Ronald McDonald House Charities
Each year, hundreds of children travel to Akron Children’s Hospital to be treated for serious illnesses. For their families, anxiety over the child’s illness is often compounded by lengthy hospital stays, months of outpatient treatment and the expense of being away from home. The Ronald McDonald House of Akron is a non-profit organization founded to provide emotional and spiritual support for families with sick or injured children being treated in Akron Children’s Hospital.
Since 1985, The Ronald McDonald House of Akron has served as an oasis to families in need. Funded through individual donations, with the help of Akron Children’s Hospital, 140 local McDonald’s® restaurants and countless volunteers, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron provides a homelike atmosphere for families, without regard to income.
Funding of the Ronald McDonald House of Akron is through individual donations, and one way to donate is by collecting pop tabs. This is a great way to recycle, while raising funds to help children and their families. Ronald McDonald House Charities collects pop tabs instead of entire aluminum cans because the tabs are easier to store than whole cans, and tabs contain pure high-quality aluminum, unlike cans, consisting of aluminum and other alloys.
After tabs are collected, the local RMHC Chapter brings the collection to local recycling centers, where they are weighed to determine their value.
The recycling center then sends the local RMHC Chapter a check for the total value.
People generally think the Ronald McDonald House of Akron is funded by McDonald’s Restaurants, when actually the funding comes from individual donations. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio account for 5 percent of the funding, which is generated through the coin donation boxes you see at local McDonald’s Restaurants.
It is through generous donations and volunteers’ time and spirit that the House is able to help the families in their time of need. The Ronald McDonald House of Akron provides 20 rooms where families from all over Ohio can stay in a home-like environment, and with limited space they’re forced to help families with greatest needs first.
While the cost of operating a single room is $80 per night, families staying at the House are asked to make a modest donation of $10 per night, and no family has ever been turned away if unable to pay. In 2011, the Ronald McDonald House of Akron was forced to say “no” to over 5,000 families because of no vacancy. In their 27th year, the need for a new or expanded house becomes more apparent each day.
Firelands’ office facility serves as a regional pop tab collection site for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron. Employees of the cooperative encourage members of the community to drop-off their pop tabs at the office facility, located at One Energy Place, New London, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Ronald McDonald House is an amazing place offering support for families with sick children, allowing them to live in a homelike setting while their children heal. I’m honored to support such an organization,” says April Bordas, Firelands’ general manager.
If you would like to donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Akron, contact the cooperative office at 800-533-8658.