The first Ronald McDonald House opened in Philadelphia in 1974 to help families who were coping with a sick child. The first house was the brainchild of Philadelphia Eagles player, Fred Hill, who was coping with a sick daughter and learned that there were few opportunities for a family to stay close to their sick children. The "home-away-from-home" concept was a completely new idea but Mr. Hill quickly enlisted the aid of the team's general manager and players, and got the local McDonald's franchises to help collect funds. The rest, as they say, was history.
The Madison Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in 1993, and has been a huge source of comfort to families whose children are undergoing treatment at Madison area facilities. The facility makes it more comfortable for siblings of the sick children to feel like there is still some normalcy in their lives, and allows families to stay together more easily. When the planning for the building began, NECA and the IBEW did not hesitate, but stepped forward to procure donated materials, fixtures and to donate the labor for the electrical installation on the building. A major renovation project was also done by IBEW and NECA, again, as a way to give back to the community and to those in need. When you hire the NECA-IBEW team, you've hired the community leaders who remember to give back to those less fortunate, and that's good for everyone.