Alice Cooper: Spirit of Gainesville nominee

Published: Monday, September 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

On behalf of the thousands of families she helps us serve each year, Ronald McDonald House CharitiesŪ of North Central Florida (RMHCNCF) proudly nominates Alice Cooper for the Community Service category of the Spirit of Gainesville Award. She is dedicated to children and their families from around the world that find themselves in Gainesville because they have been referred for excellent pediatric critical care at Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida. Alice’s care and support of our families won her our Caring and Sharing volunteer award in 2008.


Alice Cooper


Category: Entrepreneurship

About Alice Cooper

Occupation: Retired Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse

Years in Gainesville: 10

Spouse: Calvin

Children: 3 sons & 7 grandchildren

Alice has volunteered for ten years in the Ronald McDonald Family RoomŪ, a core program of RMHCNCF. The Family Room is located in the Shands Hospital for Children at UF adjacent to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Our volunteers help define the experience that these families have in Gainesville and Alice always makes sure they feel welcome and that there is information on local resources available in the Family Room. Approximately 3,500 family visits are made annually, so Alice’s reach in the community goes long and far.

Ms. Cooper, a retired Pediatric Intensive Care Registered Nurse, sits on the Family Room Committee comprised of Shands and RMHCNCF officials and is frequently asked to train new volunteers. As a Family Room host from 12:00 – 4:00 PM every Sunday afternoon, not to mention the innumerable “as needed” shifts she willingly picks up. Alice is a strong advocate for children and their families in a time of unimaginable stress.

Alice’s other duties include keeping a pot of fresh-brewed coffee on the burner, stocking snacks and drinks, keeping the room clean and tidy, fielding calls from hospital staff and family members, and monitoring guest activities. The room features a kitchenette, a quiet room for napping or private consultations, a television and a computer with Internet service.

In Gainesville, Ms. Cooper has volunteered as a kindergarten teacher assistant at Metcalfe Elementary for ten years and at Bread of the Mighty Food Bank for three years. She sees no end to her volunteer efforts in sight, a wonderful gift to our Gainesville community.

Submitted by Melissa Tyrone

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