Ronald McDonald House Charities

How It Makes a Difference

Ronald McDonald House was first established in 1974 to provide a home away from home for out of town families of seriously ill children who were being treated as patients at the local children's medical center.  Today, there are 322 Ronald McDonald Houses and 46 Care Mobiles serving the same mission in hundreds of cities around the world.  Included in the list are houses in Pittsburgh, Hershey and Danville.

In 1984, in memory of Ray Kroc, found of the McDonald's Corporation, Ronald McDonald House Charities was established nationally to provide financial grants to qualifying not-for-profit organizations involved with youth.  The simple objective was to help young people lead happier, healthier and mor productive lives.  In 1991, the Mid-Penn Chapter of RMHC was formed to directly serve organizations within the central Pennsylvania area.

RMHC of Mid-Penn Region supports not-for-profit groups whose programs directly benefit children in the areas of health care and medical research, including local Ronald McDonald Houses; education and the arts; civic and social services.  The chapter's mission is to help develop, support and encourage programs which will enable children to live their lives to the fullest.