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Volunteers are the heart of the House that Love Built

Volunteering

Our Volunteers are the Heart of the House

Make 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 at all of our four Twin Cities locations.  We invite you to find the opportunity that fits you best.

NEW: We have an exciting list of ways to volunteer from home, work or school!

Share your time and talents to help make our programs a comfortable and caring environment for the over 6,600 families who visit us each year.


We're Service Enterprise certified

RMHC-UM is certified as a Service Enterprise through Points of Light, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, and HandsOn Twin Cities.

A national initiative that strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to leverage volunteers and their skills to address community needs, organizations that attain Service Enterprise certification are proven to be more adaptable, sustainable and capable of scaling their impact in comparison to peer organizations.

Contact

Julie Schaal

Volunteer Program Manager

Email

 612.767.2790

Shelle Baker

Individual Volunteer Coordinator

Email

 612.767.2794

Kate Baudler

Group Volunteer Coordinator

Email

 612.767.2795

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the location name for an overview of the individual volunteer positions available at that site.

One you have reviewed our individual opportunities, discover how to become a volunteer.

Housewarmer

  • Assist with light cleaning, organizational projects, laundry, and other tasks to prepare rooms for families; may also include occasional office or reception duties
  • Flexible schedule, 2-3 hours, weekly or biweekly

Room Refresher

  • Ensure our overnight rooms meet our high cleanliness standards. If you enjoy making spaces sparkle and want to add a warm and welcoming touch to the family rooms, this is the job for you! Duties include: Laundry, making beds, deep cleaning bathrooms and kitchenettes, vacuuming, moving furniture to clean under/behind to prepare rooms for families.
  • Flexible schedule, 2-3 hours, 7 days/week

Reception Services

  • Welcome and register families and assist with office tasks
  • 2-3 hour shifts, 8:30am – 8pm, 7 days/week

Driver

  • Responsible for driving families in Ronald McDonald House passenger van to local Target or Walmart. Trips are every Monday evening.
  • Volunteer commitment 6-8 pm. Must have current valid driver’s license and a clean driving record.

Meal Host

  • Provide a welcoming environment and enjoyable experience for hundreds of volunteer meal groups annually. Duties include welcoming and touring volunteer groups, providing an orientation to the kitchen/cooking spaces, assisting with cleaning the kitchen spaces, and helping to ensure food safety throughout the meal.
  • Flexible schedule, 3 hours, weekly or biweekly

RMH School Supporter, September - June

  • Classroom aide: Support RMH teaching staff by working with individual students in the classroom, 2-3 hours weekly
  • Meal aide: Prepare and serve breakfast (8:15-9:30am) or lunch (11:30am-1pm) for RMH school children, 1.5-2 hours weekly
  • Special event host: Sponsor our monthly author party, host a field trip, or “show and tell” your profession

Specialty Volunteer

  • Help RMH family members relax and recharge by offering your talents and expertise such as haircuts/styling, healing touch, yoga, knitting classes, etc.
  • Flexible schedule, 1-4 hours, 7 days/week

Special Event Volunteer

  • Assist with event set-up, guest registration, event operations, etc. at an RMH Signature Event and/or a community fundraiser
  • Event-specific projects also available
  • Time commitment: Varies per event

Family Activity Volunteer

  • Work with RMH Family Services Coordinator to share your talent or host an activity or special event for RMH children and adults
  • Activities may include Bingo, baking, game nights, arts & crafts, pet therapy (certification required), cooking, scrapbooking, etc.
  • After school activities held at 3pm, Mon. – Fri.
  • Evening activities are pre-arranged and advertised to families
  • Flexible schedule, 1-3 hours, 7 days/week

Building Services

  • Work with RMH Maintenance staff to maintain and improve our facilities
  • 2 hours, weekly or biweekly

Garden Volunteers

Garden volunteers are essential to providing a beautiful place for RMH families to call their home-away-from-home. Some experience is helpful but not required. Training provided.

  • Responsible for watering and weeding the gardens and grounds.
  • General upkeep of outdoor common areas such as sweeping, straightening outdoor furniture, and picking up the playground and courtyard.
  • Half day plant pickup and installation in the spring and half day leaf raking project in the fall.
  • 2-4 hour shifts available between 9 am – 8 pm any day of the week.
  • Position available April – November.  Weather dependent.

Once you have reviewed our individual opportunities, discover how to become a volunteer.

Housewarmer

  • Assist with light cleaning, organizational projects, laundry, and other tasks to prepare rooms for families; may also include occasional office or reception duties
  • Flexible schedule, 2-3 hours, weekly or biweekly

Front Desk Receptionist

  • Welcome and register families and assist with office tasks
  • 2-3 hour shifts, 8:30am – 8pm, 7 days/week

Meal Host

  • Welcome and register Cooks for Kids meal groups and give tours of our space
  • Weekend volunteers most needed, 2-3 hours

Room Refresher/Laundry

  • Assist with laundry and other duties to prepare rooms for families

Specialty Volunteer

  • Help RMH family members relax and recharge by offering your talents and expertise such as haircuts/styling, healing touch, yoga, knitting classes, etc.
  • Flexible schedule, 1-4 hours, 7 days/week

Special Event Volunteer

  • Assist with event set-up, guest registration, event operations, etc. at an RMH Signature Event and/or a community fundraiser
  • Event-specific projects also available
  • Time commitment: Varies per event

Family Activity Volunteer

  • Work with RMH Family Services Coordinator to share your talent or host an activity or special event for RMH children and adults
  • Activities may include Bingo, baking, game nights, arts & crafts, pet therapy (certification required), cooking, scrapbooking, etc.
  • After school activities held at 3pm, Mon. – Fri.
  • Evening activities are pre-arranged and advertised to families
  • Flexible schedule, 1-3 hours, 7 days/week

Once you have reviewed our individual opportunities, discover how to become a volunteer.

Housewarmer

  • Assist with light cleaning, organizational projects, laundry, and other tasks to prepare rooms for families; may also include occasional office or reception duties
  • Flexible schedule, 2-3 hours, weekly or biweekly

Reception Services

  • Welcome and register families and assist with office tasks
  • 2-3 hour shifts, 8:30am – 8pm, 7 days/week

Meal Host

  • Welcome and register Cooks for Kids meal groups and give tours of our space
  • Weekend volunteers most needed, 2-3 hours

Happy Wheels Cart Operator

  • Identify new families in hospital common areas and welcome them to use our space
  • Track the number of families who utilize the cart
  • Set up, operate, and tear down the cart
  • 3 hour shift, 9am-12pm, Mondays

Specialty Volunteer

  • Help RMH family members relax and recharge by offering your talents and expertise such as haircuts/styling, healing touch, yoga, knitting classes, etc.
  • Flexible schedule, 1-4 hours, 7 days/week

Special Event Volunteer

  • Assist with event set-up, guest registration, event operations, etc. at an RMH Signature Event and/or a community fundraiser
  • Event-specific projects also available
  • Time commitment: Varies per event

Family Activity Volunteer

  • Work with RMH Family Services Coordinator to share your talent or host an activity or special event for RMH children and adults
  • Activities may include Bingo, baking, game nights, arts & crafts, pet therapy (certification required), cooking, scrapbooking, etc.
  • After school activities held at 3pm, Mon. – Fri.
  • Evening activities are pre-arranged and advertised to families
  • Flexible schedule, 1-3 hours, 7 days/week

Once you have reviewed our individual opportunities, discover how to become a volunteer.

Housewarmer

  • Assist with light cleaning, organizational projects, laundry, and other tasks to prepare rooms for families; may also include occasional office or reception duties
  • Flexible schedule, 2-3 hours, weekly or biweekly

Specialty Volunteer

  • Help RMH family members relax and recharge by offering your talents and expertise such as haircuts/styling, healing touch, yoga, knitting classes, etc.
  • Flexible schedule, 1-4 hours, 7 days/week

Special Event Volunteer

  • Assist with event set-up, guest registration, event operations, etc. at an RMH Signature Event and/or a community fundraiser
  • Event-specific projects also available
  • Time commitment: Varies per event

Family Activity Volunteer

  • Work with RMH Family Services Coordinator to share your talent or host an activity or special event for RMH children and adults
  • Activities may include Bingo, baking, game nights, arts & crafts, pet therapy (certification required), cooking, scrapbooking, etc.
  • After school activities held at 3pm, Mon. – Fri.
  • Evening activities are pre-arranged and advertised to families
  • Flexible schedule, 1-3 hours, 7 days/week

Once you have reviewed our individual opportunities, discover how to become a volunteer.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer groups have a huge impact on our chapter’s ability to house, feed and care for families. 

Visit our Cooks for Kids page to sign-up for this great group opportunity.

For all other group opportunities described below, email us.

Overview

Groups ranging in size from three to 15 people, depending on location, purchase, prepare and serve buffet-style meals to the families at our four metro area sites every day of the year. Ideal for corporate teams, neighborhood friends, faith groups, book club, sport teams and more, the Cooks for Kids program is a fun and rewarding way to support families facing a child’s serious medical situation.

  • CFK dinner groups typically volunteer from 3:00pm to 7:30pm, however CFK During the Day, offered at 3 of our 4 sites (RMH-Oak Street - Minneapolis and our two St. Paul locations), is ideal for groups looking for a daytime volunteer activity (9:00am-5:00pm).
  • CFK brunch groups typically arrive at 9am and depart at approximately 12:30pm. Brunch is offered on Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Note: CFK volunteers must be at least 14 years old; in addition, volunteers 14-17 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

More info and sign-up

Overview

When volunteer groups tackle larger projects, the results are immediately evident and much appreciated! Offered at the Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street, at our original house and cornerstone program, Lend a Hand projects may include:

  • Landscaping or gardening
  • Light building or assembly
  • Cleaning and organizing
  • Preparing meals to be delivered to our three hospital locations
  • Lend a Hand groups may also choose the CFK During the Day program – see the Cooks for Kids section above

Email us for more information or call 612.767.2795

  • Groups can be up to 15
  • Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 1pm or 1pm – 3pm.
  • Please note: All on-site volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Overview

Each month, a volunteer group plans and hosts a birthday party at RMH-Oak Street to celebrate that month’s birthdays.

  • Time & date: 6:30 – 7:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month
  • Location: The Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street, Minneapolis
  • Number of children: 15-20
  • Volunteer group’s responsibilities: Plan 1-3 fun kid-friendly activities and provide cake (or alternate dessert), candles, beverages and decorations

Email us for more information or call 612.767.2795

Overview

We invite your group to host Book Club with the students at RMH-Oak Street. You'll read one-on-one or in small groups with the kids, and then join them for lunch and recess.

  • When: Fridays, 11am-1pm
  • Location: The Ronald McDonald House – Oak Street, Minneapolis
  • Number of children: 5-20, depending on current enrollment of the RMH School
  • Number of volunteers: 8-10 volunteers is ideal
  • How it works: RMH staff selects books based upon each student’s reading level and interests. Volunteers and students read together for 20-30 minutes, and then enjoy pizza lunch and recess.
  • Note: We greatly appreciate if your group pays for lunch, but it is not a requirement.
  • Volunteers must be over the age of 14 and healthy to volunteer.
Sign-up Email us for more information or call 612.767.2795

Overview

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 us for more information or call 612.767.2795

Overview

We rely on volunteers of all ages to provide a home-away-from-home to families facing a child’s critical illness or injury. Thank you for considering these meaningful opportunities.

Coin/Cash/Gift Card Collection: Share our mission by organizing a loose change or gift card collection drive. We have many ways to make it a fun and interactive experience.

Fundraising: From a bean bag toss tournament to a pancake breakfast, the sky is the limit for raising money to support our mission. Comradery in planning and building community are all a part of this fun experience. To ensure success and reduce your costs, we offer staff assistance with signage, event promotion and other items along with expert fundraising tips and suggestions.

In-Kind Drive: We depend on many regular household items every day and appreciate your consideration of our “wish list” of most needed products. Organizing a drive to gather items we use daily at the House is a meaningful way to contribute. Staff can provide ideas and advice as you create your drive. View our current list.

Snack Items: We are always in need of ‘grab and go’ snacks. Snacks can either be collected individually or put in separate snack bags that are then distributed to families at all our four Twin Cities locations.

Pop Tab Collection: Every year our Pop Tab Program raises more than $20,000 a year. Participating schools, businesses and community organizations collect and then drop off their tabs at RMHC-UM where they are then recycled. We provide a variety of materials including templates to advertise pop tab collection campaigns, collection boxes, fliers, lesson plans for elementary school students to learn more about our mission and the many lasting benefits of recycling.

Information on Visiting RMHC-UM: We want to celebrate you at RMHC-UM! Let us know when you are dropping off your monetary, pop tab or in-kind contributions so we can meet and thank you and take a photo.

To get started, please contact one of our Community Engagement Coordinators:

  • Libby Myhran / Email 612.238.8101
  • Marge Kajer / Email 612.767.2791

 


 

Apply to become an individual volunteer

Individuals who commit to a reoccurring volunteer shift are at the heart of the House that Love Built. We cannot serve over 6,600 families a year without you. Thank you for your interest in becoming a reoccurring individual volunteer!

Note: All RMHC-UM reoccurring individual volunteer positions require a background check and up-to-date immunizations. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Volunteers that are 14-17 years old must volunteer with a parent/guardian that has also completed the application process.

Become an RMHC-UM Reoccurring Individual Volunteer

  1. Register for an upcoming orientation session and complete the volunteer application here (this is done concurrently). If you are unable to attend any of the listed orientation sessions, you will still be able to move forward with the application. After completing the application, you will receive a confirmation email with next steps. Next steps include:
  2. Pass criminal background check – This is easy! You will receive an email from Sterling Volunteers within 48-72 hours of completing your application. The email includes a link so that you can facilitate the background check from your phone, tablet or computer.
  3. Submit immunization records to our offices. Immunizations are required for all staff and volunteer positions as a way to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our families, many of whom have a child with compromised immune systems.  Download immunization info
  4. Attend orientation session where you’ll learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest as well as important information to help you get started as a volunteer. You’ll tour our original and cornerstone program at our Oak Street location and get to ask lots of questions!
  5. Based on your interests and availability, we’ll get you scheduled to join us weekly or every other week at one of our four metro locations. Thank you for supporting RMHC-UM families!
Apply now


If you have any questions about the individual volunteer application process, please email Shelle Baker or call 612-767-2794.

Group volunteer opportunities, such as Cooks for Kids, Book Club, and Lend-A-Hand, do not require an application, immunizations, or orientation session. Visit the Group Volunteer Opportunities section of our website to learn more or please email the volunteer team or call us at 612-238-8100.