Spotlight on Nonprofits
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas
Who’s Leading? Executive Director Janelle Mason leads the team at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, the umbrella organization of Little Rock’s Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock.
What’s It All About? Ronald McDonald House provides a comfortable, welcoming home away from home for parents and families of seriously ill children receiving medical treatment in Little Rock. The house provides private, individual suites; hot meals; play spaces; and other places to relax after a stressful day of treatments.
Where Can I Find It? Ronald McDonald House is located right across the street from Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
When Can I Attend? Eligible families are referred to Ronald McDonald House by hospital personnel. There is never a charge for lodging or services, but many families opt to pay a modest fee to help defray costs.
Why Is It Important? The house provides families a comfortable, affordable means of staying near their child during treatment. According to the organization’s 2017 Impact on Families Summary, more than 1,100 families spent over 9,600 nights at the house that year. In addition, nearly 30,000 meals were served to parents and families.
Attend! The Pop Tab Program celebrates its big weigh-in at the Little Rock Zoo on May 10. Teams have been collecting aluminum can tabs all year long to help raise money for RMHCA. Anyone can collect and donate pop tabs; just pull off tabs from aluminum beverage and soup cans and drop them off any day between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, located at 1501 W. 10th Street. The money raised helps pay for families to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
How Can I Help? Donations, both individual and corporate, represent the bulk of RMHCA’s funding. The staff at the house is also assisted greatly by the help of individual and groups of volunteers. To donate, volunteer or learn more, please visit rmhcarkansas.org.