Philanthropist Arlene Guzman Todd recently discussed what the Ronald McDonald House does to transform lives.

The Ronald McDonald House has been transforming lives of families around the country since 1974. Arlene Guzman Todd is a philanthropist who has spent hundreds of hours volunteering at a nearby Ronald McDonald House. She recently discussed what the organization does to help families of children who need to travel due to their illnesses.

Arlene Guzman Todd

There are more than 350 Ronald McDonald Houses around the globe. The goal of each house is to provide comfortable, supportive housing for families that need to travel to varying hospitals due to a child’s illness. Families who once slept in waiting rooms and ate from vending machines can now retreat to relaxing accommodations where they can get the rest they need to be present for their children. Even more, these facilities are available free of charge, so parents don’t have to undergo any further financial burdens.


“The core belief at the Ronald McDonald House is to keep families together,” Arlene Guzman Todd said. “This organization believes that families are stronger when they are together, and these houses allow them to stay together without more financial difficulties than they’re already experiencing.”


Arlene Guzman Todd explained that families are able to focus on a child’s health rather than unexpected accommodation expenses, costly meals, and more.


Todd added that the Ronald McDonald House organization is also on a mission to create and find additional support programs for families. This support may also involve providing medical and dental care to underserved communities.


“The mission at Ronald McDonald House is a massive one, but the organization achieves major goals on a daily basis,” Arlene Guzman Todd said. “The organization provides more than 1.4 million overnight accommodations per year.”


Todd added that the organizations helps families save more than $443 million per year in meal and lodging expenses. The goal is to relieve some of the countless stresses associated with a child falling ill. This allows families to continue working toward their No. 1 goal of conquering the illness their child is facing.


Arlene Guzman Todd finished by explaining that anyone can become a volunteer at a Ronald McDonald House and push the cause even further. She volunteers hundreds of hours per year at her local Ronald House McDonald and has also raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


She explained that one of the easiest ways to help is to log onto the Ronald McDonald House website and donate. The organization makes it easy to donate any sum of money in seconds or create recurring monthly donations, so you can keep giving.