Ronald McDonald House

In 1979, Alpha Delta Pi chose the Ronald McDonald House Charities to be their national philanthropy. Since it first associated with this organization, Alpha Delta Pi has contributed over $2 million to Ronald McDonald Houses nationally.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) supports Ronald McDonald Houses in local communities and funds grants to other non-profit organizations who focus on children in need. There are 271 Ronald McDonald Houses in 30 countries, whose functions are to provide comfort, care and "a home-away-from home" for the families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. More than 10 million families have utilized the Ronald McDonald houses, saving over $120 million in housing and meal expenses.

Families find the comforts of home at Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms, where shelter is available to all families of critically ill or injured children. At the Ronald McDonald Houses and Family Rooms, families share experiences, understanding and empathy with others whose worlds have been turned upside down. For more information about the Ronald McDonald House's you can visit their website at

Alpha Delta Pi held our newest philanthropy in Spring 2013. The Powercat Paint Run, is our new 5K philanthropy event that is co-partnered with Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. We wanted to excite the K-State and Manhattan community for the great cause, Ronald McDonald House Charities. Therefore, the Powercat Paint Run 5K has a bit of a twist. It was held at Warner Memorial Park and our 570 participants ran or walked this course and at each marker were covered in different color powdered paint! Our and Alpha Tau Omega's members got to participate in the event by being different paint throwers at different zones or cheer on all our participants! It was a very successful and fun first year! We cannot wait to see this event grow!

In addition to donating money to this worthwhile cause, many Alpha Delta Pi collegiate chapters and alumnae associations spend their time and energy volunteering at these houses. Alpha Eta travels to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Topeka and Wichita each semester to volunteer their time in cleaning the houses and doing other household chores. Also many members have cooked dinners for the families at the Ronald McDonald House and have enjoyed playing with the kids.