Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House. We hope the information below will be helpful to you in deciding which area would best suit your particular interests and schedule. Our In-House Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older; cooking meals or fund-raising efforts may include younger children provided they are accompanied by adults.
Role of the Volunteer
The goal of all who are associated with the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House is to make a true “home away from home” by making a family’s stay as easy and uncomplicated as possible. Although our residents are going through a very traumatic time in their lives, no counseling is offered by the staff or volunteers. These services, along with medical services, are provided to the family by area institutions and professionals. A good volunteer, like a good friend, is always helpful as an understanding listener and must always respect the confidentiality of what is overheard or told to them.
As a volunteer for the Ronald McDonald House, you will find that the majority of the work here calls for good old common sense and the willingness to give a little of yourself.
In order to make your experience as a volunteer a good one, as well as provide the kind of atmosphere desired within the House, our only qualifications are:
- Flexibility (must be able to deal with a variety of people and situations.)
- Must have a desire to help those in need.
- Must be a good listener
- Must be able to follow instructions
- Must have a willingness to share skills and interests
- Must understand the need for respect of others
- Must respect the need for confidentiality
If you can look at this list and say, “That’s me!” – come join us!! Share the spirit of the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House – the “House That Love Built”®
In-House Volunteer Duties
The role of an In-House Volunteer is to help the staff with the daily operations of the House and provide hospitality and a caring atmosphere for our guests. As a volunteer, you will be asked to do various tasks and your responsibilities may vary from time to time. Keep in mind that the comfort of our guests depends a lot on YOU, the volunteer.
- Answer Telephones
- Assist with clerical duties
- Help check-in and check-out families
- Light housekeeping
- Help give tours of the House
- Assist with mailings
- Miscellaneous duties as requested by Staff
These are the times our regular shifts Sunday through Saturday are scheduled:
- 9:00 to 12:00PM
- 12:00 to 3:00PM
- 3:00 to 6:00PM
- 6:00 to 9:00PM
Work with House Staff and/or Cooking Volunteer Coordinator to donate snacks and meals for our residents. All food for snacks and meals must be prepared at the House in one of our kitchens or brought in from a commercial kitchen (like a restaurant) or prepackaged from a grocery store. The House can no longer accept food that isn’t prepared at the house or brought in from a non-commercial kitchen or grocery store. We try to provide meals for the residents several days each week. You or your group may do this on a regularly scheduled basis or only occasionally.
Work with board Vice-President of Resource Development on fundraising campaigns. We have several scheduled fundraisers each year that require mailings, poster distribution, coordination of some area of the fundraiser and actually working at the fundraiser.
Frequently Asked Questions
As soon as you know you will not be able to make your scheduled volunteer shift, call the House and ask to speak with the House Manager.
Yes! Anyone who is interested in donating food to the House should work with House Manager and/or Cooking Volunteer Coordinator. All food for snacks and meals must be prepared at the House in one of our kitchens or brought in from a commercial kitchen (like a restaurant) or prepackaged from a grocery store. The House can no longer accept food that isn’t prepared at the house or brought in from a non-commercial kitchen or grocery store. We try to provide meals for the residents several days each week.
Business casual. Jeans are fine as long as there are no holes. We want you to be comfortable.
To volunteer at the front desk, one must be at least 18 years old. To help with our fundraisers or at one of our events, it depends on the event and you should always check with the House. Minors are able to help prepare meals for the House but must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Typically one week. You will always receive a response from the House Manager concerning your application.
Fill out the volunteer application form online, mail in the printable volunteer application form or stop by the House to fill out an application in person.
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