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Meet the Volunteer: Steve Spelman

Steve is one of the first faces our families at the Ronald McDonald House see when they enter what often becomes their home away from home.

Steve is a reception volunteer who welcomes families, ensures their needs are met and provides tours to visitors.

He is a retired businessman with a background in photography, and has been involved with the Ronald McDonald House for just under four years.

Steve says he enjoys volunteering with other organizations and gardening when he is not at the Ronald McDonald House.

This spring, he will be riding his motorcycle to Alaska. He says the entire trip to take over two months.

Steve says he is grateful for the families, staff and other volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. He says he recognizes how important the volunteers are to the organization.

“This place wouldn’t operate without volunteers,” he says. “Everybody can do something, whether it is to donate money or time.”

Steve says he always makes a point to thank other volunteers and remind them how much they help people.

When asked what he likes most about his Ronald McDonald House, Steve said that he enjoys the family-like atmosphere and being able to eventually send families home on a positive note.

“It’s like a family,” he says. “It’s a friendly place.”