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
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 Days
- Special Events
- Family Activity Nights
- Assisting with Family Care Kit Donations
- Other special projects as scheduled
Please note: 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.
Applications for summer volunteers will be available by 3/1/17.
Any inquiries about the Teen Volunteer Program may be directed to Erin Ryan at email@example.com.
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, please click hereto contact the Volunteer Manager, Sara Funaiock, at 302-428-5340 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Big Hearts, Small Hands
For the health and safety of the families staying at the House, and for those wishing to help those families, the House has recommended age guidelines for volunteer service. For families with children 6 to 12 years, these are ways to help introduce your child to volunteer service.
- Collect Wish List items
- Collect Pop Tabs
- Assemble Family Care Kits
- Collect Wish List items – Everything the House provides to families during their stay comes to us through our Wish List. With the support and generosity of the community, everything from food for the kitchens to cleaning supplies and paper products are used at the House.
Collect Aluminum Pop Tabs – One of the ways to help the House is through our Pop Tab Recycling Program. We recycle aluminum pop tabs. The safest best is from soda cans. However, you can check with a magnet to see if they’re aluminum: if they’re steel or a different metal, they will stick to the magnet, while aluminum will not. The money from the Pop Tab Program goes to pay everyday costs, including coverage of families’ stays. Pop tabs can be donated to the House any day of the week between 9am and 9pm.
Assemble Family Care KIts – On-the-Go Meal Kits, Activity Kits, and Toiletry Kits are all appreciated by the families using our Ronald McDonald Family Room Programs at local hospitals. The kits help bring the welcoming touches of home to families while they spend time at the hospital during their child’s treatment. To learn more, contact the Community and Family Room Coordinator, Erin Ryan, at email@example.com or 302-428-5322.