How Can You Help the Ronald McDonald House?

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Families across the Upstate are spending the holiday season spreading goodwill and charity through acts of kindness and volunteering. If you’re looking for a place your whole family can volunteer, consider helping out at our local Ronald McDonald House. RMHC has several opportunities for volunteers of any age, although anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What is Ronald McDonald House Charities?

RMHC provides a low-cost place for families to stay who have a critically ill or injured child in a nearby hospital. The houses offer private bedrooms, playrooms and home-cooked meals–all of which allow families to stay close to their hospitalized loved ones. There are over 350 Ronald McDonald Houses, in 63 countries and they serve more than 12,000 families each night. Locally, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas is across the street from Greenville Memorial Hospital on Grove Rd. It features 12 private rooms, laundry services, a double kitchen, a playroom and an outdoor playground.

RMHCC is always looking for volunteers, and there are several volunteer programs families can do together. To sign up for one of these programs or learn more click here.

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Cookies From the Heart

One of their most popular volunteering programs at RMHCC is baking cookies for the families in residence. Fresh-baked cookies help make staying at RMHCC feel more like home. Plus, it’s a fast treat they can grab on their way to the hospital. Groups up to 6 people can sign up for morning (10-11:30 a.m.) or mid-afternoon (2-4 p.m.) time slots. You must bring all ingredients, while RMHCC will provide cookie sheets, bowls, spatulas, cooling racks, and individuals baggies for packaging up the cookies. They have three ovens available for use. You can make any type of cookies, brownies, or blondies. They only ask that no nuts be used.

Guest Chef Program

RMHCC provides the families staying there with home cooked meals every evening. Volunteers for this program are asked to make enough food for at least 20 people. Food can be catered or prepared onsite using the kitchens and equipment at the House, which includes a gas grill, three ovens, and two stoves. Time slots for this program are every day from 4 to 6 p.m., with the meal being served at 6 p.m. According to Kristi Ayala, Director of Operations, there are several nights still available in December.

Weekend Brunch Program

Similar to the Guest Chef Program, families who’d like to help out on the weekends can sign up to make brunch. Families are asked to be there by 8 a.m., for brunch that starts at 9 a.m., both Saturdays and Sundays. Meals should be cooked at RMHCC or be catered. A pancake griddle and waffle maker are also available to use.

House Volunteers

House Volunteers are needed both during the week and weekends. They help with office tasks, yard work, housekeeping and various household tasks.

Other Ways Families Can Help

RMHCC has a wish list that includes cleaning supplies, paper goods, coffee cups, sugar packets, canned soups and protein bars. They’d also love holiday toys for children and pre-teens.

Make decorations or write Christmas cards for the families in residence.

RMHC donation boxes are located at McDonald’s restaurants and Walgreens. A donation box full of spare change can pay for a family to stay at the House for one night.

RMHCC also has volunteer opportunities for adults, individuals and groups. For more information, questions, or to sign up for one of these volunteer opportunities, please visit Ronald McDonald Hose Charities of the Carolinas website here.

Would volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House be the perfect way to give back for your family?

Meet Kristen Alcock
Kristen Alcock is a stay at home mom who loves reading, crafting and having adventures with her three children. She is one of the Branch Ambassadors for Hike It Baby Greenville, and enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her family. A former teacher, she also blogs at Wild Rumpus School House.
About the Author
Kristen Alcock lives in Travelers Rest with her husband, three kids and two dogs. A former teacher turned homeschooler, she spends her days reading, writing, doing art projects and science experiments, hiking and having adventures with her family.

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