Greenville Journal Feature Article

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas plans to double capacity with expansion

AUG 3, 2017 | EMILY PIETRAS

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (RMHCC), which assists the families of sick or critically injured children by providing housing, meals, transportation, and other support, has been facing an unprecedented demand for its services.

“We are always full at over 80 percent capacity and have been for over five years,” says Marti Spencer, executive director and CEO of RMHCC.

RMHCC, located on Grove Road across from the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital, is one of more than 335 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide.

“We allow families to have time together. That’s the most important thing,” Spencer says. “So when your child is critically ill or injured, you know that we are kind of going to take away all those worries about where you’re going to sleep, where you’re going to eat, how you’re going to take a shower, do laundry. … So we provide all of those for them so that their focus can be on their child. We try to be part of the whole program of family-centered care.”

She adds, “We’re able to keep families close and help them have some normalcy at a very unpredictable time in their lives and their children’s lives.”

Since RMHCC opened its doors in 1989, GHS Children’s Hospital has more than doubled its number of beds, from 64 to 166 in 2015. In that same time period, its team of pediatric specialists has increased from 14 to 206.

More than half of the families who stay at RMHCC have children being treated at GHS, but the organization has other medical affiliates in the Upstate, including the Shriners Hospital for Children and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

RMHCC mainly serves families from across South Carolina, as well as from six neighboring states: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. In 2015, the counties most served were Oconee, Greenwood, Laurens, Anderson, Spartanburg, and Greenville.

Although RMHCC never wants to be in a position where they have to turn away a family, the growth of local hospital systems has left them without a choice. With just 12 guest rooms, they simply don’t have enough space to accommodate need.

“Last year, we served over 350 families, but we had to wait-list over 250 families,” Spencer says.

The Bell family recently spent 12 days at a hotel before RMHCC had an open room.

Twenty-nine-year old Abby Bell gave birth to her second child, Jensen, on May 11. Her pregnancy was full-term without any complications, but during birth, Jensen sustained a severe brain injury, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. He was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit at the GHS Children’s Hospital.

Continue reading the full story here: https://greenvillejournal.com/2017/08/03/ronald-mcdonald-house-charities-carolinas-plans-double-capacity-expansion/
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4th Annual Greenville Roast to Feature Bob Howard

Ronald McDonald House 4th Annual Greenville Roast to Feature Bob Howard

Fundraiser Roasts Past President of Greenville Tech Foundation

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Feb. 16, 2017) – Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is pleased to announce its 4th Annual Greenville Roast honorary Roastee will be Mr. Bob Howard, Past President of Greenville Tech Foundation. The Greenville Roast is the Ronald McDonald House’s annual comedic-fundraiser designed to “roast” community leaders all while raising funds for the House’s mission of keeping families close to their critically injured or sick child. In addition, part of the proceeds will also benefit Greenville Tech Foundation and its mission of ensuring that the college is able to provide a quality college education at modest costs and to reduce financial barriers to higher education.

The Greenville Roast will be held on Thursday, March 16th at the Poinsett Club Downtown. Bob Howard’s friends and colleagues will be on the “Roasting Panel” providing laughs for the entire audience. The Roasters include Marion Crawford, President and CEO of Crawford Strategy, Alan Ethridge, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council, Butler Mullins, Foundation Manager of Greenville Tech Foundation, and Knox White, Mayor of Greenville. The group of roasters will subject Mr. Howard to good-humor jokes and memories all in support of Ronald McDonald House and Greenville Tech Foundation.

“Now in its 4th year, the Greenville Roast is one of our favorite events,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “It is such a fun evening and so many fun memories are shared between the Roasters and our Guest of Honor.”

A cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Poinsett Club with hors d’oeuvres. The dinner and roast will begin at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets can be purchased by contacting Samantha Bauer, Communications and Events Manager, at (864) 235-0506 or [email protected]. For more information on the Greenville Roast, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/greenville-roast/

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RMH 2017 Calendar

Visit our events tab for details on each of our House or Red Shoe annual fundraising events. Be sure to check back for updates or email [email protected] with any questions on how to get involved!

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Fall for Greenville Volunteers Needed

VOLUNTEER WITH US

Red Shoe Society’s largest, and arguably most enjoyable, volunteer event of the year is finally upon us! As 1 of only 9 beneficiaries of Fall for Greenville, Red Shoe members, friends and RMH supporters will volunteer our time throughout the weekend, Friday, October 14 – Sunday, October 16. 

Exciting news this year – all volunteers will receive 1 sheet of 8 tickets (gets you a beer and snack) to use during the festival! Woohoo!!

Sign up is now open (make sure to select Red Shoe Society as your affiliation) and the city has made this process very simple: 

  • If you ALREADY HAVE a volunteer account, click here to login and select your volunteer dates/times
  • If you are a NEW VOLUNTEER, click here to register. (you will then be directed to select your dates/times)

*Note that the Red Shoe Society does have the Beer Garden blocked off for Friday 4:30pm – 8pm and Saturday 1:30pm – 6pm, but you can sign up for any shift and position you like. Positions include checking IDs, distributing wristbands and tickets, and pouring beer. 

Invite your friends and coworkers to help out too – the more, the merrier! Just make sure they select Red Shoe Society as their affiliation. 

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Ashley and Al / Red Shoe Volunteer Team

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3rd Annual One Night One Shirt Campaign

Upstate Companies Support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas During Its 3rd Annual One Night One Shirt Campaign

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Aug. 26, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas hosted it 3rd annual One Night One Shirt t-shirt campaign today. Over 375 t-shirts were purchased by employees of 17 Upstate companies and organizations in support of Ronald McDonald House. The companies and organizations purchased a specially designed “One Night One Shirt” t-shirt and everyone wore the t-shirt to work to bring awareness to RMHC of the Carolinas and its mission of keeping families close to their critical ill or injured child receiving treatment at a nearby medical facility. 

RMHC of the Carolinas’ One Night One Shirt campaign also has a significant meaning for employees wearing the t-shirt. The $8 donation (on top of the cost of the t-shirt) is how much Ronald McDonald House asks each family to donate to stay per night. Of course, if a family cannot make the $8 per night donation, they are never turned away because of their in ability to pay. Due to healthcare costs and other unpredictable expenses, over 80% of Ronald McDonald House families cannot afford to pay. The One Night One Shirt Campaign allows donors to subsidize this donation for families who cannot pay.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our Upstate business community and donors,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “For this campaign our goal is to spread awareness of our services and mission. We are thrilled over 375 people will be wearing their support of RMHCC.”

RMHC of the Carolinas also partnered with the Greenville Drive for the campaign. Everyone who wears their t-shirt to the ball park tonight will receive complimentary access into the Greenville Drive baseball game vs. the Asheville Tourists at 7:00 p.m.

This year’s participating companies and organizations include Alpha Delta Pi of Furman University, Robert Half, Alliance Consulting Engineers, Swenson & Associates, Walgreens, J.B. Watts Co., Inc., McMillan Pazdan Smith, Indexx Printing, Wells Fargo, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Baldor Electric, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Sticky Fingers, Greenville Health System, Integrated Power Services, and Pope, Smith, Brown, & King, P.A.

 

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Wells Fargo Helps RMHCC “Build Hope” and Serve More Families

Wells Fargo Helps Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas “Build Hope” and Serve More Families

Gives $50,000 Towards Capital Campaign Expansion

 

GREENVILLE, S.C.  (Aug. 22, 2016) – RMHC of the Carolinas received a $50,000 gift from Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) toward its “Building Hope” Capital Campaign expansion. The gift will help RMHC of the Carolinas expand its current program of one House in Greenville to an expanded home, serving 24 total families ultimately allowing them to be nearby their critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at a medical facility.

“Wells Fargo is pleased to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas in their efforts to help with the day-to-day needs of our community’s families and children in crisis,” said Wells Fargo Upstate Market President Brian Rogers. “This helps demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the Greenville community and promoting the quality of life for everyone.” 

RMHC of the Carolinas broke ground on its $3.5 million capital campaign expansion project in April of 2016. The expansion will allow the Ronald McDonald House to double the amount of families it currently serves by adding an additional 12 guest bedrooms. The 17,500 square foot expansion will connect to the current House located at 706 Grove Road, directly across the street from Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

“We believe that when families are together, they heal better,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. “Through Wells Fargo’s gift we are one step closer to not having to turn away families due to lack of bedrooms. Their gift will be remembered for years to come and families from around the Upstate.”

“We take seriously our commitment to help families and children in crisis, and this is just one example of how our efforts make an impact in the community,” said Wells Fargo South Carolina Community Affairs Officer Susan Bankson. “It’s the small measures that add up to make a huge difference in the communities we serve.”

The expansion project has raised approximately two-thirds of the funds needed and is seeking donations to meet its $3.5 million goal. Pledges and donations can be made online at http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/ or mailed to Marti Spencer, Executive Director/CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, 706 Grove Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. For more information on the “Building Hope” Capital Campaign, please visit: http://rmhc-carolinas.org/capital-campaign/

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About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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Pictured from Left to Right: Susan Bankson-Wells Fargo, Marti Spencer-Ronald McDonald House, Kate Venuto- Ronald McDonald House, Brian Rogers-Wells Fargo.

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RMH Weekly Volunteer Update

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Hello and Happy First Day of Summer!

I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend. Our House continues to remain full and we cannot express how grateful we are for all that you do! Whether it is preparing the evening meal or helping with housecleaning, every little bit matters.

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • Upcoming Event Thursday, June 23rd: Join us at Pour Taproom THIS Thursday for Ballest Point Brewery’s Pint Night from 6pm-8pm. 15% of the event proceeds will benefit our RMH!
  • IMPORTANT: We have TWO immediate needs this week for our “Guest Chef” program, and plenty of Cookie Team Openings! Please, please let us know if you can help! J
  • IMPORTANT: Weekend Manager Needed!
    • Kristi is in search of a Weekend Manager for the first weekend in July (1st-3rd). Check out the description here and contact Kristi if you are available or interested in learning more!
  • IMPORTANT: Housekeeper Needed!
    • Our housekeeper will be out of town July 4th-5th and we need help! Our House has been full for the last few weeks with a waiting list for new families to come in once one checks out. What we need is for some assistance in cleaning these rooms when families check out and to clean our family areas (kitchen, living room, hallways, etc.). This opportunity is great for groups or individuals. Contact Kristi if you are interested!

Here are our priority needs for the next two weeks.  Let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help!

 

PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 6/20 – 7/3

MONDAY 6/20

  • Guest Chef: St. Peters Episcopal
  • Cookies from the Heart: Crystal and Madi

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/21

  • Guest Chef: Greenwood Genetics
  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/22

  • Guest Chef: Hatten Family
  • Cookies from the Heart: Socorro Castaneda

THURSDAY 6/23***

  • Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

FRIDAY 6/24

  • Guest Chef: Spinx
  • Cookies from the Heart: Dratonville Baptist

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 6/25***

  • Weekend Brunch Program: Furman Athletic Department
  • Opening for Guest Chef Program* (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 6/26

  • Guest Chef: Greer First Baptist
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THANK YOU!

MONDAY 6/27

  • Guest Chef: Kelly J.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/28

  • Guest Chef: Dinner Covered, thank you!
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/29

  • Guest Chef: Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology
  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.

THANK YOU!

THURSDAY 6/30

  • Guest Chef: Deborah Circle
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

FRIDAY 1/1

  • Guest Chef: Robyn G.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Need a Weekend Manager!

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 7/2

  • Opening for Weekend Brunch Program
  • Guest Chef: New Pilgrim Young Adults
  • Cookies from the Heart: Maria Torres G.
  • Need a Weekend Manager!

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 7/3

  • Guest Chef: Maranatha Church
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Need a Weekend Manager!
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!

 

All the best,

 

Samantha Bauer

Communications and Events Manager

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RMH Weekly Volunteer Update!

Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Happy (almost) Father’s Day to all of you amazing dad’s out there!!

LOOKING AHEAD:

  • We do ONE immediate need this week for our “Guest Chef” program, and plenty of Cookie Team Openings!
  • Kristi is in search of a Weekend Manager for the first weekend in July (1st-3rd). Check out the description here and contact Kristi if you are available or interested in learning more!
  • Are you an expert cleaner? Our housekeeper will be out of town July 4th-5th and we need help! Our House has been full for the last few weeks with a waiting list for new families to come in once one checks out. What we need is for some assistance in cleaning these rooms when families check out and to clean our family areas (kitchen, living room, hallways, etc.). This opportunity is great for groups or individuals. Contact Kristi if you are interested!

Here are our priority needs for the next two weeks.  Let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help!

 

PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 6/13 – 6/26

MONDAY 6/13

  • Guest Chef: MaryAnn S.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/14

  • Guest Chef: Kate and Ken B.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/15

  • Guest Chef: First Rock Church
  • Cookies from the Heart: Tara S.

THANK YOU!

THURSDAY 6/16

  • Guest Chef: Group B Kowalk
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

FRIDAY 6/17

  • Guest Chef: Greenville Tech Culinary Institute
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 6/18

  • Guest Chef: Josh and Maria P.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 6/19

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

  • Guest Chef: GBF Melanie S.
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THANK YOU!

MONDAY 6/20

  • Guest Chef: St. Peters Episcopal
  • Cookies from the Heart: Crystal and Madi

THANK YOU!

TUESDAY 6/21

  • Cookies from the Heart: Bernadette W.
  • Guest Chef: Greenwood Genetics

THANK YOU!

WEDNESDAY 6/22

  • Guest Chef: Hatten Family
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THURSDAY 6/23***

  • Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart

FRIDAY 6/24

  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • Guest Chef: Spinx

THANK YOU!

SATURDAY 6/25

  • Guest Chef: Kathryn Costa
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

THANK YOU!

SUNDAY 6/26

  • Guest Chef: Greer First Baptist
  • Opening for Cookies from the Heart
  • House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THANK YOU!

Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!

All the best,

Samantha
Samantha Bauer
Communications and Events Manager
Direct: (864) 272-019

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Weekly Volunteer Update/Needs

Happy Tuesday!

I hope you had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend with friends and family. As you know, Kaitlin (our Volunteer Coordinator) has moved to D.C. and we could not be happier for her in this new chapter of her life. By now most of you have met Kristi Ayala, Director of Operations here at our House. If not – she can’t wait to meet you! Kristi will be your volunteer contact moving forward with the rest of our RMH team here to help or answer questions whenever you need us! You all are so very special to us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, feedback or positive notes. We love hearing from each of you! 🙂 

Looking ahead, we have a number of opportunities for you to get involved at our House this summer. Huge thank you to those listed below! Here are our priority needs for the next 2 weeks.  Again, we have quite a few openings, so please let Kristi know if you or someone you know are interested/available to help! Cooking a meal or baking not your thing? Check out our monthly wish list here or contact us with any ideas you may have. We have various event needs throughout the year, too!

PRIORITY NEEDS FOR for 5/31 – 6/12

MONDAY 5/30

Happy Memorial Day!!!

TUESDAY 5/31

      Guest Chef: TD Bank  

WEDNESDAY 6/1

      Cookies: Kathy K.

      Guest Chef: GameStop

THURSDAY 6/2

      Cookies: Angela L.

      Guest Chef: Sophia B.

FRIDAY 6/3

      Guest Chef: Robyn G.

      Opening for Cookies from the heart

      House Volunteer Opening

SATURDAY 6/4

      Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SUNDAY 6/5

      Guest Chef: Maranatha Church

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

MONDAY 6/6

      Guest Chef: Serving Hearts  

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

TUESDAY 6/7

      Cookies: Walker Family 

      Guest Chef: McDonald’s Asheville  

WEDNESDAY 6/8

      Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

THURSDAY 6/9

      Opening for Guest Chef Program (pizza and catered meals gladly accepted)

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

FRIDAY 6/10

      Guest Chef: St. Peters

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening

SATURDAY 6/11

      Guest Chef: Jessica L. 

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

SUNDAY 6/12

      Guest Chef: McCarter Church

      Opening for Cookies from the Heart

      House Volunteer Opening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

I would love to add to this weekly email the meal being prepared and/or the type of cookie you plan to bake, if you know it ahead of time, so that other volunteer groups can see what the families have had recently. Be creative!!

Reminder to email or call Kristi ([email protected] / 864-235-0506) if you can help to fill in any of these holes. We look forward to having you at the House soon! Thank you so very much for all that you do!!!

 

All the best,

Samantha Bauer

Communications and Events Manager

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas

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Summer Internship

Join Our Team This Summer!

Position: Development and Events Intern

Stipend: Unpaid Internship
Dates of Position : 3 month minimum – 6 months maximum
Time Commitment: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 15 hours a week minimum. Hours 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Supervisors: Kate Venuto, Director of Development & Marketing and Samantha Bauer, Communications & Events Manager

Job Purpose
Assist the Development and Marketing Director and Events and Communications Manager in all operational and event planning tasks needed to plan and implement successful fundraising events.

Duties:

  • Assist in correspondence with and relationship building of donors, volunteers and supporters
  • Track and manage data in House donor and volunteer database
  • Aid in research and further development of prospective supporters and sponsors
  • Compose correspondence that will be sent via mail, e-mail and social media to a variety of audiences
  • Assist with development and execution of the House’s silent auction for the House’s largest fundraiser, the McGala.
  • Create lists and generate reports for fundraising and event planning purposes.

Skills and Experience:

  • Desire to work in the non-profit industry, with an overall passion for helping others
  • Thorough and detailed expertise with written and verbal communications
  • Proficiency in Microsoft programs specifically Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of HTML and working with WordPress is a plus
  • Developed organizational skills and great attention to details
  • Able to manage multiple activities at one time and work in a fast-paced environment showing self-initiative

Click here to apply!

Spring Interns 2016

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