Individual In-House Volunteers are essential to our mission. We rely on our volunteers to help keep the Ronald McDonald House a clean, warm and welcoming place for our families. Volunteer duties include cleaning, laundry, errands, preparing guest rooms, sorting donations, driving the shuttle van to/from the hospital, and helping with special events. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Shuttle van drivers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers are asked to commit to one regular three-hour shift per week for the duration of a semester/four months. Shifts are assigned at the beginning of each semester and are structured as 9AM-12PM, 12PM-3PM, 3PM-6PM, or 6PM-9PM. Attendance reliability is required.
Become an In-House, Weekly Volunteer
In-House Volunteers typically work one three-hour shift every week (shifts range from 9AM-12PM, 12PM-3PM, 3PM-6PM, and 6PM-9PM, seven days a week) and perform many important duties at the House in Iowa City. Duties include driving the Ronald McDonald House shuttle van to and from the hospital, taking families shopping for groceries, or helping clean rooms. No prior volunteer experience is necessary. An orientation and “on the job” training are provided at the Ronald McDonald House.
Interested in volunteering? Fill out our Online Application and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you soon.
Prepare a Meal
Serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald House or the Family Room at St. Luke’s is another great way to volunteer. Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House or using the Family Room appreciate home cooked meals following a long and stressful day at the hospital.
Just as with any home, it takes a lot of work and helping hands to keep the Ronald McDonald House tidy. We always welcome volunteer groups that are interested in performing service projects such as dusting, sweeping, and cleaning all areas of the House. Volunteer groups can also organize craft and game activities for the families and children.
Help During the Holidays
It’s always difficult for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House to be away from their home and families during the holidays. From Valentine’s Day to Christmas and Hanukkah, volunteers can assist the staff by making holiday meals and treats for the families and children. Volunteers willing to help decorate the House are also needed prior to the holiday season.
To speak with someone about arranging a volunteer opportunity please contact:
The Ronald McDonald House
The Family Room at St. Luke’s
The Family Room at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital