More than 45 Mr. Rooter franchise owners, their employees and members of the corporate staff made the trip to the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House. They presented the House with a $3,395 check, as well as kitchen and food supplies their teams collected.
"Ronald McDonald House Charities helps members of the Mr. Rooter community, and it feels great to give back to them," said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Corporation. "We are honored to support them in helping families with sick children, because it seems like everyone knows someone who has benefited from Ronald McDonald House Charities."
The national sponsorship also includes four of Mr. Rooter Corporation's affiliate companies - Aire Serv, Glass Doctor, Mr. Appliance and Mr. Electric - that joined together to support Ronald McDonald House Charities with a national commitment of $100,000 annually.
As part of the national sponsorship, Mr. Rooter plumbers will help Ronald McDonald Houses by donating labor and supplies. This includes plumbing and drain cleaning work when needed. The shops also will continue to collect supplies year-round.
"With nearly 300 Ronald McDonald Houses in the world serving 7,200 families a day, our Houses need constant maintenance to ensure the families come back from the hospital each day to a comfortable home," said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities. "This partnership will make it even easier for staff at our Ronald McDonald Houses to ensure the Houses are close to perfection for our families."
From the local level to the corporate office, Mr. Rooter representatives like this opportunity because it encompasses both the United States and Canada.
"Ronald McDonald House Charities makes an impact on so many lives, and we're delighted to help the Houses stay in good working condition," Thompson said. "We have plumbing shops across the nation and Canada, and we think this is the ideal partnership with a charity."
Ronald McDonald House Charities was established in 1984 in memory of McDonald's founder and franchise icon Ray Kroc. The cornerstone program, the Ronald McDonald House, provides a "home-away-from-home" so families can stay close by while their child gets the health care they need. The Houses are located around the world and are funded by both corporate donor and individual support.
"Our franchise brands know what it means to be of service so that customers can have peace of mind and focus on more important things," said Dina Dwyer-Owens, CEO and chairwoman of The Dwyer Group, Inc. "That is why supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities is a perfect fit to extend that message in another meaningful way."
About Mr. Rooterr:
Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500" and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information or to find the location nearest you, please visit our Web site at www.mrrooter.com.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Families and children being cared for at seventy-three percent of the most prestigious children's hospitals in the world benefit from one or more of the RMHC core programs. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most - right in their own communities. RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children's lives through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and regions and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald Houser, Ronald McDonald Family Roomr and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiler. RMHC and its global network of local Chapters have awarded millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs around the world. These programs and grants provide a bridge to quality health care and gives children what they need most to heal, their families.