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Ronald McDonald Family Room
at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

The Ronald McDonald Family Room® (Family Room) at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital serves as an extension of the Ronald McDonald House® of Long Island (RMH-LI). The Family Room provides families of children undergoing medical treatment with a place to rest and relax right at the hospital. In an effort to help alleviate the anxiety of being in a hospital environment, the Family Room offers many of the comforts of home while being just steps away from their child’s bedside.

The Family Room includes an area of respite where families can spend quiet time together, engage in private conversation, enjoy a beverage and a snack, or even freshen up with a shower. It is equipped with a fully-stocked kitchenette, dining area, comfortable lounge area with a large flat screen television, laptops with internet access, private shower, and transportation services.

The Family Room is staffed from 9 am to 9 pm, seven days a week and is offered at no cost to the families of children being cared for at Stony Brook Children’s. A laundry room and full restroom are open 24 hours a day.

How Can You Help?

Become a Family Room Volunteer
Family Room volunteers help to extend the mission of RMH-LI by providing warmth and comfort to families in a time of need. The commitment of being a volunteer in the Ronald McDonald Family Room is an important one. Volunteers provide reception for families, offer hospitality, keep the room neat and tidy, restock snacks and beverages, maintain statistical records and enforce policies. The following 4-hour shifts are available: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sign-Up to Drive the Family Room Van
Van drivers provide transportation for families to airports, doctor’s appointments, drug stores, and run errands for the operation of the Family Room.

Make a Difference for These Families and Donate Today!
Research shows that a family presence in the hospital helps children heal faster and cope better. Staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and improves adherence to complicated treatment plans. The Family Room provides an oasis of calm and rest for these families, which increases their ability to advocate for their child. Consider one of our many donation opportunities or collect Wish List items to support the Family Room. For more information, please contact David Rosner, Director of Development at (516) 755-5683, ext. 135 or drosner@rmhlongisland.org.

Serve as a Committee, Advisory Board Member, or Speaker’s Bureau Member
A committee, advisory board, or speaker’s bureau member is responsible for assisting with volunteer recruiting, building awareness, securing funds through events or individuals, event planning, and speaking at events.

Get Involved!

If you are interested in becoming a Family Room volunteer, van driver, donor, fund raiser, committee or advisory board member or would like further information about the Family Room, please contact Jennifer Nicholson, Director of Special Projects at (718) 343-5683, ext. 158 or jnicholson@rmhlongisland.org.