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Use Your Time to Give Families More Time with Their Children

Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Metro means more time together for families with sick children.

Time is that one thing we never seem to have enough of. It becomes all the more precious when you have a child who is very sick. We take care of some of the worries—where to stay, what to eat, and where to wash clothes—so that families can spend more time with each other. You can use your time to give families more time with their sick children.

Our volunteers help families focus on what is most important—the health and well-being of their children. The children and families we serve rely on the support of volunteers to make their days easier. We welcome volunteers to contribute to a variety of meaningful and important activities every day.

A simple application and interview will help us determine how we can best use your talents to support our families. Upon the completion of the foregoing, applicants are required to pass a criminal background check and provide a health statement from their physician.

All of our volunteers receive training about the mission of RMHC New York Metro and the programs we operate that serve children and families throughout the greater New York Metro area.

Review our numerous volunteer opportunities below.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park

  • Administrative

    Administrative

    Administrative volunteers assist staff with a variety of office work, including data entry (Raisers Edge and Microsoft Excel), typing acknowledgment letters (Microsoft Word), preparing handwritten donation cards, and filing.

  • HOSPITALITY

    HOSPITALITY

    Hospitality volunteers are the liaisons between the House or Family Rooms and our local hospitals. These volunteers work closely with the house manager to ensure that families’ needs are being met during their stay.

  • Hospitality à La Carte

    Hospitality à La Carte

    Volunteers with the colorful RMHC Hospitality à la Carte cart in tow deliver much-needed toiletries, snacks, fun games, books, and toys to parents and children in their hospital room. Always arriving at “just the right time,” the volunteers and treats on the cart give an added boost of joy to the day.

  • RECEPTION

    RECEPTION

    Reception volunteers are the first point of contact for residents, guests, donors, and program volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park or at our Family Rooms at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

  • SPEAKERS BUREAU

    SPEAKERS BUREAU

    Our Speakers Bureau volunteers represent RMHC New York Metro at schools, corporations, and community events to raise awareness about our mission. They also lead guided tours of our programs for visiting volunteer groups.

  • VAN DRIVERS

    VAN DRIVERS

    Van drivers provide transportation to families for hospital visits and medical appointments and make local pickups and deliveries for RMHC New York Metro staff, as needed.

If you are interested in applying for any of these volunteer opportunities, fill out our Volunteer Application.

  • Meals from the Heart

    Meals from the Heart

    Volunteers from local businesses, community organizations, church groups, schools, families, etc., plan and prepare a brunch or dinner for our resident families. Participants must be 16 or older. Learn more or sign up now.

  • Little Hands Helping Little Hands Baking Program

    Little Hands Helping Little Hands Baking Program

    Volunteers visit our programs to bake sweet treats and desserts for the families and children staying here. All people over the age of six are welcome to participate, but the program is especially designed for children between the ages of six and 16 to teach the importance of volunteering and compassion toward others. Learn more and sign up.

  • Wish List Collections

    Wish List Collections

    Volunteers from local businesses, community organizations, church groups, schools, families, etc., may host independent Wish List drives to collect items to stock pantries or to provide items needed for families. Click here to view our Wish List. Click here to shop our Online Amazon Wish List today. Contact Lisa O’Neil, Family Services Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.

  • Advisory Board

    Advisory Board

    The advisory boards for the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park and planned Ronald McDonald House in Suffolk County are groups of business professionals who lend their time and talents to develop relationships with the community. Supporting the direction of the Chapter’s board of directors, they use their networking abilities to bring forward new ideas and initiatives to help further the Charity’s mission. While membership is by invitation only, the groups welcome the opportunity to meet new, prospective members.

If you are interested in applying for any of these volunteer opportunities, fill out our Volunteer Application.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Stony Brook Children's Hospital

  • Hospitality & Reception

    Hospitality & Reception

    Our Family Room volunteers provide a place of respite for families of children staying in the hospital.  Our volunteers are the first point of contact for visitors to the Family Room.  They offer hospitality, keep the room neat, restock snacks and beverages, maintain records, and adhere to hospital policies.

  • Van Drivers

    Van Drivers

    Our volunteer Van Drivers help the Family Room staff by making local pick-ups and deliveries to support the upkeep of our Family Rooms, as needed.

If you are interested in applying for any of these volunteer opportunities, fill out our Volunteer Application.

  • Wish List Collections

    Wish List Collections

    Volunteers from local businesses, community organizations, church groups, schools, families, etc., may host independent Wish List drives to collect items to stock pantries or to provide items needed for families. Click here to shop our Amazon Wish List today. Contact AnnMarie Mazza, Family Room Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.

  • Advisory Board

    Advisory Board

    The planned Ronald McDonald House in Suffolk Country has assembled a talented group of business professionals who lend their time and talents to develop relationships with the Suffolk County community. While membership is by invitation only, the group welcomes the opportunity to meet prospective new, prospective members.

If you are interested in applying for any of these volunteer opportunities, fill out our Volunteer Application.