If you would like to be a part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities’ family, please complete the application form.
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. You let us know what works best for you. Please note that all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. If under the age of 18, the volunteer must be accompanied by an adult.
Meal Program Come to the Ronald McDonald House to cook a meal for our families any day of the week and ease their burden of having to be in the kitchen instead of their child’s bedside. This is a great opportunity for a group of 6 or more people to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner. Please review the food preparation guidelines [PDF download].
House Warmers Assist families and volunteer groups and help with administrative duties, cleaning and organizing . Also, any extra help needed with special projects/parties, mailers etc. You must be a consistent volunteer for at least one 4-hour shift, two days per month. Shifts are Mon – Sun: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m./ 11 a.m. – 3 p.m./ 1 p.m. – 5 p.m./ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. View our House Warmers schedule here.
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.
Design a Fundraiser Organize a tournament or contest and designate the House as the recipient of the proceeds. For example: provide employees with incentives such as casual Friday if they donate. Fundraising Agreement Form [PDF]
Event Volunteers Support our fundraisers, the Big MAC Open, Red Shoe Ball and Highmark Walk. Registration assistants, hole spotters, 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 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. You can prepare for approximately 12-30+ individuals.
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, toiletries, 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. Pop Tab Brochure [PDF]
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 not styrofoam products. We only use “Brightly Green” cleaning products for the House. 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, please contact 412.246.1103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.