The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester
Mission: The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children.
In 1985, inspired by the impact of Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide, McDonald's owner/operators in the Rochester area approached Strong Memorial Hospital concerning the opening of a Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. The hospital supported the proposal and the University of Rochester donated the building site. With local McDonald's operators’ initial pledge of $250,000 and a seed grant of $25,000 from McDonald’s Corporation, the capital campaign was off to a strong start. The first fundraiser was a shamrock shake campaign. Many others in the Rochester area stepped up to provide the $1.3 million and the volunteer support needed to open the doors to the 128th ‘Home-Away-From-Home’ in February 1990. Since then they have provided a haven for over 6,000 families for their child’s specialized medical care.
In 1996, the Rochester Ronald McDonald House merged with the local chapter of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities. Together as Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, they have the power to extend their reach to thousands of children in the greater Rochester community who benefit from programs and services provided by children’s charities supported through their grants program. In 2005, they further expanded their continuum of care by opening their “House within the Hospital”. Located atop the new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong, their 4,000-square-foot House provides proximate respite and support for families just 60 seconds away from their critically ill or injured child. This unique, on-site haven allows them to serve more families than ever before.
The Kickball League of Rochester players helped raise $6,719 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester NY during the Summer 2011 season.