In 2000, we expanded our reach and embraced a Community Grants program. Each year the Board evaluates opportunities to partner with other non-profit organizations in improving the health and education of Mississippi’s children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi has awarded a total of $450,000 to fund twenty projects across the state. These projects have had an impact on over 200,000 children and families.
2015-2016 Community Grants
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi Board of Directors is pleased to partner with three agencies in improving the well-being of children across the state of Mississippi. Financial support totaling $26,860 has been awarded for the 2015-2016 project year.
Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Foundation
- Mississippi’s First Breast Milk Collection Center — Funding for this project gives babies hospitalized within the neonatal intensive care unit immediate accessibility to breast milk.
MS SIDS & Infant Safety Alliance
- Cribs for Kids & Baby Basics — Funding of this statewide project provides cribs and basic supplies for infants which help lower Mississippi’s infant mortality rate.
Children’s of Mississippi
- Safe Sleep and Child Safety Education — This stateside project educates at-risk mothers in basic infant care and safety, as well as provides equipment and supplies to implement newly-learned knowledge. A baby shower inspired setting offers a unique environment for learning.
Pictured are (l to r) Dave Estorge, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Foundation, Inc.; Leslie Threadgill, MS SIDS & Infant Safety Alliance; Elizabeth Foster, Safety & Community Outreach, Children’s of Mississippi; Jennifer Stephen, Safety & Community Outreach, Children’s of Mississippi; Mary Katherine Mangum, President of Board of Directors of RMHC Mississippi; Kenya Rachal, Chairwoman of Community Grants Committee, RMHC Mississippi.
Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Community Grants recipients.
Past Grants in Action
Willowood Developmental Center — Multi-Sensory Learning Lab
Friends of Children’s Hospital — Family Consultation Room
University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast — Toy Library & Technology Learning Center for Vision Impaired
Joyner Elementary School PTA — Outdoor Environmental Classroom
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science — Kid Zone Playground
RMHC of Mississippi — Resource Library
Spina Bifida Association of Mississippi — Automobile Access for Children & Young Adults
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Batson Children’s Hospital — Resource Rooms, Family Resource Book, Child Development Institute, and Blair Bears
Delta Regional Medical Center — Sensory Integration Center
100 Black Men of Jackson, Inc. — Excel Lanier
CATCH Kids, Inc. — Medical and Dental Care Program
Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center — Electronic Health Records System
Light on a Hill Foundation — Playground
Mississippi Children’s Museum — Birthday Room
Mississippi State Department of Health — Safe Sleep for Your Baby