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 Ronald McDonald House if you have questions or wish to volunteer and help the families at 419.471.4663, and ask for Portia (ext. 6107).
Volunteer Job Description
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.
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
Wash place mats, wipe and dry tables
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
Assist manager on duty with getting a guest room ready for next occupant
Assist with laundry of bathmats and kitchen towels
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)
Decorating for Holidays
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.