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Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) Makes it Easy for Supporters to Give Back Through Its '30 Ways in 30 Days' Campaign
Date:4/1/2009

Charity Helps the Public Take Action During Volunteer Month and Year Round

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of National Volunteer Month, Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) is encouraging people to give back to their communities through the Charity's "30 Ways in 30 Days" Campaign. Starting in April, people can visit rmhc.org to get daily inspiration on ways to give back, reminding them that by volunteering they give families one of the biggest gifts of all - more time together while their children are being treated for serious illnesses.

"RMHC wouldn't be able to serve millions of children each year if it weren't for its strong network of volunteers," said Linda Dunham, chairperson of the Global Board of Trustees for RMHC. "More than 30,000 volunteers donate millions of hours, saving the Charity nearly $2 million annually. And, most importantly they enable us to help more than 10,000 families every day. This April, we're celebrating their contributions and making it easier than ever before for people to join our Friends of RMHC volunteer network and give the gift of time."

The "30 Ways in 30 Days" campaign kicks off a new partnership with VolunteerMatch. Through the partnership, visitors to rmhc.org can now search for volunteer opportunities at local RMHC chapters, and chapters can use www.volunteermatch.org to recruit from VolunteerMatch's network of volunteers, the Web's largest of its kind. In addition, RMHC will shine the spotlight on volunteers through a new online community powered by Facebook Connect on the Charity's Web site that provides a forum for people to share their personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the "30 Ways in 30 Days" tips on how they can lend a helping hand this April and year round.

Some of the simple volunteer tips included in the "30 Ways in 30 Days" campaign include:

  • Prepare and serve a home-cooked meal for families staying at a local Ronald McDonald House(R)
  • Help a local RMHC Chapter with a golf tournament, auction, gala or fundraising event to raise awareness for the Charity
  • Stuff backpacks with school supplies for children visiting a local Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R)
  • Answer phones, greet visitors or do light office work at a local Ronald McDonald House or Ronald McDonald Family Room(R)
  • Host a pizza party, ice cream social, or popcorn and movie night at a local Ronald McDonald House
  • Donate at rmhc.org or drop off spare change in a RMHC Donation Box at a local participating McDonald's(R) restaurant

To reach even more people, RMHC will feature a real life volunteer story in a full-page USA Today print advertisement. The ad celebrates the personal story of Chris Nehls, a childhood cancer survivor who relied on the service of his local Ronald McDonald House and has given his time to RMHC to help others in need.

More information about how to get involved with a local RMHC Chapter is available at www.rmhc.org/volunteer.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most - right in their own communities. RMHC(R) makes an immediate, positive impact on children's lives through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House(R), Ronald McDonald Family Room(R) and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R). These programs provide a bridge to accessible health care and allow families more time together, which help in the healing process. RMHC and its global network of local Chapters also have awarded more than $460 million in grants and program services to children's programs around the world. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org.

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is the Web's largest and most popular volunteer network, and is committed to strengthening communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Its award-winning online service, www.volunteermatch.org helps visitors find local volunteer opportunities by location, interest area, and/or keyword. The VolunteerMatch network welcomed more than 10 million visitors in 2008, including millions of participants in employee volunteer programs, and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for more than 63,000 nonprofits.

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    For more information, contact:
    Jennifer Smith, RMHC
    (630) 623-6875 or jennifer.smith@us.mcd.com

    Jenina Nunez, GolinHarris
    (312) 729-4461 or jnunez@golinharris.com


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