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Learn how you can help families today

In response to Covid-19, we have select volunteer programs on pause. There are still many ways to support the Ronald McDonald House! 

Sign up to support our meal program or volunteer at a special event. For questions about getting involved or to be notified of program reinstatement updates, please email Taylor Olson

Be a part of the House that Love Built

When you volunteer, you have an immediate impact on families with seriously-ill or injured children.

We have a faithful force of 10,000 volunteers who make the House a home for families. We have an opportunity that's perfect for you. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Ronald McDonald House! 

Volunteering has been a very meaningful part of our lives.

Housewarming Volunteers at RMH–Oak Street

Volunteers...Why We Do It

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

One person can make a world of difference in the life of a kid or family. Individual volunteers make the House a home as they bring their individual skills and talents to work. We also have fun opportunities at our special events.        

Thank you for exploring volunteerism at the Ronald McDonald House!

It's an exciting place to volunteer and we look forward to you being with us.

Please note: In response to Covid- 19, RMHC-UM has paused its 10,000-strong volunteer program.

For questions or to be notified of program reinstatement updates, please email Mara Mathison

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

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
  • Contact Taylor Olson at [email protected] if you are interested in an individual volunteer position. An application, background check and immunization record will be required.

Email Mara Mathison if you are interested in an individual volunteer position. An application, background check and immunization record will be required.

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

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

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

Individual opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House in Duluth will be posted here as they become available.

Thank you for applying to become a reoccurring individual volunteer.


Please 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attend an 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!
  • 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!
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Questions or need more information?

Email Mara Mathison

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Work teams, book clubs, faith groups. There is strength in numbers. We have an opportunity for your group to come together and volunteer with us. We'd love to have you!

Cooks for Kids

Our #1 service.
Groups sponsor, prepare, and serve meals to families at our five MN locations every day of the year.

Currently, small groups are invited to serve dinner and brunch at RMH–Oak Street and RMH–Children's in Minneapolis. Two volunteers are invited to do [email protected] at RMH–Oak Street.

Special Event Volunteers

Help raise funds and awareness for the House.

Special events raise funds while building awareness of our programs. Whether at our signature events or a community fundraiser, volunteers play a key role in making the day a success.

Visit the link below or email Taylor Olson for more information.

Youth & At-Home Opportunities

Get creative with the kids at home

Caring people of all ages can help the House that Love Built. Youth groups can organize a Wish List Drive, for example. and focus on some or all of the items on our Wish Lists.

Birthday Party

Craft a celebration for the kids at the House.

A volunteer group of up to 10 (14+) plans a monthly birthday party at Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street.

Birthday parties takes place during dinner from 6:00-7:00pm. Your group would plan 1-3 fun kid-friendly activities and provide cake (or alternate dessert) for 80-100 people, candles, beverages, and decorations.

Book Club

Reading with kids and pizza. What's not to love?

A volunteer group hosts monthly book clubs for 8-10 kids. 11:30am – 12:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month at The Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street, Minneapolis. RMHC–UM staff selects books based upon each child’s reading level, interests, etc.

You will read a book with the kids and stay for pizza lunch with the kids. Groups are welcome to pay for the pizza but are not required to do so.

Lend-A-Hand

When volunteer groups of 5-25 tackle larger projects, the results are immediate and so appreciated.

Light assembly, landscaping or gardening, cleaning, disinfecting, organizing, preparing for fundraisers and events, preparing freezer meals.

Shifts are available Monday – Friday between 9:30am and 4:30pm. Typically a 2.5 hour shift which includes time for a tour of the House. Please note that all on-site volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

We hope you volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House!

Please contact us with questions or more information by calling our VOLUNTEER LINE at 612.238.8100.

Volunteer STAFF

Taylor Olson

Taylor Olson

Volunteer Program Manager

612.767.2790 Email

Mara Mathison

Mara Mathison

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

612.767.2795 Email