The Read for the House Program, presented by Advantage Auto Tags & Insurance and Newtown Insurance Professionals, is a service-learning project for children of any age that raises funds to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. Anyone can participate, whether your school or organization is involved, or you are a friend of the House participating on your own. In addition to helping our guest families, the program promotes the value of community service, encourages reading, and allows participants to engage with educational programming on the Read for the House website. This year, the program will be completely online, with personal fundraising websites and electronic materials provided to each reader.
JANUARY 2022: Readers watch our online video to learn about the program, create their personal fundraising pages,and seek sponsors to pledge any amount of money for each minute they read during February.
FEBRUARY 2022: Reading begins on February 1! Readers keep track of how many minutes they read using the calendar we provide. All month, they can engage with educational programming on this website. (Check back for updates!) Teachers can use this content for their lessons, too!
MARCH 2022: Readers reach out to their sponsors and collect their donations through their online fundraising page. They can feel good knowing every dollar they raised directly helps families in need!
Readers will earn prizes! Not only will they have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping families when they need it the most, but readers can also earn fun prizes based on their fundraising totals! Prizes will be added to this website in the coming months.
If you have any questions about the Read for the House program, contact:
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Our two Ronald McDonald Houses provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals, and social services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care. Our three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms extend the support of our Houses into the hospital setting and offer a quiet respite space for families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Ronald McDonald Camp is a week-long overnight camp for children with cancer and their siblings held in the Pocono Mountains every August. Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operated in partnership with St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, provides comprehensive and continuous oral healthcare to children in North Philadelphia. Proceeds from donations made at local McDonald’s restaurants and support from the McDonald’s system make up less than 10% of our annual revenue. The remainder of our multi-million dollar budget is generated through the generosity of corporations, individuals, and foundations. It costs the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region $131 a night per family to provide housing and supportive services; however, families are only asked to contribute $15 per night. Further, no one is ever turned away due to inability to pay and the House waives approximately half the nightly fees annually.