Our Volunteers are the Heart of the House
Making a difference to the families who come through our doorsCooks for Kids Meal Program
Whether helping out in our onsite K-12 school, preparing a meal with a Cooks for Kids group or pitching in at an event, volunteers contribute so much. The adage “many hands make light work” comes alive with these generous groups and individuals.
Our volunteers tell us they leave feeling fulfilled, knowing that their efforts have an immediate and direct impact on the families we serve. Helping others is good for the heart and soul!
We are pleased to offer both individual and group volunteer opportunities, and one-time jobs and recurring assignments. We invite you to find the opportunity that fits you best.
Share your time and talents to help make our programs a comfortable and caring environment for the over 5,000 families who visit us each year.
One you have reviewed our individual opportunities, discover how to become a volunteer.
- Housewarmers help keep all of our programs running smoothly. Duties may include delivering medication to family rooms, restocking pantries, light cleaning and other miscellaneous jobs.
- Flexible schedule: 2-3 hour shifts, 7 days/week
- Available at RMH–Oak Street (opportunities for child interaction), RMH–Children’s, Minneapolis and RMFR–Gillette, St. Paul
- If you like to greet people and help them find their way, consider volunteering as a front desk receptionist/greeter. Besides greeting families and checking them in and out, you’ll help by answering the phone and assisting the House Director with light office work.
- Schedule: 2-3 hour shifts, weekly or bi-weekly
- Available at RMH–Children’s, Minneapolis
- Classroom Aides work directly with K-12 students who are either patients or siblings of patients staying at RMH-Oak Street. Aides also support the classroom teacher in a variety of other ways, including light office work (making copies, working on the computer, etc.).
- Schedule: 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm, Monday-Friday
- Available at RMH–Oak Street
- Lunch/Recess Aides prepare school lunches for all of the children enrolled in our K-12 school (usually 10-15 students). In addition, they oversee recess activities.
- Schedule: 11am-1pm, Monday-Friday
- Available at RMH–Oak Street
- Office volunteers help with daily tasks, including answering phones, coordinating mailings and assisting with administrative projects.
- Schedule: 2-3 hour shifts during business hours (9am-5pm), Monday-Friday
- Available at RMH–Oak Street
- Drivers use our House van to take families to Target two nights a week.
- Position requires a valid driver's license and good driving record.
- Schedule: 6:30-8:30pm, Monday and Thursday
- Available at RMH–Oak Street
House Supply Runner
- Supply runner volunteers help keep our four metro locations stocked by picking up supplies (pantry items, paper towels, etc) at our Oak Street location and bringing them to our three hospital locations.
- Position requires a valid driver's license, agood driving record and the ability to travel to all our Twin Cities locations.
- Schedule: Thursday during the daytime
- You may use your own vehicle or the RMH van.
- Special Event Volunteers assist with a variety of jobs at our signature events (Golf Classic, Brew Love and the Gala) and community fundraisers. Tasks may include registering guests, assisting with auction set-up, operation and/or tear-down, handing out merchandise, helping with check-out, etc.
- Opportunities exist for both individuals and groups
- Minimal time commitment required
- Sign up for our Event Volunteer email list to learn about upcoming individual and group event volunteer needs and how you can make a difference in just one day.
- Email your name to Haley Nelson, Director of Volunteers.
- Building Services volunteers will work very closely with our maintenance staff to complete facility repairs and upkeep tasks. The tasks are assigned based on the volunteers abilities and may include electrical work, HVAC periodic maintenance and filter changes, carpentry, home repairs, painting, tile work, plumbing, appliance repair and replacement and other tasks associated with keeping our Oak Street facilities in good repair.
- It is preferred but not necessary that volunteers filling this role can commit to volunteering on a somewhat regular basis (once a week, once every other week). The duration of a volunteer shift is flexible but a minimum of two hours is usually most efficient.
- A perfect opportunity for over the lunch hour, room refresher volunteers help us get rooms ready for new families staying with us each night.
- Duties may include refreshing linens and sheets, tidying family rooms and doing laundry.
- Schedule: 11am–1pm on weekdays
- Available at: Ronald McDonald House–Children’s Hospital Minneapolis
Volunteer groups have a huge impact on our chapter’s ability to house, feed and care for over 5,000 families each year.
After a long day at the hospital, families look forward to coming back to a home-cooked meal. Gather a group of friends, family or co-workers to plan a menu and cook a meal that will be truly appreciated! We provide the kitchen space (including serving dishes and utensils, cutlery, paper products, etc.) and you purchase, prepare and serve the meal. Whether a one-time event or a monthly date, we welcome your enthusiasm and cooking skills.
Note: Cooks for Kids groups do not have to submit a Group Volunteer Application.More info and sign-up
Dinner and Dash supports RMHC-UM’s Cooks for Kids meal program by allowing groups to sign up on the Cooks for Kids meal calendar and drop off pre-made, ready to serve meals or frozen entrees or arrange for delivery pizza/take out for families at any one of RMHC-UM’s four locations. Any and all meal donations will be a welcome sight to families facing the serious illness of a child.
- Available at all locations.
- Groups pick an open meal date and schedule with the Volunteer Department.
- Purchase or prepare food ensuring that it is “ready to serve” at the time of drop off.
- Arrange a drop off time with Assistant House Manager (you will be contacted).
- Drop off food at designated site.
On the last Tuesday of each month, we hold a group birthday party celebrating all of the birthdays that month. The party starts at 6:30 pm, includes a 1-3 kid-friendly activities, runs for approximately 1 hour, and typically includes 15-20 children. Theme parties are always popular, and the dessert or treat the volunteer group provides is a great way to wrap up a fun event!
Volunteer groups have a special opportunity to encourage the love of reading with the children enrolled in our on-site school at RMH-Oak Street.
The RMH Book Club meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:30am and begins with 30 minutes of getting to know one another and reading a book together. Volunteers are invited to stay for a pizza lunch as well as recess.
The cost for the pizza and books is approximately $100. Volunteer groups are encouraged but not required to make a donation to cover some or all of the cost.
When volunteer groups lend us a hand by tackling larger projects, the results are immediately evident and much appreciated! From landscaping projects to light building jobs to cleaning, groups can make a major impact on the look and feel of our programs and locations.
To learn about how your organization/group could help RMHC-UM, Email us or call Catherine Beringer at 612.238.8100.
- Groups can be up to 15
- Schedule: Various times Tuesdays–Friday. 10am–1pm or 1–3pm.
- Please note: All on-site volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Special events are important to RMHC-UM because they help us raise funds while also building awareness of our programs. Whether it is at one of our three signature events (Golf Classic, Brew Love and the Gala) or a community event hosted by others on our behalf, volunteers play a key part in making the day a success.
Sign up for our Event Volunteer email list to learn about upcoming individual and group event volunteer needs and how you can make a difference in just one day.
Email your name to the volunteer services team.
Caring people of all ages can help the House that Love Built! Youth groups can organize a Wish List Drive, focusing on some or all of the items on our Wish Lists, crafty people can create Newborn Kits (complete with blankets and toiletries) and bakers can mix up a batch of their favorite goodies.
All items should be made or purchased off-site and delivered to our administrative office or the RMH-Oak Street, Minneapolis. Contact the Volunteer Office at 612.767.2788 to schedule a drop off time. We gratefully accept new, unused and unexpired items.
How to become an Individual volunteer
- Download the RMHC-UM Individual Volunteer Application and immunization info.
- Please Note: All RMHC-UM volunteer positions require a background check and immunizations.
- After submitting an application, you will have 30 days to submit your completed immunization records to our offices.
- Incomplete applications will not be kept after this 30-day period. Minors, under the age of 18, must have a parent/guardian sign a consent form, which will be provided once the application has been reviewed.
Complete the application and email it to the volunteer services team or mail to:
RMHC-UM Volunteer Services
818 Fulton St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
We will be in contact with you after we have reviewed your application. Orientation is the final step in the process of becoming a volunteer. Monthly orientation sessions are available.
Group volunteer opportunities do not require an application and orientation.