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On the Go Boutique raises money for Ronald McDonald House!

For the 4th year, On the Go Boutique designated several items as “Ronald McDonald House” pieces, where all of the proceeds are donated to our charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. This year, the boutique was able to donate $7,300! We are so grateful for this continued support.

To put this support into perspective, we estimate that it would cost our families - who are never asked to pay - $88 per night to stay at either of our Houses. This donation alone would provide over 82 nights of stay for a family!

Thank you, On the Go Boutique!

Thanks for Your Support! Looking Ahead to 2021

While this year has brought unexpected experiences for all of us, we’ve seen our share of successes throughout 2020 — and none of what we accomplished would have been possible without the support of our community members!

To everyone who volunteered their time and energy, donated meals to the Houses, or simply made a monetary donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, we thank you! We look forward to a brighter 2021.

But there’s still more work to be done.

As 2020 comes to a close, consider making a gift to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, as we push to meet our annual goal. Make and end of year gift to help our families...

Check out our House Wish Lists too and donate new, unused, recently purchased and unexpired items like cleaning supplies, kitchen items, and toiletries. Shop the House wish lists...

Our Meals from the Heart program is currently suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but the Houses are still accepting gifts of catered meals or gift cards to local restaurants to feed our families.

To donate a meal to the Springfield House contact Katie at meals@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

To donate a meal to the Peoria House contact Annie at as@rmhc-centralillinois.org.

It’s the Season of Giving! Make a Giving Tree donation!

This year, Ethan Allen Design Center in Peoria is hosting the Giving Tree to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois.

Choose one — or more — tags from the tree, purchase the item shown for the House, and drop off your donations at the Ethan Allen store, located at 5301 E. Landers Way, Peoria, IL 61615.

Tags available:

  • $10: Pack of Clorox wipes to sanitize House
  • $16: 2 pack of pillows
  • $25: Individually wrapped snacks for families to take to hospital
  • $25–$50: Gift cards for families
  • $50: Month’s supply of laundry detergent for families to use
  • $88: Provide one night’s stay at the House for a family
  • $125: Help provide dinner one evening for the families in our House
  • $1,936: Provide one night for the entire House ($88 x 22 family suites)

Porch pick-ups are also available.

To schedule a porch pickup, contact Susan Knox at 309-692-2889 or email susan.knox@ethanallen.com.

Purchase your favorite RMHCCI gear. A portion of the proceeds directly benefit our Houses and the families we serve!

Many of you have asked how you can best help the Springfield and Peoria Houses at this time. Here is a NEW way for you to get involved, and it involves shopping! The link closed on December 29th. A portion of the proceeds directly benefit our Houses and the families we serve! Please share with friends and family.

Happy shopping!

Purchase your favorite RMHCCI gear. A portion of the proceeds directly benefit our Houses and the families we serve!

Happy Anniversary Peoria House!

Happy Anniversary Peoria House! We have made a positive impact in the lives of many families that have stayed at the Peoria House

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated wish list items and money, delivered meals, and made this possible — we wouldn’t be here without you! Despite the challenges we have faced, we have made a positive impact in the lives of many families that have stayed at the Peoria House. We’re looking forward to many more years of service!

To send a gift to the Peoria House, check out our wish lists!

“Round up for RMHC” when you eat at McDonald’s!

Last month, the Pekin McDonald's Crew set a goal to raise as much money as possible for RMHCCI through the "Round Up" program. We were thrilled to learn that they raised well over $10,000 for our Houses!

Don't forget to "Round up for RMHC" when you eat at McDonald's!

When you round up at a local McDonald's in the Springfield and Peoria areas, you are helping families who stay at our Houses.

Last month, the Pekin McDonald's Crew set a goal to raise as much money as possible for RMHCCI through the Round Up program.

The Pekin McDonald’s Crew raised well over $10,000 for our RMHCCI Housesthrough the "Round Up" program. Thank you!

We appreciate our Volunteers – meet Carol B!

How easy was it for Carol Bingham to decide to volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois?

“It was a no brainer for me to volunteer here.”

Carol is one of many RMHCCI volunteers and started giving her time in 2016. After retiring from a career that kept her busy, she needed something to do and knew all the good work that Ronald McDonald House® was doing in her community and for families from around the area. Carol coordinates the Guest Chef program and the Peoria House Pathway to Hope project and is always willing to lend a hand with other projects as needed. Read more about Carol and her favorite part of volunteering for the organization below.

When did you start volunteering at RMHCCI?

Spring of 2016 after I retired in January.

What made you want to volunteer at the House?

After working 60+ hours a week, I needed something to do.  However, I also knew of the good work that the Ronald McDonald House provided to our community, so it was a no brainer for me to volunteer here.

What type of volunteer work do you do at the House?

I coordinate the guest chef program in addition to doing computer work especially the Exceed program.  I also coordinate the ongoing brick project for the Peoria House.  Basically, I am willing to do anything that keeps me busy.

How has your role as a volunteer changed since COVID-19?

Per RMHC's COVID-19 protocol, I have not been able to come into the House like I like to.  However, while at home, I was still able to keep up my work on guest chef meals and the brick project remotely on the computer.  I have also been able to help keep Exceed updated with guest information from home too. I look forward to getting back to the Houses regularly again.

What’s your favorite part about volunteering at RMHC?

I not only enjoy the work I am doing knowing that I am productive for a great charity but I also have met so many nice people from staff, volunteers and guests who are awesome to work with.  I really missed them during those months of not being able to come into the House and see everyone.

 

Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Visit our volunteer page to learn more!

 

Give the Gift That Keeps On Giving! Our Home for the Holidays Campaign.

Help us make our families feel at home at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois this holiday season. Your donations help us provide a warm and welcoming place for families to stay while their children receive medical treatment nearby. Without your support, our families would not be able to enjoy all the comforts of home while they are away, including warm meals.

Support our Home for the Holidays campaign that kicks off on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020 and runs through December 8. You can make a monetary donation online to support the families that will make our Houses their home this holiday season. Or purchase a gift for the Houses from the Wishlists.

The Ronald McDonald House® is funded 100% by donations, and we need your help this holiday season.

Your donations help us provide a warm and welcoming place for families to stay while their children receive medical treatment nearby.

Help us make our families feel at home at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois this holiday season.

Support Ronald McDonald House by Purchasing your Morning Coffee at one of our “Coffee for a Cause” Partners!

Our Home for the Holidays campaign started on #GivingTuesday! All gifts, today through December 8th, will help us make our Springfield and Peoria Ronald McDonald Houses feel like home to the families we serve during this holiday season.

If you are in Springfield, one way you can support this campaign is by purchasing your morning coffee at one of our Coffee for a Cause partners: Caribou Coffee, Custom Cup, BUNN Gourmet, or Papo’s Cafe! Get your much needed caffeine fix, and support local businesses for a good cause!

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