The Comfort of HOME, Wherever You Are.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte mission is to embrace families of sick or injured children by providing the comfort and support of home during their greatest time of need. Families are stronger when they are together, and this is never more important than when a child is experiencing a medical crisis. During this uncertain time, the presence of a familiar face eases the strain of medical uncertainty.
The vision of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte is to foster strong relationships with community partners to create a caring environment for families when illness strikes a child.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Every year, Ronald McDonald House Charities strives to improve the health and well-being of nearly 3.7 million children worldwide. The approach thinks globally and acts locally. RMHC tailors programs and services to address the most urgent needs in each of its communities. A network of local chapters, like ours here in Charlotte, stretch across 43 countries and regions worldwide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte?
RMHC of Greater Charlotte provides comfort and care to families of sick or injured children from across the Carolinas, the country and the world, who are receiving treatment at area medical facilities in Charlotte, North Carolina. During short-term or extended hospital stays, the RMHC House provides a safe haven for families to rest, eat and find support from one another and the community as they cope with their children’s medical needs. Additionally, the RMHC Family Room at Caroline’s Corner provides respite for families just steps away from their child’s bedside and the Happy Wheels program provides care items to families within a hospital setting.
When was the first Ronald McDonald House built, and how many are there now?
The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974, and there are now more than 380 Houses in 49 countries and regions around the world. More than 10 million families have been hosted at Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide. Every night, more than 10,000 beds are available for families away from home receiving medical treatment for their children.
Why was a Ronald McDonald House built in Charlotte?
The opening of Atrium Health’s new 240-bed Levine Children’s Hospital and the expansion of Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital created the need for a facility located nearby, to host families who come to Charlotte seeking world-class medical care for seriously ill children. The RMHC of Greater Charlotte House opened its doors to families in May 2011. In 2023, RMHC of GC programs served over 4,300 families.
Are there other Ronald McDonald Houses in the Carolinas?
The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is the fifth such facility in North Carolina. The first Ronald McDonald House in North Carolina was opened in Durham in 1980. There also are facilities in Chapel Hill, Greenville, and Winston-Salem.
Who owns and operates the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte?
Ronald McDonald House programs are owned and operated by the local community. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is managed by a local Board of Directors.
How much does it cost for families to stay in the Ronald McDonald House?
Families are never asked to pay for their stay at the RMHC House. All items provided by the Happy Wheels program and at the Family Room at Caroline’s Corner are also complimentary. Donations are always welcomed to help RMHC of GC provide these programs and a comfortable home-away-from-home.
How can I help?
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte is funded and operated by the Charlotte community. There are many different ways to volunteer and donate to our programs.
Click here to find out how to contribute and donate.
Click here to explore volunteer opportunities.
Can I book a speaker?
Are you seeking a speaker for your company, school, church, or other business/community organization? If so, please consider letting us share our Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte story!
Our speaker pool includes staff, board members, and volunteer community ambassadors. Our representatives typically speak for 20-30 minutes, but we are flexible based on your organization’s needs. We encourage questions from the audience!
Click here to fill out our speaker request form.
Why does RMHC collect pop tabs?
Those tiny little tabs are easy to overlook, but they can make a BIG impact on the families of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Charlotte! RMHC of GC takes tabs to our metal recycling partner, United Scrap Metal, and exchange the tabs for money for our guest family fund. This encourages the community to recycle and give back to those in need, while bringing awareness to our mission. Click here to learn more about pop tabs.