We Can Use Your Help
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House of Siouxland. We hope the information below will be helpful to you in deciding which area would best suit your particular interests and schedule.
Role of the Volunteer
The goal of all who are associated with the Ronald McDonald House of Siouxland is to make a family’s stay as easy and uncomplicated as possible. Although our residents are going through a very traumatic time in their lives, no counseling is offered by the staff or volunteers. These services, along with medical services, are provided to the family by area institutions and professionals. A good volunteer, like a good friend, is always helpful as an understanding listener and must always respect the confidentiality of what is overheard or told to them.
As a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, you will find that the majority of the work here calls for the willingness to give a little of yourself.
In order to make your experience as a volunteer a good one, as well as provide the kind of atmosphere desired within the House, our only qualifications are:
- Flexibility (must be able to deal with a variety of people and situations)
- Must have a desire to help those in need
- Must be a good listener
- Must be able to follow instructions
- Must have a willingness to share skills and interests
- Must understand the need for respect of others
- Must respect the need for confidentiality
If you can look at this list and say, “That’s me!” – come join us!! By joining the volunteer staff at Ronald McDonald House of Siouxland, you are helping keep families close.
Family Lunch Program Volunteers
Family Lunch Program Volunteers can help in two ways:
1. Decorate Lunch Sacks
You can follow the guidelines here: Lunch Sack Decorating Guidelines
2. Pack Family Lunches.
Lunches are packed and delivered Tuesday-Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Individuals and groups are welcome. You may bring your own ingredients, or we will purchase what you need to make the meal. To sign up to help, click here: RMHC Family Lunch Program
The role of an In-House Volunteer is to help the staff with the daily operations of the House and provide hospitality and a caring atmosphere for our guests. As a volunteer, you will be asked to do various tasks and your responsibilities may vary from time to time. Keep in mind that the comfort of our guests depends a lot on YOU, the volunteer.
- Answer Telephones
- Assist with clerical duties
- Help check-in and check-out families
- Light housekeeping
- Help give tours of the House
- Assist with mailings
- Miscellaneous duties as requested by Staff
We work with each volunteer to accommodate your schedule. We want you to serve our families during a time that is best for you.
Caring Cooks/Guest Chefs
This volunteer opportunity allows individuals and groups to provide for the weekly family meal that we host here at Ronald McDonald House of Siouxland. We also provide snacks and grab-n-go meals at the RMHC Family Kitchen located at UnityPoint/St. Luke’s Hospital.
All food for snacks and meals must be prepared at the House in one of our kitchens or brought in from a commercial kitchen (like a restaurant) or prepackaged from a grocery store. The House can no longer accept food that isn’t prepared at the House or brought in from a non-commercial kitchen or grocery store. You or your group may do this on a regularly scheduled basis or only occasionally. To sign up go to: RMHC Siouxland Caring Cooks Calendar
Silver Cord Volunteer Team Member
This group of local students serve the Ronald McDonald House of Siouxland in a variety of ways all while earning community service hours for Silver Cord recognition. Depending on your availability, you will be given the opportunity to serve in one of the other volunteer roles and even fundraising and special events.
Fundraising & Special Events Assistant
Work with the Executive Director and Special Events Planner on fundraising campaigns. We have several scheduled fundraisers each year that require mailings, poster distribution, coordination of some area of the fundraiser and actually working at the fundraiser.