Ronald McDonald House

“The House That Love Built”

In the beginning, a group of concerned parents collaborated to form the Ronald McDonald House of Burlington and opened the doors for the first time on February 14, 1984. The First Congregational Church graciously offered their unoccupied parsonage to the founding committee for a 20-year lease at $1.00 a year. With the community’s gracious kind donations of furniture, wallpaper, paint and volunteers to do the labor, we created what is known as Vermont’s “The House That Love Built.”

Our House offers the following amenities to all who stay with us:

  • 11 bedrooms, including 4 suites
  • 5 common area bathrooms
  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • Playroom
  • Activity room with video games and pool table
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Exercise area

Most of our guest families come from Vermont and northern New York State; however, we have had families and individuals from 39 other states and several foreign countries. All of our guests have ill children seeking medical treatment at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

It is our goal to provide a relaxing place filled with support during our guest’s time of need. Anyone with a child at the UVM Children’s Hospital who is 21 and under can stay at our Ronald McDonald House with a referral from a medical professional.

Our committed volunteers bake nearly every day and prepare dinner every night so our guests need not worry about anything but their child’s care.

The Ronald McDonald House is located at 16 South Winooski Ave in Burlington

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