In This Together:
Organizations Thank RMHC of NC for Grants That Will Serve Children
During the month of August, Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina had the incredible opportunity to present five organizations across the state with grants totaling $75,000. Here are some of their stories:
On August 16th, RMHC of NC presented Kidznotes with a $10,000 grant to support the expansion of the music program in Durham, which benefits low income children and schools.
For years, Kidznotes has partnered with 11 Title 1 schools in East Durham and Southeast Raleigh developing the students’ skills that are critical for success in school and adulthood, including accountability, teamwork, focus and so much more. Through Kidznotes, these students receive rigorous training for 10 hours weekly by instructors trained in the El Sistema methodology and approach.
“Currently our program serves more than 500 kids,” said Nick Malinowski, Kidznotes Executive Director. “This grant will certainly support the expansion of our program and our goal to change lives through music. As we grow, Kidznotes is committed to serving Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s students from pre-kindergarten through high-school.”
Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center
On August 17th, RMHC of NC presented the Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center (DCCDC) with a $20,000 grant to go toward its playground renovation project. The center’s playground has not been updated in more than 30 years.
For decades, the DCCDC has been a fundamental organization in the North Mecklenburg community providing high-quality, affordable early education and care for any child in the community, regardless of race and economic background. About 40-50% of the center’s children receive scholarship support.
“This money is so important to our facility and the care we give our children,” said Executive Director Anna Eaton Washington. “Not only will this money help us make much needed repairs to our 30-year-old playground, it will help us carry on our mission as a 5-star rated facility that the community depends on.”
Support Military Spouses
On August 16th, RMHC of NC presented Support Military Spouses with a $15,000 grant to help fund the Littlest Heroes Care Package Program, which takes places during the Christmas holiday season. Thousands of children in North Carolina will receive a special holiday gift while one, and sometimes both, of their parents are deployed.
Support Military Spouses was started by husband and wife team Rev. Steve and Diane Rumley in 2009, to provide services such as Job Skills Training, Military Spouse Job Fairs, Money Management Workshops along with the Littlest Heroes Care Package Program to military families.
“Support Military Spouses has filled a need in our community by supporting our Fayetteville military spouses all year long, particularly during the holidays,” said Lisa Powell, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “The family’s sacrifices allow their loved ones to serve overseas and protect our country, and this grant allows us to say thank you for those sacrifices.”
Fall Community Grants
RMHC of NC is currently accepting applications from organizations who would like to be considered for community grants this fall. If you know of an organization who could benefit, visit RMHC of NC’s website for more information. The deadline to apply is September 30th.
N.C. Ronald McDonald Houses: 2017 Impact
The Ronald McDonald House is more than just a house, it’s a home. Every day of the year, the seven Houses across the state of North Carolina provide shelter and comfort for hundreds of families.
Throughout the course of 2017, our local Houses have served sick children and their families from 98 counties in North Carolina.
September 22nd: The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC is hosting its 7th Annual Character Breakfast. This event is a great way for the community to have some fun while supporting the families that stay at the House. Guests will enjoy a McDonald’s pancake breakfast, a character parade, face painting, carnival games, and more. You can find more information at this link.
September 22nd: A whole new world awaits at the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte’s 4th Annual Storybook Ball! This Aladdin-themed gala will be the House’s most momentous event of the year, featuring a live auction, dinner and dancing. For more information on tickets, visit the House’s website.
October 20th: Friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem will help celebrate the House’s 9th Annual Character Breakfast. The event will feature favorite princesses, superheroes and storybook characters. For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, visit the House’s website.
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