The Ronald McDonald Houses
of Orlando ...At a Glance
Locations: There are two Ronald McDonald House locations in Orlando, one at 2201 Alden Road, at the corner of Princeton Street and Alden Road on the campus of Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children and the other at 1630 Kuhl Avenue, at the corner of Kuhl Avenue and Bonnie Loch Court on the campus of Arnold Palmer Medical Center.
Operated By: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida, Inc. and a volunteer Board of Directors.
Chairman: Clint Bullock of Orlando Utilities Comission
President/CEO: Lou Ann De Voogd
Number of Bedrooms: 59
Cost For Families: A $20 donation per night is suggested. No family is ever turned away for their inability to contribute. Families are provided their own private bedroom and bath. Guests share a library, playroom, laundry room, kitchen, dining room, computer room and gathering rooms.
Funding: Revenues from fundraising and special events, guest donations, contributions from corporations, foundations, individuals, local McDonald's Owner/Operators and their customers provide the funding for the Ronald McDonald House program.
Cost Per Night to House a Family: Approximately $74 per night will house one family at the Ronald McDonald House. The average stay per family is about 11 nights with some families staying months.
Volunteers: More than 200 volunteers provide the backbone of the two Ronald McDonald House locations.
In-house volunteers work in three, four-hour shifts daily. These in-house volunteers check families in and out, answer telephones, give tours, perform light housekeeping, assist with clerical work, and provide emotional support for the families. Additionally, other volunteers assist with special events and other fundraising activities.
Families Served: More than 16,000 have stayed at the two Ronald McDonald House locations in Orlando since opening the first phase of the first House in December 1996. Those families have represented 51 countries, 48 states and 62 Florida counties. Many of our Central Florida families reside in: Brevard, Volusia, Lake, and Orange counties.
Additional Services: A house manager is on campus at both Houses 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Meals are provided by individuals and organizations in the community when possible. Families also prepare their own meals. An RMH van, donated by Dr. Phillips Charities and a GEM car donated by ABB, transport the families to and from the hospitals when needed.