, and our guests were eating very similar meals each day. We believed we could do better. So, our leadership put together a plan to improve the RMHC meal program. After piloting a program with two contracted chefs, and receiving tremendously positive feedback, we decided to hire a full-time chef. In order to accomplish this, this new program, Team Cuisine, would take the ingredient purchases out of the hands of the volunteers. Now, they could make a donation of $350 for breakfast or lunch, and $450 for dinner, rather than shopping themselves. We launched this new program to tremendous fanfare on January 1. And to make it even better, our development team was able to secure a sponsorship of the program to the tune of $50,000.
To lead this new program, we tapped Chef Blair, a highly-experienced food services professional from The Ohio State University and a volunteer at the House. Her experience in high-volume cooking, paired with her love for the mission of RMHC, made her uniquely qualified for the job. And she has been a hit. Working full time, her energy and passion for the House has helped us to grow our relationships with corporations in the community. And with her buying expertise, we have dramatically decreased the cost of ingredients for our meals. Our team is currently spending less than $150 per breakfast and lunch, and less than $200 per dinner, providing over 350 meals each and every day that are healthy and with great variety. This includes more fruits and vegetables, and fewer carbs and sugars. We are also now able to provide more protein – which is where our friends at McDonald’s come in.
After learning that McDonald’s was able to put good food to good use and donate unused protein, we had an idea – use it for Team Cuisine meals at the Ronald McDonald House. One of our local owner/operators loved the idea and agreed to participate to help reduce our budget and provide a great outlet to give good food a second life. Now, twice per week, volunteers from the House visit a local McDonald’s to pick up fish, sausage, hamburger patties, chicken nuggets, grilled chicken, crispy chicken and more. We are currently receiving 25 to 50 pounds of protein twice per week. Needless to say, this has been a welcome addition to our offerings. It has been put to use in a very unique way. For instance, Chef Blair recently made delicious fish tacos using Filet-O-Fish that was donated. She also made chicken parmesan that would rival any meal from the best local establishments using McDonald’s Crispy Chicken. She even created Mexican chicken bowls and chicken tostadas using protein from McDonald’s. This has been an amazing relationship builder with the McDonald’s owner/operators and crew members, and they are full of pride knowing that this food is being put to use for our guest families.
Now corporations, community groups, and others who are looking for team building opportunities have a program at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. With their minimal investment of financial resources, groups are given the unique opportunity to work with a talented Chef, learning the culinary arts. Teams work together to make restaurant-quality food, and it’s a lot of fun. But most of all, they are making a tremendous impact on the lives of children and families from around the world staying at our House.
This year alone, 240 groups will participate in the Team Cuisine program at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. This is leading our charge to build strong partnerships with corporations in the community, and is leading directly to greater investment in RMHC of Central Ohio related to financial support and volunteerism. And the best part is that guests at the Ronald McDonald House are thrilled with the meals that they are now being provided, at no cost to them. The meals are consistently nutritious, full of variety, and delicious to eat.
Last year, RMHC of Central Ohio provided 112,500 meals. The impact of this program is vast and growing. With the leadership of Chef Blair, our Team Cuisine program stands to not only increase the number of meals provided, but healthy and varied meals, all while helping to eliminate food waste.
Meal Groups Needed
If you would like to sign your group up to fix dinner for our families, just click here! Remember, we provide the professional chef to guide you step by step through the process and we even go get the groceries needed! Your team just shows up the day we need the meal and prepare it, perhaps learn a few new kitchen tricks, and have some fun!
RMHC of Central Ohio Vehicle Donation Program Rolls Out Nationwide
Another hot topic at the RMHC Internation Conference in Chicago last week was vehicle donations. RMHC of Central Ohio is honored to have it’s highly successful Vehicle Donation Program selected by RMHC Global to be the template for a nationwide program rolling out this year. Since the local program started in 2015, it’s generated more than 1.5 million dollars for our chapter. Remember, you can donate most any form of vehilce, even if it doesn’t run. We can arrange to have it towed. Learn more about the program by clicking here.
Community leaders and influencers to be celebrated at the 10th annual “A Toast to Tinseltown” in October
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the popular red-carpet event, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio is pleased to announce its 2018 “A Toast to Tinseltown” honorees. Taking place on the property of Chemical Abstracts, this annual event will celebrate outstanding organizations and individuals in the community, all with a fun Halloween theme. You’re invited to come dressed in your best cocktail costume. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Couples Costume, and Best Red Shoes. And this year’s celebration will include LIVE music by Conspiracy.
“This is always an exciting time of year for us here at Ronald McDonald House Charities to recognize those individuals and groups who give so much to our families,” said Dee Anders, CEO and Executive Director of RMHC. “We have a tremendous network of supporters in this community that we have awarded over the years. This year’s class of inductees is nothing short of amazing and we’re thrilled to honor them.”
Dr. Phillip Taylor, The Vickie Easterday Spirit of Community Award – Dr. Phillip Taylor is one of the most respected leaders in the Central Ohio medical community, and has used his considerable reputation and influence to help take Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to new heights. Taylor is a major donor to RMHC, and has been Co-Chair of the RMHC Sporting Clays for past 10 years, one of the largest sporting clays fundraisers in the U.S. That event has raised over one million dollars, and has become a staple of the year for RMHC. Additionally, Dr. Taylor was instrumental in making the Ronald McDonald Family Room a reality at Riverside Methodist Hospital, helping to build a strong relationship with the OhioHealth team.
Motorists Insurance Group, Outstanding Corporate Supporter – Motorists Insurance has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Joe Mortellaro RMHC Golf Classic for the past 6 years, the largest special event fundraiser for RMHC of Central Ohio. They made an extremely generous one-million-dollar donation to the charity for expansion of the Ronald McDonald House in 2014, and recently made a one-hundred-thousand-dollar gift to permanently sponsor a single-family home on the campus of RMHC.
RHF Enterprises, Outstanding Corporate Supporter – RHF Enterprises, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator organization in Chillicothe, OH, has supported Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio since its inception in 1982, donating tens of thousands of dollars to the charity. RHF sponsors RMHC Special Events annually, plan and host Handbag HULLABALOO!Ô Ross Co., help manage all volunteers at Mud Ninja Run as a support to RMHC, and volunteers regularly at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.
Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, Outstanding Volunteer Group – Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, headquartered in Bucyrus, OH, is a vital partner to RMHC of Central Ohio in Crawford County. The employees of OMIG work tirelessly to support the mission of the charity by planning and hosting multiple fundraisers throughout the year, including HULLABALOO! For the House. In addition, the company sponsors RMHC Special Events annually.
Scott Holowicki, Outstanding Community Supporter – Scott Holowicki has been involved with RMHC nearly his entire life, and his support has grown as he has progressed to become a McDonald’s franchisee himself. He has used his influence to raise support for RMHC in countless ways, including being a member of the Board of Trustees, hosting wish list drives, donating food for special events, and generating funds through their restaurants. Holowicki has also made RMHC a strategic partner of his other business Hydrate Me through a program called Hydrate the House, giving $5 from every hydration bag back to RMHC.
Maddie and Caitlin Hoff, Outstanding Red Shoe Members – Maddie and Caitlin Hoff are sisters who are partnering in a big way to make a difference for RMHC through the Red Shoe Society, a group of young professionals who support the charity. Together, they have been responsible for starting new partnerships with Lilly Pulitzer, Candle Lab, Zaftig, and many others, raising thousands of dollars for the charity. Additionally, they volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House making breakfast on a regular basis, and do many service projects for the House throughout the year.
The honorees will receive their awards during an official presentation at this year’s “A Toast to Tinseltown,” Friday, Oct. 12, at Chemical Abstracts, 2540 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43202, presented by the Columbus Red Shoe Society in conjunction with the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.
All proceeds and ticket sales from the event go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.
You can also join Ronald McDonald House Charities as a volunteer for the 10th Annual “A Toast to Tinseltown” red carpet event October 12th! Volunteers are needed to line the red carpet and cheer/make noise . Volunteers can be any age and do not have dress code requirements (t-shirt and jeans is fine!). This is a great group volunteer opportunity for a corporate group, sports team, girl scout troop or other organization looking for service hours.
Pirates & Princesses Fantasyland Returns to The Ronald McDonald House Backyard
The annual swashbuckling and royal playtime activity Pirates & Princesses fundraiser returns to The Ronald McDonald House this year. Venture to a far-off place right here at the House where our play area is transformed into a fairy-tale fantasyland! Children of all ages will enjoy playing dress up as a swashbuckler or royal highness with kid-friendly event-themed foods, makeover station, photo booth, children’s games & activities, face painting & temporary tattoo parlor, royalty training, and more! This popular event will go on rain or shine.
Don’t Miss a Handbag HULLABALOO!™ Event Before the Year is Over
At these exclusive events, guests are given the opportunity to win authentic designer handbags simply by participating in our event raffles, along with a silent auction and prize drawings. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks. And, of course, all proceeds from the event will help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children. Click on one of the events below to learn more or to register.
Runners in The Columbus Marathon always appreciate all of the colorful support along the route! And they really appreciate the water stops along the way too! Please consider signing up to provide water for participants in this big race which goes right by the House! It’s October 21st and you’ll be at the Livingston Ave Water Station just down the street from the Ronald McDonald House between 6:30 a.m and 10 a.m. Volunteers need to be at least 12 years old to participate. All volunteers get a free t-shirt and service hour verification can be provided if requested. Click the button bellow to sign up and choose “RMHC” from the drop down box after you register to volunteer. For questions, email katherine.Becker@rmhc-centralohio.org.
Your business can create a mutually beneficial campaign in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. Learn about how Telhio Credit Union has worked with RMHC of Central Ohio to support our mission and their own bottom line. Click the image to the left to learn more. If you would like to learn more about cause marketing with RMHC of Central Ohio, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift Cards to local retailers (Target, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s)
HE Laundry Soap (PODS preferred)
55 gallon heavy duty trash bags
Window Cleaner (i.e. Windex)
Disinfecting Spray (i.e. Lysol) or Disinfectant wipes
Gallon Sized Storage Bags
Wet clothe pads for Swiffer mops
Every time you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! If you have an Amazon account or are setting up an account, please select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charitable organization!
Kroger’s Community Rewards program makes it easy for you to donate to RMHC of Central Ohio every time you use your Kroger Plus Shopper’s Card. Just select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as the organization you want to help.
RMHC of Central Ohio is recognized as a public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 509(a) and has 501(c)(3) status. Donations to RMHC of Central Ohio are deductible. Donors should consult their tax advisor for questions regarding deductibility. The RMHC EIN is 31-0890152. A copy of the RMHC determination letter is available upon request.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Central Ohio
711 E. Livingston Ave, Columbus, OH 43205
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