Teen and Student Volunteers

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Volunteering is a great way to help others and also gain valuable skills and experience. Whether you are seeking a volunteer experience to help fulfill an academic requirement, or trying to determine a potential future field of study, the time you spend helping families at the House helps to keep families together when family is needed most.

Teen Volunteer Applications

Our Summer Teen Volunteer Application is now closed. Please check this page for a fall Teen Volunteer application in early August.

Family Service Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, able to commit to a minimum of 6 hours per month for a minimum of 24 hours of service.

Below is a list of some duties that FAMILY SERVICE Volunteers help with during a volunteer shift.

Family Service Volunteer Duties

  • Greeting guests and visitors
  • Giving tours to families checking in
  • Help with guest room preparation
  • Restock pantries and closets with supplies
  • Help with kitchen duties loading and unloading dishwashers and wiping down surfaces

Below is a list of some duties that EPISODIC Volunteers help with during the Volunteer Program. These projects are pre-scheduled and last 2-3 hours. 

Episodic Volunteer Duties 

  • Baking DaysTeens Baking
  • Special Events
  • Family Activity Nights
  • Assisting with Family Care Kit Donations
  • Other special projects as scheduled

Please note: Episodic Volunteers must be 15 years of age and older. qualities of successful candidates include: self-motivated, responsible, punctual, comfortable speaking and interacting with families who are experiencing stressful situations, and comfortable working with volunteers of all ages.

Younger than 15 but still want to help?

For those younger than 15, there are still ways to help! If you have a parent or guardian willing to volunteer alongside you, a family volunteer opportunity may be the best way to share your time and care. Projects may include:

  • Seasonal yard work, including weeding, watering, and planting
  • Bake cookies or casseroles at the House – minimum age 12
  • Sorting pop tab donations – this opportunity is scheduled as-needed
  • Disinfecting toys in area playrooms throughout the House

Student Service Project Ideas

Please Note: We are no longer be able to accept baked goods made offsite as a part of a volunteer service hour project. Ronald McDonald House Charities requires that all food be prepared on site in our commercial kitchen or prepared in a commercial cooking establishment such as a restaurant, catering service or cafeteria. We welcome students to schedule time to bake at the Ronald McDonald House for service hours. Baking at the House is rewarding as students have the opportunity to meet families that will enjoy their baked goods and learn about their journey at the House.

Students of all ages looking to fulfill an academic, faith-based, or extracurricular service hour project may be looking for a short-term volunteer project. Service projects are a great way to help the House! To learn more about projects and guidelines for these short-term service projects, contact the Volunteer Manager, Sara Funaiock, at 302-428-5340 or s.funaiock@rmhde.org. Please place “Student Service Project” in the e-mail subject line.

Please note: If a letter confirming your service hours is needed, please allow 48 hours for a service hour letter request to be generated during business hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. If a service letter request is received after 5pm on Friday, it will not be generated until the following Monday.

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