Volunteers are key to our success at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville. Volunteer opportunities include assisting families and staff at the House, caring for families in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and joining us at our annual special events. Volunteers also provide dinner for our families every evening. The meal program is a great way to get your civic or corporate group involved.
Last year, more than 16,000 hours were given generously by volunteers from the First Coast community and beyond. If you are interested in joining us, please read the information below to determine which volunteer area is a good fit for your group or for you as an individual.
We ask our individual volunteers to make one year commitment to volunteer. Volunteers should be age 16 or older. Volunteers age 13 – 15 may volunteer with a parent or guardian who is also volunteering. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted in the House.
Before completing a volunteer application, please review the volunteer opportunities available with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville.
Ronald McDonald House hosts a family waiting area on the 3rd floor of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Volunteers offer snacks, coffee, support and a listening ear. These dedicated volunteers also help answer questions families may have such as local information, hospital contacts or directions. Those who wish to serve in the Family Room must complete both the RMHC of Jacksonville volunteer application and orientation, as well as the Wolfson Children’s Hospital application and orientation. Wolfson Children’s Hospital also requires a TB test and flu shot to volunteer. Family Room volunteers must be 18 or older.
For more information about volunteering or to schedule your group for a dinner or work day, please contact our Volunteer and Outreach Manager, Amy Christus at (904) 807-4670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opportunities to volunteer in the House include working at the Front Desk, as a House Warmer, Van Driver or as a Special Programs volunteer. Our front desk volunteers greet families and guests, help answer the phones and also help families with their needs while they are staying in the House. House Warmers fill a very important role by keeping the House clean and sanitized. Depending on the shift, a House Warmer may clean up after dinner, sanitize the playroom or clean other areas of the House. They also provide a welcome environment for our families when they return home from appointments, procedures and hospital visits. Our Special Programs volunteers bring different activities to the House. Some provide an art activity or games, others do karaoke, story time or bake cookies. It’s a chance to be creative and provide a program for the families and children to enjoy. If you are interested in one of these opportunities, please complete the volunteer application at the bottom of this page.
Prepare a meal. It makes a welcomed gift for our families after they return from hospital visits. Provide nourishment and a time for our families to gather together around the table to share their hopes and fears. We also invite groups to prepare brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Caring Cooks can be a group of up to 8 individuals, ages 13 and older. When preparing a weeknight dinner, groups should plan a meal for 75 people. On weekends, groups should plan a meal for approximately 50 people. Caring Cooks can obtain a dinner group registration form from Vernetta Borden our Chef/Kitchen Manager at Vborden@rmhcjax.org or 904-807-4661.
Volunteer work groups help with a variety of projects around the House, from cleaning baseboards and shutters to weeding the courtyard or washing windows.
Volunteer activity groups bring fun to the families by hosting an activity or party at the House. Some ideas include a movie or game night, a holiday party or sprinkler party in the courtyard. This is an opportunity to be creative and help our families have an enjoyable time together.
Work/Activity groups are a group of up to 8 individuals, ages 13 and older. Volunteer work/activity groups should obtain a group activity application from the Volunteer and Outreach Manager.
WISH LIST AND POP TABS
An alternative to working a regular shift in the House is to host a Wish List drive or a Pop Tab drive. Our current Wish List contains items we need throughout the year. The pop tabs are recycled and the funds from those drives help us pay for utility bills in the House.
In addition to the much needed items on our Wish List, teddy bears make great friends to the children staying at Ronald McDonald House. We welcome each child, whether they are the patient or sibling, with a new stuffed friend to hug and love. Stuffed animals must be new and have the following information on the label/package: “Complies with ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) F963”. Stuffed animals cannot have buttons, plastic parts of any kind, zippers, rhinestones, metal or vinyl snaps, closures or appliqués.
Please fill out the below volunteer application to be eligible to volunteer in the House or at the Family Room at Wolfson Children’s Hospital: