Where We Serve

.0_1280_720The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA® is one of an international network of over 300 Houses that have opened since the first House was established in Philadelphia in 1974. The non-profit corporation, Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA® was founded for the sole purpose of building and operating our House. Serving on the Board of Directors are representatives of the Junior League of Springfield, area McDonald’s® owners/operators, medical personnel, concerned parents and community volunteers.
The first Ronald McDonald House opened Oct. 15, 1974, in Philadelphia as a result of then Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Fred Hill. Hill’s daughter, Kim, had leukemia. To be near their daughter during her treatment, Hill and his wife, Fran, slept on hospital chairs, floors, and couches. They noticed many other parents doing the same. Already committed to raising money for cancer research, the Eagles shifted gears and decided to do something to help other families experiencing the same emotional and financial traumas the Hill family faced. Ultimately, the discussion led to a joint fund-raising effort by the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia area McDonald’s restaurants. The resulting funds raised were used to purchase and renovate the first Ronald McDonald House.
In 1984, five members of the Junior League of Springfield researched and documented the need for a Ronald McDonald House to service pediatric needs, particularly at Baystate Medical Center and The Shriner’s Hospital. Unbeknownst to the Springfield Junior League, a Monson woman, Sandra Crowley, a mother of two, had started a petition drive to bring a Ronald McDonald House to Springfield. When Crowley and the Junior League became aware of each other’s efforts, they joined forces.

When children are sick and being treated at Springfield area medical facilities, the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA® is a welcome “home away from home” for children and their families. A dedicated group of volunteers assist a full time House manager to sustain the House. Families have the privacy of their own bedroom and bath and communal support of dining and recreation facilities. All the comforts of home.


Current Needs:
Tomato sauce
Tuna fish
Dried Herbs & Spices
Seasoning (All purpose)
Pancake and waffle mix
Pancake syrup
Salt & Pepper
Canned spaghetti, beefaroni, ravioli
Nestle Quick (chocolate, strawberry)
Fruit cocktail
Canned sausage
Canned spam / corned beef
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Cheez Whiz
Cooking oil
Medium grain rice
Large bowls
Baking pans (cookie sheets, etc.)
Serving spoons & forks (for nonstick cookware)
Sharp knives
Hand can openers
Plastic cutlery
Paper plates (Coronet, foam)
Dishwasher detergent
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Pillows (hypoallergenic)
Handiwipes (disposable)
Storage Containers (disposable)
Coloring Books (children & adults)
Games and gifts for teenagers
Video games
Gift cards for department stores (used for gifts for our teens on their birthdays)
Paper clips
Postage stamps
International Telephone calling cards
40 & 100 watt light bulbs
Disinfectant (Lysol spray, etc.)
Kitchen trash bags
Trash bags (33 gal.)
Sponges / S.O.S. pads
Dish detergent
Furniture polish
Windex (window cleaner)
White flat & fitted sheets (twin size)
Large white towels (24″ x 50″)
and white washcloths

If you would like to donate any of these items, please email Skochii Bennett-Polchlopek at skochii@rmhc-wma.org or call her at (413) 794-5683 to arrange a time to drop them off at the House or visit them online @ www.rmhc-ctma.org today!