Our Story

Ronald McDonald House Charities has been McDonald's Charity of Choice for more than 40 years. 

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, but McDonald's is our largest corporate donor. McDonald's restaurants are a significant partner in the development of all Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters around the world.  Portions of the annual operating costs for RMHC-NEO are graciously funded by McDonald's and local McDonald's Owner/Operators. The remainder of our annual operating income comes from the generosity of individual and corporate donors. 

McDonald’s involvement extends beyond monetary support:

*  Franchises partner with local RMHC Chapters for promotional and fundraising events.

*  McDonald’s employees are dedicated volunteers.

*  Owner/operators participate in local and global RMHC boards.

RMHC Donation Boxes placed in restaurants are the largest source of ongoing fundraising. McDonald's Owner/Operators graciously allow RMHC to place these donation boxes in the drive thru and on the front counter of their restaurants which makes it easy for the community to support families in Northeast Ohio.

*  In-restaurant sales of USA Today are all donated to RMHC-NEO.

*  The sale of every Happy Meal at your local McDonald's benefits RMHC 365 days a year!

Although McDonald’s is our largest corporate donor, no company can solely fund our programs and our projected growth. We need the support of the entire community and greatly value any support you can afford, whether it’s through cash donations, your time or fundraising efforts.  To make a donation, click HERE.

Our local McDonald’s owner/operators wholeheartedly support RMHC, RMH & RMCM by personally providing financial, volunteer and in-kind product support. Various fundraising activities happen inside and outside their McDonald's restaurants. One such activity includes the placement of donation boxes in each restaurant, .

A local Board of Directors oversees RMHC-NEO and includes McDonald's Owner/Operators as well as members of the medical community, business and civic leaders, parent/volunteers, and representatives from the Ronald McDonald Houses of Akron and Cleveland.

Our History

Ronald McDonald Children's Charities was created in 1984 in memory of McDonald's founder, Ray A. Kroc.  Mr. Kroc practiced what he preached -- he shared his business and personal financial success with others. That philosophy has characterized McDonald's community commitment throughout its more than 30-year history. Northeastern Ohio McDonald's Owner/Operators continued Mr. Kroc's tradition by establishing a local chapter in 1987. In 1996, Ronald McDonald Children's Charities combined its tremendous success with that of the Ronald McDonald Houses in Akron and Cleveland to form Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc. (RMHC-NEO).

Our Board of Directors

Chuck Galloway, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Vice Chair/Treasurer:  Susie Stames, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Secretary: Lea Heidman, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Chairman Emeritus:  Allen D. Smith, McDonald's Owner/Operator

Board Members:
Trina J. Bediako, Community Representative
Nick Fanous, Community Representative
Carla Hempstead, Community Representative
Judy Hubbard, RMH-Cleveland Representative
Casey Hughes, RMH-Akron Board President
Robert J. Jursich, Jr., McDonald's Owner/Operator
Vickie Lewis, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Barb Malafarina, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Linda Pollack, Community Representative
Heather Jalbert, RMH-Akron Representative
Bobbie Watson, RMH-Cleveland Representative

Advisory Committee:
Gloria Abrams, Community Representative
Tim Brown, Owner, New Horizon's Baking Company
Sal Baglieri, McDonald's Owner/Operator
Rosie Perez, Community Representative
Turan Strange, McDonald's Owner/Operator



Too many Northeast Ohio children’s lives are being affected by tooth decay. Their school work suffers, they don’t eat properly and they won’t smile because they’re embarrassed about their teeth. All the fun things about being a child just aren’t fun anymore.

Even more troubling is that long term, if untreated, tooth decay and dental problems can lead to other more serious health concerns. Far too many children are not getting access to basic dental services and ultimately, hospitalization is required to remedy serious, yet preventable conditions. For an increasing number of Northeast Ohio children, inadequate dental hygiene and its consequences are a daily reality. 

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in partnership with University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital provides dental service to children ages 3 to 12 in underserved areas of Northeastern Ohio.  To learn more, click HERE.

 Ronald McDonald House of Akron, Inc.


Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc.


Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. Often, it can be a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support. 

Ronald McDonald House programs provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost.  Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. 

Please visit one of the links above to learn more about the two Ronald McDonald Houses located in Northeast Ohio.