Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

300 9th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
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Our mission The Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville exists to serve and sustain families when serious illness or injury strikes the most cherished part of their lives, their children.

Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

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Meals from the Heart

One of our most impactful programs is “Meals from the Heart.” Businesses, groups, families, individuals and organizations come to the House and make a meal for our families. When a child is receiving medical treatment for serious illness or injury, taking away the worry of “what’s for dinner?” is a wonderful relief. That’s why we… See full description
  • Adults (18+)
  • One-time, Ongoing, Recurring
  • None
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families, Corporate Teams
  • In-person, Indoor

Urgent Need: Deliver Food from Area Businesses

We need volunteers to pick up weekly donations from local businesses that donate food to the House. We currently have Monday volunteers but need Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday volunteers. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday pickups from Wawa are available right now. The Wawa is the one on Pantops (820 Pantops Cor Wy – 434-485-0344) and… See full description
  • 16-18, Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • None
  • Weekdays
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Families, Corporate Teams
  • In-person, Collect Donations, Food Distribution, Delivery

Love Sandwich Program

Starting Again in January 2023: Every Friday, volunteers make 75 meals – a sandwich, chips, fresh fruit, veggies with ranch dressing, and a cookie or other dessert – to  take to UVA Children’s Hospital. We need folks here from 8 a.m. to around 9:30 a.m to ensure that we can get everything complete and to… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • One-time, Ongoing, Recurring
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families, Corporate Teams
  • In-person, Food Distribution, Food Packing

Hospitality Cart

We are excited to once again sponsor the Hospitality Cart Program at UVA Children’s Hospital. Since this is at the Medical Center, we work with UVA Volunteer Services to staff this one and have to go through their volunteer process to get approved to work on the pediatric floors.  The Cart runs Tuesdays and Thursdays… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+, Child with Adult
  • Ongoing, Recurring
  • On-site
  • Weekdays
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Indoor, Food Distribution
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Prepare a 'Meal from the Heart' for our families in house

Up to 3 vaccinated adults may come to the house and prepare a meal for our families, or purchase a meal and have it delivered to the RM House.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • None
Items we need now

Wish List

The Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville Wish List is comprised of items that are needed to keep the House running and our families supplied with necessities. We welcome contributions from individuals, groups, families, and all those who want to support the families staying at the RMHC Charlottesville while their children face health issues. We especially appreciate volunteers organizing a Wish List Drive to collect a large volume of goods from the community. It’s a meaningful event where a group of any size, any age, can gain experience in community outreach AND help RMHC Charlottesville’s families in a significant way. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 434-295-1885 and ask for Melissa. At the time you make your delivery, it is very helpful to us if you could provide us with a value of the donated items. Thank you!   Updated:11/10/2022 IMMEDIATE NEEDS :
    • Snacks- look for December and later expiration dates please
    • Bottled Ranch Dressing
    • Coffee Creamer Pods (individual shots), like Half and Half and International Delight
    • Vegetable Peelers
    • Small spiral bound notebooks or Steno notebooks
    • Portioning Cups
    • Bona Concentrate
    • Mag Light Flash Light
    • Oxyclean Stain Remover Spray
    • Acrylic Paint Pens for Rock Garden Project
    • Aluminum Foil – regular size
    • Urgent Need! Individual size bottles of water
    • Large Cooking Pots
    • Vornado Fan for guest rooms
    • All Free & Clear Laundry pods
    • Paper Plates and Paper Bowls
    • Virex -concentrate
    • Guest Room Coverlets
    • Small umbrellas (for our families to use to get to and from the shuttle to the hospital)
    • Copy Paper
    • Ink cartridges for office printer:  HP laser jet 215A :  W2310A – black
    • Lamps
    • Parchment Paper for Cooking
    • Ziplock bags- sandwich size
    • Phone Chargers
    • Battery Operated Leaf Blower
    On-Going House Needs:
    • Gift Cards to Sam’s, Amazon, Food Lion, Wegman’s, Lowes, WalMart, Target and local stores
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Item Collection
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About us For countless families, the Ronald McDonald House in Charlottesville becomes the home they never thought they would need. Sitting on a quiet street, just blocks from the University of Virginia Medical Center, it offers families a refuge, a place where they can find comfort, as they face one of life’s most unimaginable challenges: caring for their seriously ill child.
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