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Volunteer: Eastern Idaho Family Room

**Coronavirus and other infectious diseases**

Updated September 16, 2020. We are monitoring this situation and will continue updating the information below. 

Based on current information we have today as it pertains to COVID risks and best practices from state and federal health organizations, and following our operational policy (which aligns us with our partner hospitals processes during a pandemic), in-person volunteer shifts at the Family Room are suspended through the end of 2020. The suspension of in-person volunteer opportunities, including meals, will not be lifted until restrictions are lifted for some of the volunteering and visitation policies at our partner hospitals.

This is disappointing to all of us, as our volunteers are the heart of making our programs work. We will continue to find ways during this strange time to keep you involved and engaged as an active part of the RMHC family.

You can still help families at the Family Room by contributing to our fundraiser to support meals for families at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. You can also sponsor a meal and have it delivered to the Family Room. If you’re interested in sponsoring a meal, contact Sarah at 208-227-2898 or sarah@rmhcidaho.org

Find updates, resources, and local information on coronavirus here

Please contact Sarah at 208-227-2898 or sarah@rmhcidaho.org with any questions. 


The Ronald McDonald Family Room at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is open and serving families with sick children. Now that the Family Room is serving families, we need volunteers to help keep the space running and ensure families are receiving the comfort and support they need. Below is information on how to volunteer at the Family Room:

Help Feed Our Families

Feeding families with sick children at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center is a huge part of what we do at the Ronald McDonald Family Room. We provide three meals a day to families in the pediatric areas of the hospital. In order to provide these meals, we rely on support from the community.

You can help us ensure families are well fed and supported by sending meals to the Family Room. You can order from local restaurants or even provide gift cards, a great way to support local families. Sign up to provide a meal here.

CORE volunteers: 

Our CORE volunteers are individuals 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 or come in regularly to bake and/or prepare meals. If you’re interested in becoming a CORE volunteer for the Family Room, please reach out to our Family Room Coordinator, Sarah Patterson, by email (sarah@rmhcidaho.org) or by calling 208-227-2898.

Sign Up for a Front Desk Shift

Take A Virtual Tour of the Family Room

Food From The Heart:

Please note all Food From The Heart volunteer shifts are currently suspended. 

A home-cooked meal or baked good goes a long way in helping to make the Ronald McDonald Family Room a comfortable place to stay.

For meal preparation or baking groups, 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 Sarah at sarah@rmhcidaho.org. She will send you a password to share with your group so they can also sign up for the shift.

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 or meal preparation calendar below
  • Please email Sarah at sarah@rmhcidaho.org with any questions.

Baking Calendar

Meal Preparation Calendar

Food from the Heart Volunteer Information – Family Room