We are currently monitoring the fast-changing facts and information regarding COVID-19 with great concern. We have been in close contact with our hospital partners and other Ronald McDonald House chapters across the US to ensure a consistent, proactive and unified response. We are currently following all recommended precautions from our local hospitals and the CDC to protect from possible exposure.
Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to restrict all outside visitors and suspend all group volunteer activities, including our Guest Chef program. We will not be accepting in-person donations until further notice.
Through these ever-changing times, we are continually assessing and evolving our policies to best protect our families, volunteers, and staff. To continue to keep the children and families as safe and healthy as possible, we find we have to make a difficult decision.
Effective immediately, we will not be accepting new families until further notice. During this timeframe, we will be periodically re-assessing the situation to determine our next steps. Guest families currently staying at the House may remain as long as we are able to safely sustain and manage operations. All previously stated policies remain in place for the time being.
We’d like to send our appreciation to the families, volunteers, and staff who are remaining poised, flexible, and collaborative through this unprecedented time. We are in this together.
We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our families, volunteers, and staff. Effective March 13, ALL group volunteer activities, including our Guest Chef program, have been suspended. Additionally, we will not be accepting in-person donations or allowing visitors.
Read a message from Executive Director, Robin Chibroski.
-All group volunteer activities have been suspended, including our Guest Chef program. At this time, we encourage our community to financially support a meal in lieu of cooking for our families. Prepared meals and in-person donations of groceries are currently not accepted.
-Visitors are not permitted to enter the House.
-Our Day Use program is suspended until further notice.
This temporary disruption in programming will leave our guests without many of the resources that they have come to count on from RMHC Maine.
Here are three non-contact ways to continue to support our families:
- Make a donation. This allows us the flexibility to support our families in the ways they need it most.
- Support a meal. While we temporarily restrict in-person meal prep, consider making an online donation to help us feed our families while our Guest Chef program is on hold.
- Shop from our Amazon wishlists. (Bangor or Portland) To send supplies directly to our Houses and help us stock key items for our families.
**Please note, we will not be accepting in-person donations, however, our House Managers will be accepting all Amazon deliveries outside of the doors of RMH Bangor and RMH Portland.
Through this time, our heart remains where it always has: with the families who rely on us to provide comfort during their most stressful times. Many lives have been turned upside-down, but we are in this together. Alongside our community, we will begin to pick up the pieces and adjust to our new normal.
On behalf of all of us at RMHC Maine, stay kind and be well.