Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida (RMHC of NCF)

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida is a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing, basic amenities and support to families with critically ill children being treated at area medical facilities.        

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Contact: Dorie Faulkner (Volunteer/Program Coordinator), dfaulkner@rmhcncf.org

(352) 374-4404

Address: 1600 SW 14th Street, Gainesville, FL 32608

Who they are: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida strives to be recognized throughout the local community and surrounding areas as “The House that Love Built” by providing superior facilities and services to families of seriously ill children. Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville is a nonprofit organization. Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville has 30 rooms and often has a waiting list for families with critically ill children that are receiving care at local area medical facilities. The House’s occupancy averages over 90% and the need remains constant.    

What they do: The Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida provides temporary housing, basic amenities and support to families with critically ill children being treated at area medical facilities.       

What YOU can do to help: Volunteers are needed in the following areas. Here is the Volunteer Application.

House Volunteer: answer phones, interact with the public and the families at the House, facilitate arrival and departure of guests (in addition to application and interview, requires 8-16 hours of training and a commitment to volunteer at least 8 hours each month)

Visiting Chef: purchase and prepare a dinner for 40-50 people at the House (limit of 10 volunteers serving dinner)

Maintenance Volunteer: help with general household repairs, landscaping, cleaning and organizing kitchens, supervising children’s play time in the playroom

Family Room Volunteer: work as a host in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Shands UF Hospital, provide books and games for children, put drinks and snacks out, answer phones, monitor activities of the room (in addition to application and interview, requires Shands UF volunteer orientation, immunization records, TB test, on the job training shifts, and a commitment to volunteer at least 8 hours each month)

Group Volunteer Opportunities:

If you would like to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, please fill out the Volunteer Application Form and return it to the Volunteer/Program Coordinator.  You will then be contacted to schedule an interview.   

You can also donate items from the Ronald McDonald House’s WISH LIST:

13-gallon kitchen trash bags (strong), canned meats and meals, stamps, hair dryers, Swiffer refills, non-stick pots and pans, AA rechargeable batteries, NIntendo DS games, laundry sopa, bleach, dryer sheets, coffee, universal remotes, toasters, green and beige dish towels, Kodak digital camera (at least 10 mega pixels), sponges, white copier paper, cleaning gloves, travel-size toiletries, $10-$15 giftcards to iTunes, Borders, Hollywood Video, Best Buy, dishwasher soap, 4-8 gallon trash bags

Food Drive Items: canned raviolis, cereals, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, jelly, coffee, granola bars, vegetarian and vegan foods, kosher foods, halal foods, cookie mixes, soups, cake mixes, pancake  mixes, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned chicken, canned tuna