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About Us

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois is here to serve and sustain families when catastrophe strikes the most cherished part of their lives – their children.

Our Mission

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois provides programs to support the well-being of children and provides a home away from home for families with children receiving medical care.

History of Our Chapter

A campaign to begin the House started in 1982 after research showed that an average of 45 children from outside of Springfield were being admitted to Springfield hospitals each day.  In 1984, a capital campaign began, followed by a groundbreaking in 1985.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois officially opened its doors in Springfield on February 15, 1986.

To learn about major milestones of the House, click here

The History of Ronald McDonald House Charities

In 1974 when the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Fred Hill was diagnosed with leukemia, he and his wife soon discovered the difficulties faced by families of sick children. They spent sleepless nights on hospital chairs and ate vending machine meals. They also met many other families who faced similar situations: they had traveled long distances to bring their children to a medical facility, but couldn’t afford a hotel room. The Hill’s joined with the Eagles’ general manager, Jim Murray, and Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and together they created the first Ronald McDonald House. That first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974. Today there are more than 300 houses in 30 countries around the world.

“Labor of Love: Give from the Heart to Keep Families Together”

On March 7, 2014, RMHCCI launched its “Labor of Love” campaign to expand and renovate the Ronald McDonald House for the first-ever total remodel of the House since opening in 1986. The construction was completed in mid-October and the House re-opened to families on October 17, 2014.

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Family Stories

  • The Diebal Family

    Pictured are Jamie and Craig, with Allison and Jillian doing well at 16 weeks in August of 2017.

    Our 2017 Winter Mailer features to story of Jamie and Craig and their stay at the House when their twin daughters were born prematurely. Below is Jamie’s story in her own words.

    In the early morning hours of May 1, 2017, our world completely changed. I was only 27 weeks along in my pregnancy with twin girls, when my water broke. My husband and I arrived at the hospital in Springfield, fearing the ...



  • Join us for the 3rd Annual Glow Run on Friday, May 11, 2018! Proceeds from the run support the House and the families we serve! At the House we provide families with the essentials of home for as long as they need, at no cost to them. ...


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RMHC Central Illinois - house at 610 North 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62702 Phone: 217-

610 N. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
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