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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation not owned or operated by McDonald’s Restaurants. However, between gifts from McDonald’s owner/operators and McDonald’s customers providing change in RMHC Donation Boxes located in the stores, McDonald’s Restaurants is our largest corporate donor.
The next time you drive through a McDonald’s Restaurant, consider dropping your spare change in the donation box next to the cash register or drive-thru window. Monies from restaurants in eastern Iowa and western Illinois benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois (RMHC-EIWI) and the University of Iowa maintain a strong relationship, and have been working together to support the needs of families since 1983. The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City is located on the University of Iowa campus, just three blocks from University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
The relationship between RMHC-EIWI, the University of Iowa and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital is exemplified in several ways. Most notably, the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital support family members of ill children receiving health care services at the hospital. Additionally, payroll deduction support of RMHC-EIWI from all University of Iowa faculty and staff amounts to approximately $42,500 annually. RMHC-EIWI also receives infrastructure, labor and support through the UI at little to no cost, including: HVAC, IT/Telecom services, landscaping/grounds keeping, general maintenance and repair. In addition, about 75 percent of the volunteers at RMHC-EIWI are UI students.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s Hospital allows families of children receiving treatment at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s in Cedar Rapids to enjoy the comforts of home just steps from their child’s bedside.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois and St. Luke’s Hospital partnered to provide the Ronald McDonald Family Room on the second floor of the Helen G. Nassif Center for Women’s and Children’s Health building.