Dominion Energy’s Charitable Foundation presented a $10,000 grant to Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown Thursday morning, as a way of giving back to families in need.
The grant will be used to support lodging and needs for families who travel to the Pittsburgh and Morgantown areas to get medical care for their children.
“Over 86% of our families who stay here are not able to afford a donation towards their stay. We ask $20 a night. That’s also only a fraction of what it cost for us to operate. So, this $10,000 goes a long way for us to be able to continue to verify comfort and care.” said Megan Skubovius, development director for Ronald McDonald House.
Last year, 1,700 families stayed a total of 23,000 nights at one of the Ronald Mcdonald Houses in Pittsburgh and Morgantown’s two houses.
The Ronald McDonald Charity provides family members with a place to sleep, eat, relax and find support from other families in similar situations.
“We thought this was a wonderful way to help serve our customers through this critical need that they are meeting in our community. Moments when people are at their lowest. They are stressed and they are provided, their providing comfort and basic necessities so that they can focus on the health and well being of their child or family member in need.” said Samantha Norris, spokesperson for Dominion Energy.
In addition, the charity operates the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to provide convenient pediatric medical care to underserved Pittsburgh communities.
Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed nearly $35 million in 2018 to community causes.
The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality.