“The best part of volunteering (at the Ronald McDonald House) is the sheer joy of working with others to provide solace and comfort to families in need. The atmosphere in the House is warm and friendly made even better by the smell of cookies baking in the kitchen. A very special place.”
~ Amie, RMHC of Idaho volunteer
Volunteers are a crucial part of helping Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho keep families together. Every year, volunteers provide over 10,000 hours of service for the House. You can volunteer with your family, co-workers, or friends with most shifts lasting about two hours. As a volunteer, you may choose to prepare a meal, bake treats, tend to the yard, work a fundraising event, or help with projects around the House to keep it clean and comfortable. There is sure to be a project that you will enjoy, plus you’ll be helping us support families with sick children.
It’s easy to sign up for a volunteer shift through our VolunteerLocal online calendar. Simply follow the steps below:
- Submit an online registration form for each person interested in volunteering
- When registering, you can use the same email address for all family members, allowing your accounts to be linked
- After filling out the registration form, you will receive a confirmation email
- Once registered, you can sign up for volunteer shifts through the baking, meal preparation, House projects, and fundraising events calendars below. Volunteer opportunities are listed through December 2019
- Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Micaela de Loyola-Carkin, with any questions
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Food from the Heart
A home-cooked meal or baked good goes a long way in helping to make the Idaho Ronald McDonald House a comfortable place to stay.
For meal preparation or baking groups of 2 to 6 people, please note that all shifts close after one person has signed up for the shift. This ensures that other people outside your group will not sign up for your shift. If you have others joining you, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Micaela, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will send you a password to share with your group so they can also sign up for the shift.
For meal preparation or baking groups of 7 or more people, please contact Micaela at email@example.com or 208-336-5478 ext. 123 before signing up for any shifts.
To see which meals and baked goods are already on the calendar, view our Monthly Food Calendar.
We strive to keep the Ronald McDonald House clean, organized, and welcoming, but we would not be able to do this without volunteers. As a House projects volunteer, you might sweep the patios, sanitize the playroom toys, wipe out kitchen drawers, or put away a donation.
For House projects groups of 2 to 4 people, please note that all shifts close after one person has signed up for the shift. This ensures that other people outside your group will not sign up for your shift. If you have others joining you, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Micaela, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will send you a password to share with your group so they can also sign up for the shift.
For House projects of 5 or more people, please contact Micaela at email@example.com or 208-336-5478 ext. 123 before signing up for any shifts.
Large Volunteer Groups
If you have a group of 7 or more people for meal preparation or baking volunteer shifts or a group of 5 or more people for House projects volunteer shifts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-336-5478 ext. 123 before signing up for any shifts.
Our CORE volunteers are volunteers who make a long-term commitment to volunteer two to four times a month at a regular shift. CORE volunteers will often work the front desk, run our Happy Wheels Hospitality Carts, or come in regularly to bake/prepare meals. If you’re interested in becoming a CORE volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Micaela de Loyola-Carkin at email@example.com or 208-336-5478 ext. 123.
Event Volunteer Opportunities
Our two major fundraisers are the Western States CAT-Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho Sporting Clays Tournament and the J.R. Simplot Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho. Volunteers play an important role in the success of these events.
May 31 & June 1, 2019
Sporting Clays is a clay target game designed to simulate field shooting. On the Sporting Clays course, shooters will be presented with a variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds.
Our goal is to provide an enjoyable event for everyone who participates. All proceeds from this event through sponsorships, donations, side games, and the silent auction are used locally to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho programs.
There are a variety of shifts available with most shifts being a four-hour commitment.
September 18, 2019
The Golf Tournament is a one-day four-person scramble. In addition to the challenge of this beautiful course, there will be contests on the holes to make the round exciting and fun for all skill levels.
There are several volunteer opportunities available with time commitments from two to six hours.
Volunteer shifts will be posted to the online calendar in July.
Red Shoe Shindig
February 27, 2020
Stay tuned for more information about volunteer opportunities for this event.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
In summer of 2019, we will be opening a Ronald McDonald Family Room within Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. While we don’t have any volunteer opportunities available for the Family Room right now, those interested in volunteering at the Family Room in the future can contact our Director of Programs in Eastern Idaho, Warren Maxfield, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208)-227-2898. To learn more about the Ronald McDonald Family Room, visit rmhcidaho.org/familyroom.
Other Ways to Help
Even if you don’t live in Boise or just can’t make it to the House, there are still ways you can help support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho and the families we serve.
- Knit hats, scarves or blankets for babies, kids, and adults – a variety of sizes and colors are great
- Make homemade cards – thank you, happy birthday, and blank note cards with an envelope included
- Collect pop tabs and drop them off at a local recycling center and ask the proceeds to be put on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho account
- Organize a wish list, welcome bag, toy, or Happy Wheels Cart drive
- Purchase items from one of our Amazon wish lists and have it shipped to the House
We have a variety of opportunities throughout the year for Eagle Scouts to complete their Volunteer Service designation. If the Eagle Scout has a project in mind or would like to discuss different opportunities available please contact Micaela de Loyola-Carkin, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com or (208) 336-5478 ext. 123.