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Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville

Address 300 9th St., SW
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Phone (434) 295-1885
Website http://www.rmhcharlottesville.org/
Primary Contact Rita Ralston
Primary Email rralston@rmhcharlottesville.org
Executive Director Rita Ralston
Primary Focus Area Children/Youth (non-education)
Service Areas
  • International

Mission Statement

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville, Inc. creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville exist to provide low-cost lodging for out-of-town families of children receiving treatment for serious medical conditions at local hospitals.


The House offers an affordable, calm, comfortable haven – a home away from home – for its guests. For exhausted parents, who are already stressed by the illness of their child, it is a place where families can relax, eat together, and find support from parents who are in similar situations. Typically, the House hosts between 800 to 1,000 family stays each year, where a “stay” can be for one night or up to many, many months.

The House provides bedrooms for 19 different families and runs at full occupancy most nights. It provides a fully equipped communal kitchen, play room, wi-fi, a library (new in 2016), a large hearth room for dining and socializing, and a laundry room with all needed supplies. The House is staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. As part of its mission the House seeks volunteer partners in the community to provide meals and pantry items for the families so they do not need to worry about food. And, as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, the House looks to individuals, organizations, and businesses for donations to support its overall operations.

Key Programs

Program 1
Title:Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville
Description:To provide lodging, meals, and encouragement for pediatric patients and/or their families while the child is receiving intensive medical treatment at local hospitals.
Examples of Program Success:We have numerous parent testimonies advising us of the difference the House made for them during their time of need.
Total Program Budget:$663,539
Program 2
Title:Ronald McDonald House of Charlottesville Grant-Making Program
Description:Once each year the House opens the window for grant applications from other non-profits in the area who seek funding for small programs/projects.
Examples of Program Success:The Grant Making Program has supported many other non-profits. It is a perfect example of non-profits working to buoy each other.
Total Program Budget:Approximately $7,500 per year

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1