There are many ways you can help children and families at Ronald McDonald House Charities. Volunteers of all ages can help, however individuals under 15 years of age are asked to volunteer with a parent or another adult. Here are some great ways children and families can volunteer for The House That Love Built.
RMHC FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAYS
Families with children, elementary school aged and older, can work together on these special Saturdays to complete projects for RMHC families. While volunteering on these fun mornings your family will have the opportunity to support RMHC families in several ways. The projects you complete that day will bring smiles and comfort to families in crisis. No prior training or paperwork is needed as you will receive a brief orientation and tour when you arrive. Contact Tina Woodward if you are interested in future dates and signing up to participate.
MAKE FRIENDLY SNACKS
By making friendly snacks you can provide a snack and a smile to RMHC families. These cute food craft ideas turn red Jell-O fruit cups into ladybugs, boxes of raisins into turkeys or cheese and cracker packs into ducks. Snack items must be in original, pre-wrapped packaging.
MAKE COMFORT BLANKETS
You can make no-sew fleece blankets from fun children’s fleece fabric to give to children to brighten up their hospital room and to keep once they go home. Please search for directions for one-ply no-sew fleece blankets. The best sizes to make are between twin & lap sized blankets.
KIDS HELPING KIDS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER DAY
Youth groups can join in with other preteen and teenage volunteers at the House to support families of seriously ill children. While volunteering on this fun morning your group will have the opportunity to support RMHC families in several ways. Many of the projects you can complete will bring a smile as well as comfort to families in crisis.
For more information on these opportunities, please email or call Tina Woodward (518.438.2655)
READ FOR RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
A great opportunity for children to encourage others and support RMHC families while they do something good for themselves. In addition to helping children and families of the Ronald McDonald House, this program promotes the value of community service, and encourages reading. Readers are asked to gather sponsor pledges from their friends and family –any amount per minute or hour they read. Then they are encouraged to read as much as they can during the month and then just collect the donations from their sponsors. This can be done by children at their school or on their own, clubs and youth groups and classrooms. If a whole school participates there is a wonderful assembly program to inspire the students along with other benefits. For more information, please email or call Nancy Damato (518-438-2655).
PLAN AN EVENT
You can hold a party, a bowl-a-thon or another fun event to encourage others to join in and help too. Your efforts could be a lot of fun and raise much needed funds to assist RMHC. For more information on planning an event for RMHC-CR, please visit our Organize an Event page.
Youth Leadership Opportunities
A leadership position offering high school students the opportunity to represent their school and community in support of RMHC-CR. Members become more active in community service by supporting RMHC-CR programs, they raise awareness and encourage support in their school and community, and gain leadership skills. The programs serve both RMHC-CR by providing important service to the organization, and to the student, by providing an enriching experience that will give them knowledge and understanding of every aspect of running a non profit organization.
Teen Ambassadors (10th, 11th & 12th grade)
Teen Ambassadors commit to individual service to the House, assist with RMHC-CR fundraising, participate in House and Family Room events, promote RMHC-CR in their community, and lead the Kids Helping Kids Community Day at the Ronald McDonald House.
Teen Board (11th & 12th grade)
Officers selected from experienced Teen Ambassadors meet the Teen Ambassador commitments, and plan and carry out annual Teen Ambassador activities.
For more information on Youth Leadership Opportunities, please email or call Tina Woodward (518.438.2655).