HOW TO HELP WHILE SOCIAL DISTANCING
COVID-19 OPERATIONS UPDATES
Since we are unsure when check-ins will begin again, we are currently not accepting room requests or placing families on our waitlist. Families in need of lodging for outpatient appointments or inpatient admissions should contact the treating physician’s office or hospital social worker for information regarding other available resources for lodging.
Thank you for your patience as we work to develop a safe and appropriate re-opening plan.
During this unprecedented time, the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware (RMHDE) is committed to providing clean and healthy family-centered spaces for families to rest, recharge, and connect. We know everyone is struggling with the current landscape and determining how to protect themselves, their families, and their livelihoods. We have taken several steps at RMHDE to do the same thing for the families that continue to need our services while their child is receiving medical treatment.
Our House and Programs
To prevent exposure and the spread of COVID-19, our global organization made the difficult decision to suspend the acceptance of new families, effective Saturday, March 21, until further notice. Guest families currently staying at RMHDE may remain at the House at this point as long as they continue to meet health and travel screening requirements.
To date, we have suspended all volunteer shifts, our volunteer meal program, and created a plan for limiting all non-operations staff to work from home. We are taking every necessary precaution we can to protect our current families and our staff.
We remain focused on providing overnight accommodations, meals, and support for the families currently staying at our House.
Our Upcoming Events
Our Change the Luck of a Child Telethon originally scheduled for March 24th has been postponed. We look forward to announcing a new date as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on our website, email, and social media for updates. Because our families still need your support, we instead hosted an online “Day of Giving” on Tuesday. Online giving is still available for our Day of Giving campaign at rmhtelethon.org.
Our Kids Superhero and Princess Party originally scheduled for March 21st has been postponed to Saturday, October 3, 2020. The location and all other details remain the same. Updates are reflected on the event website.
Our 5K Run/Walk for Kids originally scheduled for April 11 has been postponed to Saturday, August 29, 2020, and will now be held at Rockford Park. The race start time has been moved to a half-hour earlier, and updates are reflected on our race website.
Our Birthday Party originally scheduled for June 11 has been canceled. Please consider making a donation from our Wish List to help us celebrate our 29th birthday!
How You Can Help
We know many organizations and individuals are struggling with the financial impacts this pandemic is creating. RMHDE relies on the community for support in many different ways, and that need has only increased. We hope you will consider supporting RMHDE with a donation to support our efforts in keeping families together and continuing to provide essential services during this health crisis.
Make a Financial Gift to our General “Donate Now” Page: Donations made to RMHDE’s general donation page will go to support the ongoing operations-related needs of the House- things like electric, heating, cleaning services, maintenance, and administration- everything we need to keep our doors open for our families. We cannot do it without you. Please make a gift today.
Support our “Meals for the House” Program: Community volunteer groups are an essential part of providing meals for families staying at RMHDE. However, due to restrictions volunteer groups are not able to provide this valuable resource, but the need for meals is ongoing. Options include donating to our “Meals for the House” fund, coordinating a catered meal, or providing snacks from our Wish List.
Times: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
PLEASE FOLLOW SIGNS FOR “DONATIONS” TO THE REAR ENTRANCE OF THE HOUSE.
Meals for the House
If you are dropping off a scheduled food donation coordinated through our “Meals for the House” program, follow the instructions provided to you by the staff member you worked with (usually Sarah Sommer).
Follow signs in the parking that say “DONATIONS.” We have a large Tupperware container outside the kitchen entrance doors. If your donation fits in this bin, please leave it there. Feel free to leave your name and address with the donation if you wish to receive an acknowledgment letter.
If your donation needs to be accepted by a staff person, please pick up the phone outside the back door and you will be immediately connected to the front desk. Someone will meet you at this entrance to accept your donation.
At this time, we are encouraging Pop Tab donations to be delivered after we lift restrictions and re-open the House.
We plan to keep this page updated with the most current information as the situation evolves.
Thank you for helping keep our families together and close to the care they need. Sick children continue to need treatment- and they need their families by their sides- especially now.