This post is part of our ongoing series profiling Los Angeles nonprofits.
Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House
4560 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
An Overview of What They Do:
The Ronald McDonald House opened back in 1980, and since then, they have helped 35,000 families who have a child receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. The Ronald McDonald House provides “comfort, care, and support to children and families in Southern California.”
The Ronald McDonald House originally began as a 16-room, 11,970-square foot facility. Over the years, it has expanded and is now a 27,780-square foot facility which includes a long-term housing wing. The new Helms Building also includes a kitchen and dining area, game room, full service gym, laundry facilities, and a computer room. The House can accommodate 75 families each night and serves as an important “home away from home” for “families of children, from birth to 21 who are being treated at nearby hospitals and medical facilities.”
How Families Can Help:
Meal of Love: Groups of up to 15 people can create a Meal of Love for families at the House. Volunteers choose a menu, purchase ingredients, and prepare the meal in the full-service kitchen on-site. Families enjoy a home-cooked meal while receiving nourishment and much-needed comfort.
Day of Service: If you’ve got a large group (Girl Scout troop for example) consider participating in a Day of Service. For volunteer groups of 25 or more, there are several projects you can participate in including working on gardening projects, making snack packs and/or care kits, and more.
Volunteer on a regular basis: There are many ways for everyone (including individuals, families, small groups and large groups) to volunteer and make a difference. Youth volunteers (those 15 and younger) are encouraged to participate.
Make a monetary donation: Donations may be made as a one-time gift or on a monthly basis. “The majority of our programming funds come from individuals, organizations and businesses.”
Purchase items from the Wish List: Items from the wish list aren’t just needed during the holiday season; the need exists all year round. Many of the items on the wish list are items we buy for our own families; so it really is as easy as just buying a bit more on our next shopping trip. You can check the website for detailed wish lists separated by category including baby and child items (such as baby powder and diapers), cleaning supplies (including bleach and dryer sheets), personal items (such as toilet paper and shampoo), and much more.