The Ronald McDonald Houses of Tampa Bay
are comprised of three separate homes - St. Pete West House
, St. Pete East House
, and Tampa House
. They are among the more than 245 Ronald McDonald Houses in 26 countries offering support and practical assistance to families with very sick children by providing them with a safe, comforting, and inexpensive place to stay near the hospital or medical facility where their children are being treated. For a family to be eligible to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, a member of the family, age 20 or younger, must be undergoing medical treatment at a hospital or medical center in the Tampa/St. Pete area. To qualify, families must receive a referral from hospital staff, a clinical social worker, or pastoral care. A $10 donation per night is requested, but no one is ever turned away for an inability to pay. It's a safe bet that your local chapter currently has volunteer opportunities
available. Individuals, families, and groups - including scout troops, youth groups, and school organizations - can volunteer to prepare a meal for house residents.