Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. (ARMHC) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of children, by providing temporary housing and support services to families of ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals. Since 1979, ARMHC has served more than 42,000 families throughout Georgia, the Southeast and beyond.
McDonald's is ARMHC largest corporate donor. Portions of the annual operating costs are graciously funded by McDonald's and owner operators of local McDonald's restaurants. However, what most people don't understand is that the reminder of the annual operating income comes from the generosity of individuals and corporate donors.
The Gatewood House opened it's doors in June 2008 and has served more than 6,800 families. It currently has 50 bedrooms, and a one of of a kind transplant wing.
The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Wing is specially equipped with 10 private, two-bedroom suites for the families of post-transplant children who have received heart, liver, kidney and blood and marrow transplants. The transplant wing is separate from the other 40 guests rooms to protect the children from exposure to infections.
The Gatewood House includes common family and support areas, a family kitchen and dining room, a family conference and teaching room, a family library and business center with computers, an arts and crafts/activity room and a family laundry facility.
Eco-friendly, sustainable design was key to the planning and construction of the House. Many of the materials were chosen because they were made from recycled products.
Coca-Cola became a corporate donor to RMHC in 1974, and the company continues to stand out as a loyal and charitable supporter today.
Coke donates a stocked vending machine to every Ronald McDonald House around the world. Vending machines generate $2,000 in revenue for each House.
Coca-Cola’s commitment extends far beyond its product donation. Local RMHC Chapters and their Houses also benefit from fundraisers such as golf outings and dinner auctions. Since 1984, the Coca-Cola Company has given RMHC more than $6 million in grants.
ARMHC also supports local area high school seniors with college scholarships. In 2013, 10 students were awarded $2,500 every year for four years and 58 students were awarded a one-time $1,500 scholarship to the college of their choice.
Each year, Post Properties associates donate hundreds of volunteer hours to help bring hope and comfort to the many families who temporarily reside at Atlanta’s Ronald McDonald Houses while their children receive medical treatments.
Whether sprucing up flowerbeds, baking cookies or tidying the facility, Post is always there, often during Post HOPE’s bi-annual Employee Workdays, to support the families who stay at the two Ronald McDonald Houses. In 2007, Post HOPE donated both physical and financial resources, including $25,000, to get the new Ronald McDonald House at Emory University up and running.
Post also donated created a meditation garden, offering a Zen-like retreat amongst stones preserved from a nearby home.
The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House have several volunteer programs, including a volunteer program for teens who love philanthropy and serving others.
Please watch the video below, to fall in love over and over again with this wonderful organization, and understand why it's so vital to volunteer, donate, and get involved. After all there's nothing more important in this world than caring for our children!