Serious childhood illness takes a tremendous toll on the entire family, both emotionally and financially — but RMHCDC steps in to ease the burden. Its two Houses (in DC and Virginia) serve families of critically ill or injured children in treatment at area hospitals, providing a "home-away-from-home" where families can be together. While a small daily donation is welcome, no family is turned away for inability to pay. For families staying together at Inova Children’s Hospital or Children’s National, Ronald McDonald Hospitality Carts provide bedside hospitality to families and children directly in the hospital. In addition, two Ronald McDonald Care Mobile programs provide free preventative healthcare as well as nutrition and fitness education to under-served and under-insured children in our region. Keeping families together in a time of need is … priceless.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 5

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Statewide; Internationally; While our Ronald McDonald Houses serve families from across the country and around the world, our Kids Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated in partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, serves children in DC Wards 5, 6, 7, and 8. Our second Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, home to the FITNESS Program, launched in 2017 and also partners with schools in under-served areas of DC. The program will be expanding into VA and MD.

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Schools They Work In: FITNESS Program:; Barnard ES; Neval Thomas ES; KIPP Aim; KIPP Heights; KIPP Lead; Monument Academy; JC Nalle

  • Nights of lodging provided in 2017:   8265
  • Number of children in underserved neighborhoods who received primary care at the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile:   Nearly 500 in 2017
  • Students and families who gained knowledge around proper nutrition and exercise thanks to the FITNESS Program in 2017:  
    Over 1400 students and families at 5 K-8 schools
  • Families who visited Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, designed to support a family centered approach to care, at Children's National and Inova Children's Hospital:   2700 in 2017
  • Number of Hospitality A La Cartes bringing compassionate hospitality bedside to families on Hematology/Oncology, Med/Surg, Cardiac Care and the PICU and NICU units:   3

Awards & Recognition

Charity Navigator 4 Stars
GuideStar Platinum Rating
BBB.Org Accredited Charity Status
Business.Org Top Charity 2018


Budget (FY2023)

  • The current budget for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC is: $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
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