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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We’re Hiring!

Join Our Team

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas (RMHCC) is a home away from home for families of critically ill or injured children receiving treatment in a local hospital in Greenville, S.C.  It is our mission to keep families close, while providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most.  We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year—making sure we are always here to help a family in need.  To continue to serve as many families as possible, we need your help!  We are currently in need of an Intern to assist with the Development and Events this fall and spring semesters.

Email [email protected] for these documents emailed directly to your inbox!

Volunteer Services Coordinator (Full Time) – Position Filled! 

Responsible for the recruitment, engagement, record keeping, retention and recognition of volunteers providing service at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Carolinas in addition to managing the RMHC of the Carolinas’ silent auction within its two largest fundraising events.

Thank you to all of the applicants! We had an overwhelming response and are thrilled to announce our newest team member soon. Stay tuned! 

Development and Events Fall and/or Spring 2017 Internship

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. Learn more about this opportunity here!

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BMW Charity Pro-Am

BMW Charity Pro-Am Volunteer Opportunities, May 15-21, 2017

Earn $20 each day you volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas at the 2017 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation

Volunteering at the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation comes with many benefits. You can get up close to Web.com Tour pros and celebrities and be a part of a professional sporting event right here in the Upstate. It’s fun, even for those who don’t know anything about the game of golf.

It’s also a great way to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas! For each day you volunteer you earn $20 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, allowing us to provide a home for critically ill or injured children and their families, providing hope, encouragement and comfort when they need it most.

Registration is now OPEN at www.bmwusfactory.com/charity-golf/. Online registration closes May 8. After May 8, you can register via paper application, which will be available on the site above. Positions are filled on a first come first serve basis, so we strongly encourage early bird registration! Make sure you designate us as your charity  of choice during the registration process.

Volunteer registration is $40 and includes your volunteer uniform, meals while volunteering, credentials for you and a guest to attend the tournament when you aren’t working and more! We hope you can join the RMHC volunteer team – we can’t wait to see you on one of the three amazing courses.

For more information about this opportunity contact Rose Woelker, our House Volunteer Services Coordinator at [email protected].

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Suzuki Practice-A-Thon

Kids Helping Kids

The Upstate Suzuki Studios held a Practice-A-Thon in the lobby at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, March 19th, 2017. These talented kids raised over $3,000 for our House, all while playing sweet and beautiful tunes to the patients, families, friends, staff and volunteers at GHS. Thank you for helping to keep families close in our Ronald McDonald Family Room and at our House! What a wonderful day!

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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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Board of Directors Appoints New Chairman, Chair Elect and Treasurer

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas
Board of Directors Appoints New Chairman, Chair Elect and Treasurer Elects Three New Board Members

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 26, 2017) – Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Carolinas is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Melzer as Chairman, Larry Webb as Chair Elect and Ashleigh Sutter as Treasurer. Melzer is the Vice President of Purchasing/IT for Integrated Power Systems, Webb is Principal at KDS Commercial Properties and Sutter is a CPA and Senior Manager at Elliott Davis Decosimo. Melzer, Webb and Sutter will serve two year terms. Three new board members include James Partridge, McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Dr. Michael Stewart, Medical Director of the Neonatal ICU, Clinical Assistant Professor with Greenville Health System and Vicki Peek, Chief Operating Officer with Find Great People.

“We are thrilled to welcome James, Michael, and Vicki as new Board members, Ashleigh as our Treasurer, Scott as our Chairman and Larry as our Chair Elect,” said Marti Spencer, CEO/Executive Director of RMHC of the Carolinas. “These individuals all bring a different perspective to our mission and possess great knowledge in their industries, which will ultimately help us reach our goals. In the midst of our capital campaign, it is important we utilize our community leaders’ skills and talents to complete our expansion and serve more families in need.”

The Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, business, academic and volunteer communities of the Upstate. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the House as well as it is to raise awareness of the House’s services to the surrounding communities.

 

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Volunteer Spotlight

September RMH Volunteer Spotlight

 

Meet Beth Ball Granger, Family Room Volunteer and friend of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas. Beth joined our RMH family as a Board Member when she was the Director of Child Life Services at Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital. She acted as a liaison between the House and the Hospital while providing expertise in making necessary improvements in our Ronald McDonald Family Room.

After 37 years at GHS, Beth retired from her position in child life services and became a dedicated volunteer and advocate for our Ronald McDonald Family Room, providing a wealth of support and empathy for the children and families who come through our doors each day.

Beth is enjoying retirement with her husband of 5 years Greg. In her spare time, she is very active member of her church serving senior lunches, plays golf, bridge, cooks and shags (the very popular southern style dance). She can also be found loving on her sweet grandchildren and many friends who she considers “family!”

Her favorite motto is: “People may forget what you say, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” The truth to be learned from this is remembering the impact you can make by the combination of your presence, attitude and behavior. Thank you, Beth, for being a loyal friend and volunteer for families and children over the many years. You are the epitome of your own motto!

Want to get involved? Contact us today to learn more: 864-235-0506.

 

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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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