Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine promotes the health, development and well being of children and their families. We accomplish this through both the Ronald McDonald Houses, a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, the Ronald McDonald Family Room, and also by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families.
The four core programs of RMHC – the Ronald McDonald House Bangor, Ronald McDonald House Portland, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald House Charities Grants Program – are focused on helping families in need. Our cornerstone Ronald McDonald House program began in 1984 based on a simple idea: Provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Since that time, more than 23,000 families from Maine, New Hampshire and beyond have benefited from the comfort provided by one of Maine’s Ronald McDonald Houses.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room program extends the comfort of a Ronald McDonald House to a hospital setting. Our Family Room within the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center is located just steps from the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, the Family Room provides a place to escape the stress and tension of the hospital.
The RMHC Grants Program reaches out to meet the needs of the community by funding programs specifically benefiting children in the areas served by our local McDonald‘s restaurants. Beneficiaries of RMHC grants are local 501(3)(c) non-for-profit organizations that have demonstrated an ability to respond to the needs of children and their families in a definitive, hands-on manner that yields measurable results. Since 1989, RMHC has awarded more than $3 million locally for programs.