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Volunteering at RMHC-UM

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.

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.


Marc Seymour

Director of Volunteers



Shelle Baker

Individual Volunteer Coordinator



Kate Baudler

Group Volunteer Coordinator



Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Share your time and talents to help make our programs a comfortable and caring environment for the over 5,400 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

Target Driver

  • 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 Marc Seymour, 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


  • We are always in need of volunteers with specialized skills. From graphic design to gardening and technical support to teaching, volunteers enable us to support families in meaningful ways.
  • Email us if you have a special talent you’d like to share.


Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer groups have a huge impact on our chapter’s ability to house, feed and care for over 5,000 families each year. 

Visit our Cooks for Kids page to sign-up for this great group opportunity. For all other group opportunities described below, email us.


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


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 612.767.2794

  • 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.


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 612.767.2794


Each month, a volunteer group hosts the RMH kids’ book club.

  • Time & date: 11:30am – 12:30pm on the second Wednesday of every month
  • Location: The Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street, Minneapolis
  • Number of children: 8-10
  • Format: RMHC–UM staff selects books based upon each child’s reading level, interests, etc.
  • Volunteer group’s responsibilities: Read a book with the children staying at RMH-Oak Street and stay for pizza lunch with the kids
  • Note: Groups are welcome to pay for the pizza but are not required to do so

Email us for more information or call 612.767.2794


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 612.767.2794


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).

Email us for more information or call 612.767.2794

  • Note: Youth aged 14-17 may also participate in a Cooks for Kids group provided they are accompanied by an 18+ year old adult.


    Apply to become an individual volunteer

    We are excited to have you apply to volunteer at the House that Love Built and look forward to you being a part of serving families with seriously-ill or injured children. Please complete our online application and we will be in touch within a week.

    • 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. Download immunization info.
    • 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.


      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.

      If you prefer, download the application, complete it and email to the volunteer services team or mail to:

      RMHC-UM Volunteer Services
      818 Fulton St SE
      Minneapolis, MN 55414

    Group volunteer opportunities do not require an application and orientation.