Way to Help Ronald McDonald House – Northwest Ohio

A place that feels like home

We are 100% funded by LOCAL donations, so we depend supporters like you in order to serve seriously ill children and their families. There are several ways for you to help:

Make Meals

Individuals and/or groups are welcome to participate in the Dinner on the House program. Dinner on the House includes all areas of the Kitchen. You may choose to cook a meal or bake desserts for the families. All meals and baking must be done on the premises. This program does not have to be an evening meal only, and one of the most popular meals enjoyed by our families is breakfast. The meals prepared for our families provide a comfort that cannot be matched by a hospital cafeteria.

To download the criteria for this program, click here.

To sign up for meal preparation, please contact Wendy Bejaige, Director of Program Services, at 419-471-4663, ext. 6113 or via email at wendy@rmhctoledo.org

Meal Program Guidelines

Monetary Gifts

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Volunteer

If you would like to share your love and talents in support of the Ronald McDonald House mission, we have many opportunities for you. Whether it’s staffing the front desk, making a meal for the families, repairing a vacuum, or driving a snack cart at the annual golf outing, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio can use your help. Please download a Volunteer Application and a Background Check Form in PDF format, or learn more about the many ways you can help from the list below. You can also download a PDF of this list. Please contact the Special Event and Volunteer Coordinator at 419-471-4663 ext. 6107 if you have questions or wish to volunteer and help the families.

Duties and Responsibilities
While we do not expect all volunteers to be comfortable doing all the assignments that are available to them, we do want you to know what tasks are acceptable for volunteers to perform. Below is a list of daily chores that are performed at the House. It is quite common for volunteers to choose 2 or 3 things that they enjoy and to make them their personal tasks to perform when they are at the House. Once you have chosen your favorites, we will depend on you to perform these tasks.

House Ambassador

  • Daily Chores
  • Take care of Pull Tabs
  • Check coffee make more if needed
  • Wipe appliances in kitchen
  • Clean hanging lights in kitchen
  • Dust mop kitchen floors
  • Clean all kitchen counter tops
  • Empty dishwasher
  • Wash place mats, wipe and dry tables
  • Wash windows
  • Check supply closets on both floors and restock
  • Sweep gazebo, empty trash
  • Check linen closet on both floors and restock
  • Clean laundry rooms
  • Check and straighten playroom
  • Dust common areas
  • Bring paper supplies up from supply room
  • Sweep front entrance
  • Straighten living room and lobby, dispose of old newspapers and magazines
  • Water flowers outside in summer
  • Empty trash
  • Fold laundry
  • Assist manager on duty with getting a guest room ready for next occupant
  • Assist with laundry of bathmats and kitchen towels

Lobby Ambassador

  • Answer phones
  • Help with office work as needed
  • Give tours of the House when requested
  • Arrange transportation for guest to and from all area hospitals

Dinner on the House
Individuals and/or groups are welcome to participate in the Dinner on the House program. Dinner on the House includes all areas of the Kitchen. You may choose to cook a meal or bake desserts for the families. All meals and baking must be done on the premises. This program does not have to be an evening meal only, and one of the most popular meals enjoyed by our families is breakfast. The meals prepared for our families provide a comfort that cannot be matched by a hospital cafeteria. To download the criteria for this program, click here.

Task Specific Duties

  • Several jobs at the House are done randomly and/or as needed. Volunteers are used for these assignments based on their personal interest and the physical capabilities.
  • Inventory of pantry and storage areas
  • Organizing storage areas
  • Yard work (pulling weeds and planting)
  • Moving furniture
  • Decorating for Holidays
  • Painting
  • Sanitizing public areas

As a volunteer, keep in mind we are a twenty-two bedroom house similar to your personal home; maintaining the cleanliness of the House is, for financial reasons, a primary duty of volunteers. Not like your personal home though, is the fact that we have to remember there are several families using this house at one time. And as we would wish that all guests maintain their personal hygiene to accepted standards, we know that everyone is different. What you might perceive as clean is not necessarily what someone else might consider clean. The house provides disposable gloves for your use at all times and we ask you to use them when you perform task around the house. At no time would we ask a volunteer to clean private or public restrooms.

Wishlist Items & In-Kind Gifts

We welcome donations of services, time and expertise. The complexity of our organization provides many opportunities to contribute in this way, and allows us to direct dollars towards where it is needed most.

Our wish list will provide lots of ideas about the needs of our guests and our organization. If you are looking for a way to help and need ideas, please check our wish list below. Please contact the Ronald McDonald House Manager at 419-471-4663 if you have any questions.

Kitchen

  • Ramen noodles

  • Peanut butter

  • Jelly

  • Coffee Creamer, original and flavored cups

  • Gravy, jarred and mix

  • Stuffing mix

  • Sugar

  • Flour


Please contact the Ronald McDonald House Manager at 419-471-4663 if you have any questions.

The Founders Society

In keeping with the three community leaders whose vision and commitment built Northwest Ohio’s original Ronald McDonald House in 1982, Founders Society members provide a solid foundation for our organization. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio exists today thanks to the tireless efforts of Don Michel, Gary Yunker, and Dr. Pierre Vauthy, M.D. The Founders Society is named in tribute to their dedication to making our House a reality.

We are pleased to honor those whose generosity supports the ongoing mission of RMHC of NW Ohio. Donors making gifts of $1,000 or more annually (January 1 through December 31) are recognized as members of the Founders Society. Members receive acknowledgment in our newsletters and annual reports, at special recognition events, and on our website.

Membership in Founders Society makes you an active partner in supporting the hundreds of families who turn to Ronald McDonald House each year for help dealing with the challenges of caring for a sick child away from home.

To get your start towards becoming a member in this distinguished group of donors, click here to donate.  For more information, contact the Development Director at 419-471-4663 ext. 6019.

Naming Opportunities in the Ronald McDonald House

Buy a Brick : Support the Ronald McDonald House

In 2015, we moved in to the newly constructed Ronald McDonald House that offers an expanded “home away from home” for families with hospitalized children. Our increased number of guest rooms help us to serve more guests in a completely accessible, comfortable, and home-like atmosphere.

You can be a permanent part of this new House by purchasing a commemorative brick paver for our outside entryways. Engraved with your name, message, or company logo, your personal brick becomes a timeless way to honor a loved one’s memory, celebrate a special occasion, or proclaim your support for families in need. Best of all, you’ll help offset costs for operating our new House.

Better happens when communities work together to help others. Join other community supporters to help keep families close at the Ronald McDonald House with this permanent display.

Brick Selection

3 Line Brick

3 lines of copy14 characters max each line, inc. spaces

$100

Print the Order Form

4 Line Brick

4 lines of copy14 characters max each line, inc. spaces

$250

Print the Order Form

Image Brick

Large brick with company logo

$500

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Planned Gifts

While planned gifts can take many shapes and sizes, the simplest way to participate is to include Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio in your estate plans. You can also name us as a beneficiary on:

  • A life insurance policy
  • An annuity
  • An IRA
  • A workplace retirement plan

We have created The Shamrock Society to recognize those special donors, volunteers, and supporters who have made plans for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Ohio in their estate plans – to encourage others to do the same. There is no minimum commitment to join The Shamrock Society and a cash gift is not required. For more information, contact Michelle Kravetsky at michelle@rmhctoledo.org

Securities and Real Estate

Gifts of securities, including stocks and bonds, are a popular method of giving. When stock is transferred directly to RMHC of Northwest Ohio, you do not have to pay capital gains tax.

Donation Of Securities Form or Email info@rmhctoledo.org for more information.

Pull Tabs

Save those pull tabs from your aluminum cans. Drop off your collections to the Ronald McDonald House or your local McDonald’s restaurant. We’ll recycle them and use the funds to stock the kitchen pantry for our guests.

Each year, over 750 families stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their children receive medical care in Toledo. Thanks to our friends in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, RMHC collects pull tabs from schools, churches, libraries, factories, hospitals, service organizations, and local communities! With the money earned by recycling the tabs, we’re able to offset over half of our annual food budget.

Tabs from cat and dog food cans, food cans and beverage containers are all recyclable aluminum for the House.  Thanks to our local OmniSource recycling facility we pay nothing to recycle the tabs. They provide the container and pickup and return it to us for free when it’s full!

Why do we recycle only the tab instead of the whole can? The tab of an aluminum can is pure aluminum unlike the rest of the can, which contains paint and other residue. Tabs are convenient to store and to transport, they take up less space than cans do, and they aren’t as messy.

For information on how your school can compete in the Annual Pull Tab Collection contest, please contact our Development Coordinator at 419-471-4663 ext. 6107.

Auto Auction

Have a vehicle you want to get rid of? Let us do the work! Click on the link above to donate your vehicle today. We pick up any vehicle in any condition, fill out all the paperwork, and provide you with a receipt for your taxes! The proceeds from auctioning the car come to RMHC.

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