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Contact Us To Volunteer

Volunteers are the heart of the programs run by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville.  Caring and cheerful volunteers are often the first voices heard on the telephone and the first smiling faces seen at the door. Whether they are planning and coordinating an evening family activity, supplying and cooking a meal for the families, or committing to volunteer on a shift each week or month, our volunteers make our House and Family Room more like home.

Volunteer must be at least 18 years of age, responsible to volunteer as scheduled and must pass a background check.

Some duties volunteers handle:

  • Greet and welcome families and visitors to the House and Family Room
  • Register families into the House
  • Answer phone calls
  • Handle calls from hospital personnel, families and visitors
  • Help keep the kitchen and public areas well organized and clean
  • Assist volunteer groups with tours and meals
  • Provide home cooked meals for our families

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Host a “Wish List” Item Drive

Just like your home, ours needs a number of everyday items to keep it running. We are always in need of household supplies, food items, and cleaning supplies. We have 32 families who stay with us every night so the need for these items continues throughout the year.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room is located on the 5th floor (Pediatric Critical Care Unit) of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Family Room is a place where families can come to relax and have something to eat and drink when they feel they just need to walk away from the bedside but still need to be close to their child.

We have “Wish Lists” of items that are needed for both the House and the Family Room. If you are a member of a group or organization that is looking for a community service project, this is a great way to help those families who need the services provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville. Review a list of the Ronald McDonald House Wish List and Family Room Wish List. 

Amazon Orders can be delivered straight to RMHC of Nashville!

Click here to shop from our Amazon.com Wish List and have items shipped right to the House!

While you’re at it, why not help us keep families close by supporting RMHC of Nashville with the things you are already buying? When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. The donations can really add up with the things you are buying anyway. Here’s how to use AmazonSmile to help families in crisis:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com. We recommend bookmarking this page so you’ll land on the smile page every time you shop.
  2. Sign into your Amazon account if you’re not already, and search for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville as your charity of choice. Once you make this selection, you will receive an email confirmation. You are now ready to help keep families close to their child in your everyday purchases!

Prepare a Meal

Renovations have officially started in our dining room, kitchens and 4 room addition! These renovations will allow us to serve 4 more families every night and to provide an up to date kitchen space for families and meal groups to cook.

To achieve this, our kitchens will be closed until renovations are completed, hopefully early December. During construction, we do not have access to our kitchens, dishwashers, sinks, dishes, ovens, etc. Because of this, we can not currently accommodate groups who wish to cook at the house and/or stay to serve the families. All meals must be prepared off-site and dropped off in disposable containers. We know renovations make things tricky, but we need groups now more than ever to provide meals in order to make this house into a home during the mess of construction!

Contact Kirra at 615-343-4000 or Kirra@rmhcnashville.com if you are interested in preparing a meal for our families! Please note: Due to the generous support from the community, our meal calendar fills up weeks/months in advance. We recommend contacting Kirra ASAP to ensure a spot is available when your group is able to come.

Be an S.O.S. or “Stock our Shelves” Sponsor

For a donation of $500, food items, snacks and supplies will be purchased for the Ronald McDonald Family Room for the entire month to offer the families and friends of children in the hospital a break from corridors and waiting rooms. In recognition of your generous donation, your name will be displayed as the “S.O.S. Sponsor of the Month.” Print S.O.S Sponsor information or fill out our donation form online.

Collect pull-tabs

Individuals, schools, churches, clubs, and businesses can join in the effort. You can help support RMHC of Nashville by collecting the little tabs you pull to open soda, soup or other aluminum cans. The aluminum in that little tab is more sanitary and worth more than the whole can! The funds generated from recycling these aluminum gems helps offset the House’s expenses. Start collecting today!  Download a PDF file of our Pull-Tab program.

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**Due to the nature of the services we provide, we require all volunteers under age 18 be accompanied by an adult while in the House. We do want to promote volunteerism for teens and youth and have some projects available.

 Prepare a meal for the families

We are officially starting our kitchen renovation and 4 room addition on September 17th! Our renovation will allow us to serve 4 more families every night and to provide an up to date kitchen space for families and meal groups to cook.

To achieve this, our kitchen will be closed starting September 17th and we hope to reopen the kitchens early December. During construction, we will not have access to our kitchens, dishwashers, sinks, dishes, ovens, etc. All meals must be prepared off-site and dropped off in disposable containers. We will not be able to accommodate groups who wish to cook at the house and/or stay to serve the families. We will need groups now more than ever to provide meals in order to make this house into a home during the mess of construction!

Contact Kirra at 615-343-4000 or Kirra@rmhcnashville.com if you are interested in preparing a meal for our families! Please note: Due to the generous support from the community, our meal calendar fills up weeks/months in advance. We recommend contacting Kirra ASAP to ensure a spot is available when your group is able to come.

Baked goods

If preparing a meal seems a little overwhelming, we are always excited to receive homemade baked goods such as cookies, brownies, or any type of tasty treat.

Cleaning projects

Our 32 bedroom House, complete with kitchens, laundry room, living rooms, library, dining room and common areas can always use extra cleaning on weekends. Groups can schedule to work for several hours helping with vacuuming, dusting, sanitizing toys.

Yard work (seasonal)

We often need help with raking leaves during the fall, picking up trash and weeding our flowerbeds in the spring and summer.

Collect items from our wish list

We are always very excited to receive household items that our families can use. Download the latest House Wish List and Family Room Wish List. Groups or individuals may establish a drop off point and/or set up a drive to encourage donations.

Collect pull-tabs

Individuals, schools, churches, clubs, and businesses can join in the effort in helping others. All you have to do is remove the little tab from any type of can. The aluminum in that little tab is more sanitary and worth more than the whole can. It takes approximately 900 tabs to make a pound, so start collecting today!  Download a PDF file of our Pull-Tab program.

 

Families need and look forward to a well-balanced meal after a long day at the hospital. Please help us to continue providing a “home away from home” by either cooking a meal at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House in our fully stocked kitchen or preparing it in your own home and dropping it off. The Nashville Ronald McDonald House is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year and we invite the community to provide meals every day, including holidays. You or your group can plan breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Renovations have officially started in our dining room, kitchens and 4 room addition! These renovations will allow us to serve 4 more families every night and to provide an up to date kitchen space for families and meal groups to cook.

To achieve this, our kitchens will be closed until renovations are completed, hopefully early December. During construction, we do not have access to our kitchens, dishwashers, sinks, dishes, ovens, etc. Because of this, we can not currently accommodate groups who wish to cook at the house and/or stay to serve the families. All meals must be prepared off-site and dropped off in disposable containers. We know renovations make things tricky, but we need groups now more than ever to provide meals in order to make this house into a home during the mess of construction!

Contact Kirra at 615-343-4000 or Kirra@rmhcnashville.com if you are interested in preparing a meal for our families! Please note: Due to the generous support from the community, our meal calendar fills up weeks/months in advance. We recommend contacting Kirra ASAP to ensure a spot is available when your group is able to come.

Our families will have access to microwaves, disposable paper goods and disposable utensils.

Meals are served at the following times:
o Breakfast (Monday-Friday): 8:30am
o Breakfast (Saturday & Sunday): 9:00am
o Sack Lunch: 12:00pm
o Dinner: 6:00pm

If breakfast or lunch needs to be served hot, you may drop it off up to 30 minutes before the meal is served. Please only drop off FULLY COOKED and READY TO SERVE meals.

If you would like us to store your meal in the fridge until it is served, you may drop if off anytime after 8am on the day you are scheduled to provide a meal.

Please prepare food for about 25 people (we will have less families staying with us during this time). We will not be able to store many leftovers, so please stay mindful of the amount of people you are cooking for.

If you are providing lunch, we ask that you provide 25 sack lunches for our families.

Menu

Your menu does not need to meet any specific dietary restrictions. But, it should be a balanced meal. Please consider including the following items in your meal: a main dish (protein), a starch, a vegetable, a fruit and a dessert. To get you started, there are a few ideas that do not require a kitchen.

Breakfast
Donuts, breakfast tacos, yogurt bar, prepackaged breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, cinnamon rolls

Sack Lunch

(PB&J sandwiches do not save well, please avoid making these)
Croissants, hoagie rolls, sub sandwiches or wraps with ham or turkey and cheese, tuna or chicken salad packs, fruit, individually packaged hummus, fruit snacks, bottled water, desserts

Dinner
Any food that can be served and warmed up in the microwave (casseroles, baked chicken and sides, lasagna, etc.), pasta salad, chicken salad, macaroni salad, baked potato bar, taco bar, BBQ, pizza and salad

Sponsor A Meal

You may donate in lieu of having the meal catered/preparing it yourself and we will take care of ordering something our families will love. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Kirra at kirra@rmhcnashville.com 2-3 weeks ahead of your meal to coordinate this option.

The cost to sponsor a meal for the families staying at The Ronald McDonald House are below.
o Dinner: $250
o Lunch $200
o Breakfast: $150

Have Your Meal Catered

You may always have your meal catered and delivered to the house.

*Please keep in mind that mealtimes are sometimes the only times our families can keep their minds off what is happening at the hospital.  Some families may wish to talk about their situation, but most families prefer to eat quickly and return to the hospital. 

*Please do not photograph families (parents or children) staying at RMHC of Nashville or post photographs including RMHC of Nashville families on social media.  We appreciate your understanding.

You may also fill out an online form if you are interested in preparing a meal for our families.

We utilize volunteers on a daily basis to help with the smooth operation of our House.
We request that individuals interested in becoming House Volunteers commit to a period of at least six months with a minimum of one 3 hour shift per month. (Preferably two 3 hour shifts per month)
The role of a House Volunteer is to assist with daily operations of the House in an effort to make each family’s stay as comfortable as possible. Due to the type of service we provide, House Volunteers must be 18 years of age and pass a background check. Volunteers should ideally be friendly, flexible, dependable and self-sufficient.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Answering phones and providing front desk reception
  • Welcoming, registering & orienting new guests
  • Conducting house tours
  • Performing housekeeping tasks
  • Assisting with office projects
  • Helping with fundraising events

If this sounds like a match for you, please click here to complete a volunteer application.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room, located on the fifth floor of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was designed to be an oasis, a place where families whose children are being treated at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt can get away for a moment to gather their thoughts, rest and relax, have something to eat or drink, or just take a few minutes to walk away from the bedside of their sick children. The Family Room is a place of refuge for more than 2,100 people every month.  Family Room Volunteers help to extend the mission of our House by providing warmth and support to the families who need us.

The commitment made in accepting a volunteer position in the Ronald McDonald Family Room is an important one. Family Room Volunteers provide reception for families, offer hospitality, and provide a supportive shoulder for families who have a child being treated in Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

  • We encourage Family Room Volunteers to be prompt for their shift.
  • Volunteers answer the Family Room telephone
  • Volunteers register all guests visiting the Family Room.
  • Volunteers enforce rules when needed
  • Volunteers monitor television use if necessary (volume and content)
  • Volunteers keep the children’s area and kitchen straightened
  • Volunteers help provide a warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere for families
  • Volunteers must NOT bring children, friends, relatives or other visitors with them while they are doing a volunteer shift in the Family Room at the hospital.
  • Family Room Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Family Room Volunteers are trained only to be volunteers within the Ronald McDonald Family Room.
  • We discourage medical consultation between patient’s families and doctors within the Family Room. There are many other places for meetings in the hospital between doctors and family members.
  • Volunteers will be asked to sign a Confidentiality Agreement with the hospital and a background check is also required.

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Volunteer Requirements
Required Immunizations are:

Two Step – TB Skin Test (one within last year and one within last 3 months.)
(MMR)Measles Mumps Rubella or Rubella Titer (if born prior to 1957)
Varicella Titer (to assess immunity to Chicken Pox)

All volunteers must wear a Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt/Ronald McDonald Family Room Volunteer Photo ID at all times while in the hospital. When a volunteer becomes inactive, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Photo ID must be returned to the Ronald McDonald House. Replacement Photo IDs will be at the volunteers’ expense. The cost for a replacement ID is $15.00 (cash or check)

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Ronald McDonald Family Room Volunteer!

Click here for a Family Room Volunteer Application.

Please contact Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville at (615) 343-4000 with any questions.

Ronald McDonald House Charities vehicle donation program is a quick and easy way to help families in challenging times. Proceeds from your vehicle donation will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities and you may qualify for a tax deduction!

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Click here to donate a vehicle