As a “thank you” to our many customers who have honored and trusted us in their homes these past 65 years, ServiceMark Heating Cooling & Plumbing likes to give back to the community, as a whole, with several community outreach projects.
One of our favorites is helping the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware – a wonderful organization that keeps families together during times of health crisis.
As a presenting sponsor of the annual 5K Race, held at the Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware, ServiceMark helps to organize and promote this heart-warming charity event, which raises thousands of dollars to help support the home and the families who use it.
Here are a few interesting facts about this nationally acclaimed organization:
What is Ronald McDonald House of Delaware?
Ronald McDonald House of Delaware is the not profit corporation that operates our “home away from home” for families with seriously or chronically ill or injured children ranging from newborn to age twenty one who must travel from home to area hospitals for specialized medical treatments and operates Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Bayhealth Medical Center, Christiana Care, and Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Are all Ronald McDonald Houses connected?
Ronald McDonald Houses are owned and operated by local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC), based in Oak Brook, Illinois. Each local chapter is licensed by McDonald’s Corporation and operates as an IRS-designated 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. While all chapters are part of the overall RMHC system, each is overseen at the local level by its own Board of Directors and is supported by individuals, organizations, businesses, and foundations within the local community.
What does Ronald McDonald House do for families?
In addition to providing safe and comfortable accommodations and a caring environment, Ronald McDonald House allows families to find a strong support system, establishing friendships with other families facing similar anxieties, hardships, and uncertainties. A family may stay at our House whether the child is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment.
What does a family staying at Ronald McDonald House of Delaware receive?
In 2015, the Ronald McDonald House served 2,131 families. Each family that checks into the House has a private guest room with a private bath, phone with voice mail, and TV. Wheelchair accessible rooms are also available. In addition the House is equipped with three computers with high speed Internet, wireless connection throughout the House, fitness center, four different playrooms including a teen room, 5-station kitchen, library, state of the art media room and outside playgrounds. Every evening volunteer meal groups provide a hot evening meal and breakfast is provided on weekends.
How is the House operated?
Ronald McDonald House of Delaware is an independent, community supported, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. A 30 member Board of Directors governs the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and is responsible for policy making, governance and financial oversight. The Board is comprised of community, medical and McDonald’s representatives. The Board hires the President and CEO who manages the ongoing operations including staffing, public relations, strategic planning and fund raising. In addition to the small staff of 13 we have more than 415 volunteers who cover daily and weekly shifts at the House, as well as provide help during our major fundraising events.
To learn more about how you can help please go to rmhde.org