Our History

At Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC, we owe our continued success to the tireless work of volunteers and the countless contributions from our donors.

1974
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The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia with the help of Dr. Audrey Evans, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

1978
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With the active support of the Greater Washington Advertising Cooperative of the McDonald’s Corporation, our cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, was launched and incorporated as a non-profit, volunteer organization.

1980
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The original Ronald McDonald House® of Washington, DC opened its doors in June of 1980, and was the sixteenth RMH to open nationwide in the six years since the program began.

1994
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The first Ronald McDonald Family Room® (RMFR) opened in Children’s National Hospital

1995
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RMH merged with Ronald McDonald House Charities to become Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC).

1998
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RMHCDC opened its second Ronald McDonald House in Northern Virginia.

2003
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RMHCDC puts the first KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile on the road in Washington, D.C. District Wards 5-8.

2006
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A Capital Campaign was launched to raise funds to build a larger RMH located on 14th Street NE.

2011
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RMHCDC unveiled a brand new Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC with 25 rooms, including 4 isolation suites for children with compromised immune systems. The new RMH was built “green” and certified as LEED Gold to benefit our families and the community for generations to come.

2013
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RMHCDC opened a larger, newly renovated Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s National Hospital to include a full-size kitchen, Laundry room, staff and programs for families.

2015
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RMHCDC unveiled a new KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

2016
Inova 8th floor Family Room

RMHCDC opened a new Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children’s Hospital with a sitting area, computer bays, and kitchenette. This new RMFR meets families and kids where they are by taking the Hospitality a la Carte with snacks, toys, books, blankets, and toiletries around the floor and to the bedside of the most sick kids.

2017
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Our second Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Launched with a focus on the FITNESS Program (Fun In Teaching Nutrition and Exercise to Successful Students). Partnering with local schools in DC, this second mobile unit delivers a curriculum focusing on healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to students in grades K-8.

2018
Inova 10th floor Family Room

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children’s Hospital expanded service to two Family Rooms, extending our reach to multiple floors.

2020
DC House Guest Room

RMHCDC begins renovating both Ronald McDonald House programs to increase bedrooms at the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia from 8 guest rooms to 24 guest rooms, and the Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC from 26 to 32 guest rooms.