What We Do
A Global Tradition of Hope, Providing a Home Away From Home in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville is one of more than 337 Houses operating worldwide today. Since 1974, Ronald McDonald Houses have united in a common purpose – to offer hope, support and love to families struggling with children’s illness, by offering a “home away from home.” The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) improved the health and well-being of over 8.9 million children worldwide last year – it has indeed made a global impact. And while its approach is to think globally, RMHC acts locally by tailoring programs and services that address the most urgent needs of each community it serves. A network of local chapters, including the one here in Charlottesville, carries out its core mission in 52 countries and regions around the globe.
Where there is a sick child who needs specific treatment at a children’s medical facility, a Ronald McDonald House is open to welcome and comfort families in need. Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents can also better communicate with their child’s medical team, and keep up with complicated treatment plans as needed.