Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario Volunteer

Benefits of Volunteering

We rely on the help of our volunteers to provide a home to everyday moments for families of sick children. Our families rely on a friendly smile and a welcome ear as they travel their child’s journey. We are always looking for compassionate individuals to bring comfort to families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario (RMHC®SCO) and our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®.

We love to volunteer because we get more out of it than we put in. We feel good about what we've done after every shift.

— Peter & Ginni

Some of the benefits of becoming a volunteer include:

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  • The great feeling that comes with making a difference.
  • The opportunity to be a part of something bigger.
  • The chance to meet wonderful families who are forever grateful.
  • Letters of reference to prospective employers.
  • The opportunity to attend volunteer appreciation functions and other RMHCSCO events.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
  • To build career based skills and self confidence.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I am interested in volunteering with Ronald McDonald House. How do I get started?

    Sign up for an information session to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. 

  • What are the requirements to volunteer?

    You must be 18 years of age or older to apply to volunteer and a minimum commitment of one year is expected. (Note: there are select opportunities for applicants 16 years and older to volunteer accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.)

    You must have a clear police check (criminal records and judicial matters check) no more than three months old.

    Family Room and Happy Wheels Hospitality Cart Volunteers must also provide proof of immunizations and two-step TB test.

    Once we have had a chance to review your application, if you are considered a potential candidate, we will contact you to arrange an interview.

  • Can I volunteer in more than one area?

    We place the most suitable volunteer in each position at Ronald McDonald House. Our placement decision is based on the availability of the volunteer, our scheduling needs, and the skills required for each position.  Therefore, we prefer you volunteer in one area for a minimum of six months before exploring other opportunities.  After this time, you are welcome to hold multiple roles as long as you have received appropriate training in each area.

  • How will I know what to do in my new volunteer role?

    Volunteers receive a general orientation, hands-on training and ongoing support in their roles.

  • I’m not sure I have enough time to volunteer.

    We strive to be as flexible as possible to make volunteering easier.  While we’d love to have you here often, volunteers are expected to commit to two shifts per month.  Volunteers may select from a variety of shifts.  We will work together to find a role that meets your availability and schedule.

  • What are you looking for in a volunteer?

    Volunteering with Ronald McDonald House can be a rewarding experience for those dedicated to making a positive contribution to making our House a home-away-from home. We are looking for volunteers who are customer service oriented, compassionate and dependable.

  • What does Ronald McDonald House expect of its Volunteers?

    • Treat others with respect.
    • Work as a team member.
    • Be reliable; take the commitment of volunteering seriously.
    • Understand the requirements of time and duties of the assignment before accepting them.
    • Respect confidentiality and privacy.
    • Participate fully in orientation and ongoing training.
    • Follow organization policies and guidelines
  • I am interested in volunteering with Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario, but I am more interested in employment. Are you hiring?

    The volunteer services department is not responsible for hiring paid employees. If you are interested in employment at Ronald McDonald House Charities® South Central Ontario, please review our posted opportunities.

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