I am pleased to announce that I was recently elected to the Board of Advisors of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Until I became involved as a sponsor and donor within the past few years, I was unaware of the lasting impact that LARMH and its affiliates across the country make on the lives of sick children and their families.
Here are a few interesting facts about LARMH:
- The House is a “Home Away From Home” for families of children undergoing treatment for serious childhood illnesses at nearby hospitals.
- Since 1980 the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House has offered unduplicated services to more than 30,000 needy families from every state in the US and from 45 different countries around the world.
- In 2010, the House provided 2,213 families 16,441 room nights through our program.
- Nearly 80% of the families the House serves are low-income and ethnic minorities.
- The program costs $175 per day, however, the House asks only a donation of $25 per day from families to support our program.
- More than 65% of the families the House supported in 2010 were unable to pay this modest donation, 33% were unable to pay anything at all, yet no one is ever turned away from our program due to inability to pay.
- Local McDonald’s owners/operators contribute 10-15% of the annual operating budget.
The last item is particularly notable. Although McDonald’s generously donates millions of dollars to Houses across the country, the charity relies primarily on donations from corporations and people like you and me.
I would encourage anyone who reads this or feels passionately about the cause to check out the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House website. Of course, I’m always available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at 714-982-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Jeffrey Janis of LARMH at 323-644-3090.