What We Do

Ronald McDonald House®

The Ronald McDonald House of Hershey keeps children and families together by providing temporary housing to out-of-town families of seriously ill children who are being treated at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

Many families travel quite a distance to seek treatment for their seriously ill or injured children at Penn State Children’s Hospital. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. Our House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine.

The Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can be right by their children. The generosity of volunteers and donors make our House possible. It’s their kindness that allows our families to stay, free of charge. Want to help? Learn how to get involved.

Ronald McDonald Family Room®

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is located within the Children’s Hospital and offers a comfortable setting for families of pediatric patients. The living area converts into sleeping space at night for family members with children so ill that leaving the hospital for any reason is not an option. It also serves those who live too close to be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Services are provided at no cost to families.

Services for Families

When families walk into Ronald McDonald Family Room, we want them to forget they’re in a hospital. Our Family Room is located on the 7th floor, just off the south elevator, in the main hospital. It is just steps away from the NICU, NCCU, and PPCU units and also available to families in the Children’s Hospital.

  • Living room area – relax or sleep
  • Kitchen and dining area with a microwave and refrigerator
  • Shower and personal care items
  • Laundry facilities, including washers, dryers and laundry detergent
  • A seating area with television and computer access
  • Kitchen area, microwave, snacks and beverages

We also support the family lounges, located just off the 3rd and 4th floor elevators at Penn State Children’s Hospital by providing volunteer support, snacks and beverages. Our cheerful Hospitality Cart, donated by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, offers refreshments, snacks, arts & crafts, fruit, personal care items and much more. Please view our Wish List if you’d like to donate items for families of pediatric patients.