The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in the Ozarks. Our first priority is to provide a "home away from home" for families when their seriously-ill or injured child is in a hospital far from home. Since 1988 our cornerstone project, the Ronald McDonald House®, has embraced more than 8,277 families during a time of unspeakable hardship.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, fondly known as the "Tooth Truck™", provides dental treatment and prevention education for at-risk children, primarily in school-based settings. A joint project between RMHC of the Ozarks and The Tooth Truck, Inc., the program has provided over 36,684 dental appointments for more than 14,547 children, in over ten years of operation, which is valued at nearly $8.5 million! In October 2011, the Tooth Truck successfully launched a pilot in-school tooth-brushing program at the Early Childhood Shining Stars Center of Springfield Public Schools. The program has now grown to include 380 students enrolled in the Early Childhood Program at five Springfield Public Schools.
As our future unfolds, our vision will continue to include strong investigation of the communities we serve, with consideration of increasing ways we can help children become healthier and stronger, and to help their lights shine brighter. In a spirit of service, we are deeply committed to our roles as "thoughtful stewards" of Ronald McDonald House Charities® programs and resources. This level of commitment is our standard, and an ideal we all constantly strive for ... as board members, professional staff, and volunteers.