Family Room

Announcing The Ronald McDonald Family Room
At Stony Brook Children’s Hospital

The Ronald McDonald Family Room (""Family Room") will be an extension of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (""RHM-LI"). The Family Room will be located in Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital (""Stony Brook") and is scheduled to open in 2013. The Family Room will provide families of children undergoing medical treatment a place to rest and relax right at the hospital. The Family Room will have many of the comforts of home to help alleviate the anxiety of being in a hospital environment while being just steps away from their child’s beside.

The Family Room will provide families 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. The Family Room will be equipped with a fully- stocked kitchenette, a dining area, a comfortable sitting area with a large flat screen television, laptops with internet access, a private shower, lockers for storing personal belongings, laundry facilities, and a transportation van.

The Family Room will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week and is offered at no cost to the families.

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 will 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 will provide transportation for families to airports, doctor’s appointments, drug store, and run errands for the operation.

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 will provide an oasis of calm and rest for these families, which will increase their ability to advocate for their child. DONATE NOW

Serve as a Committee or Advisory Board Member
A committee or advisory board member would be 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 at (718) 343-5683, ext. 158 or by e-mail at