The Ronald McDonald House has been around since it was established in the Fall of 1974, and ever since, RMHC has been helping the families of sick children everywhere stay together. But none of what the organization accomplishes would be possible without the help of the 305,000 volunteers and staff members that donate their time to RMHC Chapters worldwide.  The Ronald McDonald House of Delaware is supported by over 400 volunteers and is always looking for more teenagers, college students, and adults to join the team.  To get involved with your local RMHC, see below for contact information and details on volunteer opportunities!  Or go online to http://www.rmhc.org for more information.

RMHC of DE:

  • Email the volunteer manager, Sara Funaiock, at s.funaiock@rmhde.org; write “Volunteer Inquiry” in the subject of the email
  • Or call her at 302-428-5340
  • Below is a list of some duties of House Volunteers during a shift.  This is a commitment of one 3-hour shift per week, for 10 weeks:

Answering phones

Greeting guests and visitors

Giving tours to families checking in

Helping with guest room preparation

Restocking pantries and closets with supplies

Helping with kitchen duties: loading and unloading dishwashers and wiping down surfaces

For more details go to this website: http://www.rmhde.org/teen-student-volunteers

RMHC of Philadelphia:

Opportunities For Volunteers 18 and up:
Volunteers staff the House from 9am to 9pm, seven days a week.  We have three different shifts of volunteers: 9am-1pm, 1pm-6pm, and 6pm-9pm (at least six people volunteer on each shift.)  All who serve as volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be responsible to volunteer as scheduled. Volunteers must be willing to make a minimum commitment to volunteering twice a month for one year.  Volunteer duties vary depending on the day of the week, time of day, and occupancy rate. Below is a list of some duties that volunteers participate in at the House:

  • Greet and welcome families and visitors to the House
    • Register families into the House
    • Answer phone calls from hospital personnel, families, and visitors
    • Assist with mailings
    • Provide support for special events
    • Write thank you letters to donors
    • Assist with clerical or data entry work
    • Help keep the kitchen and public areas well organized
    • Assist volunteer groups with the evening meal
    • Drive the van at scheduled times or as needed (additional training necessary)

Volunteer Opportunities for Students:

Students must be able to commit to volunteering twice per week over a period of eight weeks from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. If you are interested in learning about student opportunities, please contact Linda Parry, Director of Volunteers, at 215-387-8406

For more information, go to this website: http://www.philarmh.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Blair Isken ’16