The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern NC (RMHC-ENC), a longstanding partner of North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, provides essential support and a “home away from home” to North Carolina families of children battling serious illness. At a recent ECU football game, NC Electric Cooperatives recognized the House for its community impact and provided a special opportunity for one family to attend the game.
At the Oct. 22 matchup between East Carolina and Central Florida, Tylen McGill and his family received a game ball on the field during a time out from Susan Flythe, executive vice president and general manager of Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, and ECU representatives.
“It was an honor to spend time with Tylen and his family on this special day,” said Flythe. “Cooperatives across the state are dedicated to supporting their local communities, and partnerships like this one reflect this commitment.”
Winston Howell, CEO of Edgecombe-Martin County EMC and RMHC-ENC House board member, celebrated the co-ops’ partnership with House during a halftime radio interview.
“We’re very appreciative to have a program and organization like the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern NC here in our community that impacts all of the co-ops and our members,” Howell said.
The House is an essential resource in eastern North Carolina, providing families with quality care and a place to rest and recharge while their children receive medical treatment. This “home away from home” can make all the difference for families during their times of need as they are provided with basic necessities and emotional support. Since 1987, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern NC has had over 29,000 admissions to their facilities and served more than 13,000 families.
“Throughout this year alone, RMHC-ENC has been able to serve families for over 3,600 nights total,” said Caleb Turik, family services coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern NC. “We could not provide a home, support and care to families of sick or injured children without our community partners and supporters. We greatly appreciate our continued partnership with North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and their dedication to our mission and families across Eastern NC.”
For years, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives have supported the work of RMHC-ENC in Greenville through cooperative fundraisers, support for security systems for the facility and initiatives like the ECU football game event that raise awareness of the impact of the House.