Individual Volunteers

The Heart of the House

Join Us In Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Houston individual volunteers help carry out the day-to-day operations at each of our four facilities. Parking is free, scheduling is flexible and the volunteer experience is fulfilling! Volunteer shifts are available in three-hour blocks, 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. 

Help Us Create A Home Away From Home For Families
Volunteer duties may include helping guests check in and check out of the overnight rooms, answering phones, greeting and orienting visitors and families, visiting with patients in some of our locations, making coffee, light cleaning, organizing or helping with administrative duties. As many of our volunteers have witnessed, even something small like making coffee or stocking snacks can have a BIG impact on someone’s day in the midst of crisis. 

Your interest in applying for the 2021 individual volunteer program is greatly appreciated. Due to COVID-19, onsite volunteering at our hospital locations is currently suspended. We do have onsite volunteer opportunities at our Holcombe House location. To indicate your interest in volunteering, please complete the volunteer application. The application will close on Monday, October 18th and will reopen on Monday, January 3rd. In the meantime, if you would like more information about how you can participate in our holiday initiatives, please contact holidays@rmhhouston.org. Thank you for thinking of our House!

Internships
Throughout the academic year, Ronald McDonald House Houston provides internships to college students. These internships give students the opportunity to gain real world, “hands on” experience that complements their coursework.  

We have established formal partnerships with the Bachelors of Social Work program at University of Houston – Downtown and the Master of Social Work program at the University of Houston – Main Campus, that allow students to not only support the Family Support Services Department but also gain skills in assessment, case management and connecting families with services in the community.

High School Volunteer ProgramSummer Fun Club
Just like everyone else, during the summer, the patients and their siblings at Holcombe House want to have fun, make new friends, and enjoy spending time close to their families. Teen volunteersages 16 and up, design and facilitate activities for our patients and their siblings. The care, fun, and enthusiasm shown by teen facilitators is a valuable gift to our families. 

Due to current safety measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back for further updates on in-person volunteer opportunities.  In the meantime, off-site projects such as these craft ideas or donation drives for items on our wishlists are very much appreciated.

RMH Houston Gap Year ProgramPre-Med Family-Centered Care
Are you an aspiring physician hoping to enhance the time between college graduation and MCATs with a meaningful family-centered care experience? Interested in broadening your healthcare perspectives through hands-on service and informative discussions at leading institutions in the Texas Medical Center? Volunteer in the RMH Houston Gap Year Program and build both knowledge and communication skills that will complement your academic training. Learn more about this program. 

Unfortunately, with volunteering still suspended at our hospital partner locations due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we have decided not to host the program for the August 2021- May 2022 program session. We anticipate accepting applications once again in April 2022 for the next session (August 2022 – May 2023), so please check back if you are interested at that time.