For over 40 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has helped families when they need it most. RMHC Charleston’s mission is to “create compassionate environments and programs that provide families with the best chance of success in caring for their child with complex medical needs.” We are proud to recognize Ronald McDonald House Charities: Charleston on being selected as the February winner of Chugach’s 12 Months of Giving, nominated by John Visbaras, Program Manager, and Phyllis Williamson, Subject Matter Expert at Chugach Government Solutions, LLC.

Since its opening in 1983, RMHC Charleston’s goal is to keep families with children who are suffering from an illness together and close by essential resources. They offer families a comfortable place to stay near hospitals and provide them with daily hot meals daily. In addition, RMHC raises funds for families to eliminate the financial burden families may experience when caring for a sick child.

John Visbaras shared of RMHC Charleston “Each of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. Having cared for my mother for the better part of three years before she passed away, I can relate to the time, effort, and emotional and spiritual strains of providing care for a loved one with cancer.” Visbaras continued “In my opinion, there may not be a greater family burden than trying to comfort and heal a sick child.”

Phyllis Williamson, who submitted a second nomination for the RMHC Charleston shared “RMHC Charleston’s mission is important because they do so much for families in need and provide them with a place to stay and meals all within walking distance of MUSC Children’s Hospital. I have previously participated in volunteer work at the RMHC before, and by dedicating my time to helping these families, I feel a sense of community and feel like I am creating meaningful value, two of Chugach’s Core Behaviors. This organization eliminates the financial burden that can be put on families whose child requires an extended stay in the hospital. Rather than focusing on the financial strain and impact, families can focus their full attention on their child, as it should be.”

Thank you to John Visbaras and Phyllis Williamson for nominating the Ronald McDonald House Charities: Charleston for the 12 Months of Giving campaign. We are proud to recognize and support such an impactful organization that supports and provides for families in their time of need. The Ronald McDonald House Charities: Charleston will receive a $1,000 donation as part of the Chugach 12 Months of Giving program.

To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House Charities: Charleston, click here. Individual donations to this foundation can be made here. Nominations for the Chugach 12 Months of Giving campaign are still happening! To nominate an organization that is special to you, click here and take a few minutes to describe how this organization is having an impact on the community.

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