Volunteer Application Form

If you would like to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ family, please complete the application form.

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Volunteers Make the Difference

By sharing your time, talent and energy, you can make a difference in the lives of the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Both individuals and groups are needed. You can donate your time regularly or on a project by project basis. All activities must be scheduled ahead of time with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Meal Program  Prepare a home cooked meal in our Community Kitchen and set up buffet style. Our kitchen is supplied with all of the cookware that you will need. It is your decision if you want to include drinks and dessert. Please provide paper plates and bowls. Meals must be prepared on-site. Volunteers must be 18 years of age unless accompanied by an adult. (2-6 volunteers. Maximum of 10) Please review the Food Preparation Guidelines.

Plan to prepare for /Serving Times:
Brunch/Lunch – 40 servings/11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12 p.m.
Dinner – 60 servings/5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m.

Our kitchen consists of (2) stoves, (4 )crock pots, (2 )large roasters, (2) 14″ skillets, (2) 20qt stock pots, (4) chafing dishes and an assortment of smaller pots and pans. (1) waffle maker, (1) table top grill.

House Warmers  Become a consistent volunteer at our house! Be a Welcome Desk Concierge, become a patio host and spend time with our families. Assist families and volunteer groups or help with administrative duties, cleaning and organizing. Also, any extra help needed with special projects/parties, mailers, etc. Consistent volunteers must be 18 years old or older, be able to commit to a consistent volunteer schedule and must complete a criminal background check.

Family Social Hour  Bring snacks or desserts and plan activities for the families to do together. These events help alleviate stress, give families the opportunity to spend time together and can stimulate positive, hopeful feelings. (2-6 volunteers.  Maximum of 10)

RMHCinema:  Bring a G, PG or PG-13 movie and a supply of snacks and drinks.  For extra fun, our House has a popcorn machine!  Bringing kernels instead of microwave bags will make more to be shared.

Craft Kits/Bake & Decorate:  Put together approximately 12 + craft kits.  Parents can take these to their children to put together and enjoy during their free time. Bake and decorate cake, cookies or brownies.  Children in the House may want to participate.

Pamper Party:  Host a party with hand massages, nail painting and foot soaks.  Professionals can provide families with haircuts, chair massages or manicures.  Families truly love these events.

Performance:  If you are into entertainment, you can put on a show during dinner!  Music Concert, Magic Show, Dance Party, etc.

Wellness Activity: Rejuvenate our families with a wellness activity! (Certifications needed) Certified Therapy Dogs, dancing, yoga etc.

Decorate a Floor  Bring smiles to our families faces by decorating the doors and halls of one of our residence floors. Decorations may be holiday and/or seasonally themed. Schedule to decorate a floor in late March for Spring, late May for Summer, mid-September for Fall, and mid-November for Winter. Please no paint stripping tape or religious themes. (2-6 volunteers. Maximum of 10).

Event Volunteers  Support our  major fundraisers, the Big MAC Open, Red Shoe Ball and Highmark Walk. Registration assistants and help with set-up and clean-up are all needed to make sure the event runs smoothly.

Red Shoe Crew   A group of young professionals who provide support to RMHC of Pittsburgh. This is accomplished through volunteering at the House, fundraising for various RMHC programs, and organizing other social events to share our mission in the community.  Learn More

Welcome Bags   Welcome bags are a nice treat for guests at RMHC. This is a great project for groups that include youth volunteers under age 14.  Decorating the bags before filling them is also a fun group project for children who are interested in volunteering.  Volunteers can provide the items and assemble off-site for approximately 12-30+ individuals then schedule a time to drop off the donation.

Breakfast/Snack:  Fresh fruit, snacks, cereal bars, juice boxes and individual cereal boxes.

Busy:  Books, crayons, coloring books, small games and puzzles.

Welcome:  Current season’s decorations or cards for their room, notebooks/pens, magazines and fun straws/spoons for kids.  Small throw blankets and stuffed animals.

Pull for the House  Schools, offices, community groups and individuals can help by collecting pop tabs.  The tabs can be taken to a local scrap metal yard and weighed for cash.  You can then send us a check that will help us with our mission which is to provide our families in need with food, comfort and lodging. Or you can drop off your tabs to our House and we will take care of the recycling. Pull Tab Brochure 2016

Wish List  Only new, unused and unexpired items can be accepted for the health and safety of our families. Environmentally friendly products are appreciated, please no styrofoam products. View our Wish List here. You can also purchase through our online Amazon Wish List for an easy way to ensure we receive exactly what we need.  Please be sure to include your contact information so we can acknowledge your donation. 

For further information about volunteering, scheduling and donation, please contact Morgan Barnes at 412.246.1103 or morgan@rmhcpgh.org.