Volunteer

The heart of the House is our Volunteer program. The volunteers serve in many ways, helping to make the House a comfortable and supportive place for our families.

The caring and cheerful volunteers of the PRMH are the first voices families hear on the telephone and the first smiling faces they see at the door. Whether it's planning and coordinating an evening family activity, supplying and cooking a meal for the families through our Guest Chef Program, being a part of our spring cleaning crew, or committing to volunteer on a shift each week, our volunteers make this House a home.

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 are varied 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 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)
  • Become a Guest Chef and provide home-cooked meals for our families.

While the list describes typical volunteer duties, our House is successful in serving families due to the flexibility of our volunteers. We depend on people who are willing to pitch in wherever needed.

Opportunities for Students

There are volunteer activities specially suited for high school students during the summer. 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 x404

How to Apply

If you would like to volunteer your time to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House please click here to complete the form online.

You can also contact Linda Parry at 215.387.8406. x404. Thank you for your interest in the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

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