Kiwanis Club will contribute $5K to new Ronald McDonald House

The Wilton Kiwanis Club’s contributions committee voted to contribute $5,000 to the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House in New Haven.

During the club’s Oct. 5 luncheon at WEPCO, Richard Popillowski, capital campaign director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Connecticut & Western Massachusetts, spoke to members about the organization and its new house project.

The original 12-bedroom Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut on George Street in New Haven has housed approximately 10,000 families of critically ill children for 30 years with the help of donors, volunteers and a small staff.

According to the organization’s website, pediatric visits at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital are expected to triple over the next 10 years, creating “a pressing need to build a new Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut to ensure state-of-the-art care can be offered to the increased numbers of families in need.”

The new 42-bedroom Ronald McDonald House will be adjacent to the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and constructed in three phases.

The first phase, which began in January, consists of 18 bedrooms and two respite rooms containing 12,000 square-feet of leased space. Once funds become available, the leased space will be converted into 12 bedrooms in the second phase. The remaining bedrooms will be added in the third phase.

The community fundraising goal for the project is $2.5 million.

To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut, visit rmhc-ctma.org.