ΑΔΠ and The Ronald McDonald House Charities
The commitment to the Alpha Delta Pi International philanthropy, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, was made at Grand Convention in 1979 and continues today. Since the first Ronald McDonald House was built in 1974, the charity has expanded to more than 300 facilities located in 52 countries and regions. Their goal is to provide a “home away from home” for children suffering from serious illnesses and their families. The Nashville Alpha Delta Pi Alumnae Association is committed to supporting our local Nashville Ronald McDonald House, pictured below.
The Ronald McDonald House allows families to have a place to stay, regardless of their ability to pay, relying on charitable donations, volunteers and fundraising. One of the most successful community-wide fundraisers is the Pull Tab Fundraising Program (“pop tabs”), which raises over $10,000 per year in Nashville. There are many events and benefits sponsored by the Nashville Ronald McDonald House as well as telethon fundraiser in the spring.
The house is always in need of items to stock the laundry facilities, kitchen, and guest rooms. Here is a list of house needs if you are interested in making a donation. In addition to housing facilities, the Ronald McDonald House Charities have family rooms in health care facilities to provide families a quiet respite from corridors and waiting rooms. The family room in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt serves approximately 3,500 visitors per month, even if they are not staying at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House. If you would like to make a donation, here is their family room wish list.