Make a Difference

Your gifts and talents can make a big difference – whether volunteering as an individual or with a group, coming on a regular basis, or as you can. Volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and resources help offset costs and allow us to direct more back to supporting children and their families. On behalf of our families, we say, ‘thanks’ and invite you to find your own volunteer opportunity.

Due to the unique nature of volunteer placements, we are unable to accept court mandated community service volunteers.

Family Room Volunteer

Family Room Volunteer

As a Family Room Volunteer, you will provide a warm welcome and supportive atmosphere to families coming to use our Ronald McDonald Family Room. Our Family Room is inside Carilion Clinic and provides a break from the hospital setting for the families of pediatric patients. You would register guests, perform simple record-keeping, light housekeeping, and offer tours of the Family Room to visitors.

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House Volunteer

House Volunteer

As a House Volunteer, you welcome families to The Ronald McDonald House. It may be a warm, friendly smile to a returning family or helping a family settle in for the first time. Other duties may include giving House tours, maintaining a home-like environment and providing support to House staff. Day and evening shifts are available. Minimum age requirement is 16 years old.

You don’t have to leave your house to help ours when you enjoy some of these opportunities: Make quilts, craft packs, hold a FUNdraiser through our new online fundraising platform and get your friends and family involved.

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House Companion

House Companion

House Companions are trained as staff and directly support the Manager on Duty. House Companions provide an atmosphere of friendship and hospitality for families and patients with serious illness or injury. They should possess qualities of friendliness, positive attitude, dependability, and work as a team member.

Requires higher level training and commitment. Serious applicants only, please.

Optional for applicants: Periodically a House Companion may be asked to cover a shift in which case this becomes a paid position.

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Meals from the Heart

Meals from the Heart

Cooking a home-cooked meal is one of the most important ways we can provide our guest families with the comfort of home, especially after a long day at the hospital. Thanks to our Meals from the Heart Program, meals are prepared nightly by individuals and community groups.

We have a large commercial kitchen to prepare meals on site served buffet style between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

See our Meals from the Heart Handbook regarding food preparation guidelines.

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Maintenance & Grounds Volunteers

Maintenance & Grounds Volunteers

Help keep our house functioning and looking beautiful for the families we serve. Volunteers with varying maintenance skills are needed on a regular basis. Prefer working outside? We need volunteers to rake leaves, tend to our flower beds, and keep our grounds looking beautiful.

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Event Volunteers

Event Volunteers

As a Special Event Volunteer, you play a critical role in our special events which raise funds for our organization. Our special events throughout the year include Rock-a-Tee, Golf Tournaments, Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Special Occasions.

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Become an Ambassador

Become an Ambassador

Have you or someone you know been touched by Ronald McDonald House Charities or are you someone that simply cares about keeping families close? Then we need you! Ambassadors keep us connected in their communities by promoting us at local events, distributing Ronald McDonald House Charities materials, conducting fundraisers, and other creative ways to inspire the community.

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Teen Ambassador

Teen Ambassador

A leadership position offering high school students the opportunity to represent RMHC raising awareness and encouraging support in their school and community.

Volunteers receive thorough knowledge of our charity and engage regularly with Ronald McDonald House Director of Development.

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Group Volunteering

Group Volunteering

At least one member of the group will act as a representative and primary contact for the entire group and complete the online Group Volunteer Application. As the representative, the person who completes this application will be required to indicate agreement to RMH policies, rules, code of conduct, releases and guidelines for all members of the group.

Individuals 16 or younger must be accompanied by a parent at all times and you must be 16 or older to cook.

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Hold a Fundraiser

Hold a Fundraiser

RMHC has a strong brand recognition and important mission but we have a small staff and limited resources. When you host a fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House everybody wins, especially the families of sick children. There are so many fun ideas out there we can’t wait to hear yours.

Checkout our new FUNdraising online platform and challenge other groups to get involved. When you promote little friendly competition benefiting the families of sick children everybody wins!

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Opportunities in the House

Opportunities in the House

It takes a lot to keep this House beautiful for our families. We have several task indoors including: Deep cleaning available guest rooms, cleaning and organizing the pantry and cabinets, polishing woodwork, cooking up casseroles to freeze or cooking a meal for our guests.

Outdoor Opportunities

Outdoor Opportunities

It’s a day out of the office and the last thing you want is to be indoors. No problem! Our grounds require a lot of work. From weeding, raking, spray washing, sweeping, trimming, or cleaning, each season brings its own challenging debris.

Special Events

Special Events

We often have opportunities to receive contributions in exchange for groups of volunteers for various venues in our community such as the Roanoke Greek Festival, Up on the Roof in Downtown Blacksburg, First Fridays, Stocked Market, or Party in the Park.

Contact our Director of Special Events to find out a schedule of events.

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RMHC Special Teams

RMHC Special Teams

Big projects require special teams. Whether it’s putting away our Christmas decorations, moving furniture, changing out mattresses, or painting, we need your help.

Let us know if you want to be considered for our RMHC Special Teams call list.

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