Ronald McDonald House Charities - Fargo

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Volunteer Opportunities


The Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley offers families a way to stay together in a comfortable environment. Our gardens make the House feel peaceful and welcoming to families, visitors and other volunteers.


Share A Meal

Volunteers can provide nutritious and delicious meals and baked goods for families so they can spend more time with their child who is receiving medical care in a Fargo-Moorhead area.



Our Heartwarmer volunteer program is for compassionate, caring and unique individuals who assist the Ronald McDonald House in a variety of ways on a regular basis.


Van Drivers

Transportation is provided to and from the medical facility for families staying at the RMH.


Raking Leaves

The Ronald McDonald House of the Red River Valley offers families a way to stay together in a safe environment. Our Raking Leaves volunteers make the House peaceful and welcoming to families, visitors and other volunteers.



Providing home-like comfort, support and care for families with children receiving medical care in Fargo-Moorhead.

Core Values

  • Heart – We serve our families in a caring manner, being sensitive to their needs, and striving to meet those needs through compassionate and gracious hospitality, demonstrating to them that RMHC-RRV is truly their home away from home.
  • Integrity – We employ the highest ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in every action we take. We honor the public’s trust through conscientious management of RMHC-RRV resources.
  • Exceptional Service – We are committed to excellence in all that we do, constantly seeking ways to improve our services and enhance the lives of our families, being vigilant to proactively assess and meet their needs.
  • Partnership – We strive to develop long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with our donors, volunteers, community, and guests through open and honest communication of our successes and needs and recognition of their participation, knowing that without their valued, trusted, and passionate involvement this work could not exist.
  • Team – We work as one to achieve the mission of RMHC-RRV, respecting and building on the unique roles, talents and professionalism of each member of the team and united in our commitment to provide our families with exceptional service.


In 1977, a social worker in Fargo, Wayne Allard, noticed that too many families with sick children in Fargo were struggling to find a place to stay that was a reasonable cost.  With the help of a mother of a child with leukemia, he set out to change this.  In December of 1982, the Fargo Ronald McDonald House was opened at 1234 N Broadway.  At this new house, six families per night could have a warm bed and the support of others in the same situation.  It is a beautiful, cozy and warm facility with six private guest bedrooms; a large, fully stocked kitchen; laundry facility; playroom; deck and playground area and other common areas as well as an office and separate living space for the resident managers.

As the years went by, more and more families needed the services of the Ronald McDonald House is Fargo.  Due to this increased demand, second Fargo Ronald McDonald House opened at 1330 18th Avenue South on May 18, 2005. This second location allowed us to double our capacity and we can now serve up to 12 families per night from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and beyond.

Currently, we serve over 900 family members from over 250 families each year.  Since opening in 1982, we have served over 3600 families. 

Key Program Performance Measures:
  • Houses at capacity or close to capacity level.
  • Number of volunteers, volunteer hours and returning volunteers.
  • Committed and generous donors who donate on a continual basis.
  • Numeric survey data and written feedback from guest families.

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Organization Info

Executive Director
Jill Christopher
4 part-time
6 full-time
Board Members and Affiliations
Year Formed
Counties Served
Becker, MN
Clay, MN
Clearwater, MN
Hubbard, MN
Mahnomen, MN
Norman, MN
Otter Tail, MN
Pennington, MN
Polk, MN
Ramsey, MN
Red Lake, MN
Wadena, MN
Wilkin, MN
Adams, ND
Barnes, ND
Benson, ND
Billings, ND
Bottineau, ND
Bowman, ND
Burke, ND
Burleigh, ND
Cass, ND
Cavalier, ND
Dickey, ND
Divide, ND
Dunn, ND
Eddy, ND
Emmons, ND
Foster, ND
Golden Valley, ND
Grand Forks, ND
Grant, ND
Griggs, ND
Hettinger, ND
Kidder, ND
LaMoure, ND
Logan, ND
McHenry, ND
McIntosh, ND
McKenzie, ND
McLean, ND
Mercer, ND
Morton, ND
Mountrail, ND
Nelson, ND
Oliver, ND
Pembina, ND
Pierce, ND
Ramsey, ND
Ransom, ND
Renville, ND
Richland, ND
Rolette, ND
Sargent, ND
Sheridan, ND
Sioux, ND
Slope, ND
Stark, ND
Steele, ND
Stutsman, ND
Towner, ND
Traill, ND
Walsh, ND
Ward, ND
Wells, ND
Williams, ND
Meeting Frequency
Tax-Exempt Organization Type
IRS Exemption Letter

Financial Info

Organization Files Form 990
Top Three Funding Sources
Individual Donors, Special Events, Foundation Grants
Last Financial Audit
May 2013
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Contact Info

Street Address
1330 18th Ave South
Fargo, North Dakota (ND) 58103
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Board Members

Mary Ellen Rolfson
West Acres Development
Board President

Tiffany Lawrence
Sanford Health
Board Treasurer

Julie Haugen
YWCA Cass Clay
Board Secretary

Gregg Matejka
McDonald's of Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo

Rena Stenseth
Choice Financial

Jo Carney
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Linda O'Halloran

Charley Poynter
RTS - a Xerox Company

Aubrey Zuger
Fredrikson & Byron, PA

Kirsten Jensen

Greg LaFrancois
Prairie St. John's

Kelly Messerschmidt
Bell State Bank