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Volunteers are the heart of the House that Love Built

Volunteering

Our Volunteers are the Heart of the House

Makea 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.

Share your time and talents to help make our programs a comfortable and caring environment for the over 6,700 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

Robin Bridge

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

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 Shelle Baker at sbaker@rmhtwincities.org 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

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

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

Group Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer groups have a huge impact on our chapter’s ability to house, feed and care for over 5,400 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.

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 of 5-25 people tackle larger projects, the results are immediately evident and much appreciated! Offered at Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street, at our original house and cornerstone program, Lend-a-Hand projects may include:

  • Light building or assembly
  • Landscaping or gardening
  • Cleaning, disinfecting and organizing
  • Preparing supplies for upcoming fundraisers and events
  • Preparing freezer meals
  • Lend-a-Hand groups may also choose the CFK During the Day program – see Cooks for Kids section above

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

Email us to schedule your group or call 612.767.2795

Overview

Each month, a volunteer group plans a birthday party at Ronald McDonald House on Oak Street. Your group of up to 10 volunteers (14+ years old) are invited to host! Birthday parties takes place during dinner from 6:00-7:00pm. As the Host, your group would plan 1-3 fun kid-friendly activities and provide cake (or alternate dessert) for 80-100 people, candles, beverages, and decorations.

Email us to schedule your group or call 612.767.2795

Overview

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 612.767.2795

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

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.

Email us for more information or call 612.767.2795

  • Note: Youth aged 14-17 may also participate in a Cooks for Kids group provided they are accompanied by an 18+ year old adult.
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    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 6,700 families each 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.
    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!

    If you have any questions about the individual volunteer application process, please contact Shelle Baker at sbaker@rmhtwincities.org or 612.767.2794.

    Apply Now

    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 contact the volunteer team at volunteer@rmhtwincities.org or 612.238.8100.