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Volunteer at our House

As a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass you have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of our families! All volunteers must be 18 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult.

Consider how your skill-set might fit into some of the regular, weekly volunteer opportunities that may be available.

Please consider carefully whether the commitments of these opportunities will fit your schedule or other life commitments. Our volunteer application process is comprehensive; we request an application, interview, and background check. We then offer an orientation and training. All in House volunteers must be COVID vaccinated & receive annual flu shots for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

Click here for a printable version of RMHC’s Volunteer Opportunities.

House Volunteer

Energetic, customer service focused volunteers are vital to our Home. House volunteers perform a variety of duties including answering the phone, sorting donations, greeting visitors, conducting House tours, housekeeping, cleaning and preparing rooms for incoming guests. Volunteers usually work one, three-hour shift per week or every other week. Volunteer shifts are available daily between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

All in House volunteers must be COVID vaccinated & receive annual flu shots for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

To apply as a Ronald McDonald House volunteer, please fill out this application.

Van Driver

The Ronald McDonald House transports families to and from area hospitals four times per day using the Ronald McDonald House van. A current driver’s license is required and driving records will be checked on all prospective van drivers. Van drivers are asked to commit to at least one shift per month.

All in House volunteers must be COVID vaccinated & receive annual flu shots for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

To apply as a Van Driver, please fill out this application.

Meal Groups

Nothing keeps families together like a “home” cooked meal! Come prepare a breakfast or dinner for our families and receive the double blessing of both serving and meeting/greeting our wonderful families. We serve dinner at 7 p.m., seven days a weeks and have everything in our kitchen that you could need (except ingredients) to make a home-cooked meal. Breakfast is served on Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Registered Dinner Groups can sign-up to prepare dinner by contacting Volunteer Manager, Jillian Pyatte, at ph:859-469-9255 or jpyatte@rmhclexington.org.

Groups are limited to 8 volunteers per group, all of whom must be COVID vaccinated for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

Click here for important details if you have already been scheduled to prepare a meal at the House.

Baking Groups

Our kitchen is also available for “treat creation,” all you need to bring is the ingredients and yourself! Baking Groups are a great way to introduce your family or youth group to the wonderful gift of community service. Whether you are looking for a great activity for the young or the young at heart, the scent of freshly baking goodies are sure to lift the spirits of those families staying at the House.

Groups are limited to 8 volunteers per group, all of whom must be COVID vaccinated for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

Sandwich Groups

Most of our guest families spend long days at the hospital with their children, and to help reduce their food costs we love to provide grab & go lunches for them. Your small group can bring sandwich ingredients and fill our fridge so our guests can fill their bellies!

Groups are limited to 8 volunteers per group, all of whom must be COVID vaccinated for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

To apply as a Dinner or Group Volunteer, please fill out this application.

Meal Group Availability Calendar

Cick here to view available dates for your meal group to come and serve!

Service Hours

Occasional one-time volunteer opportunities are also available. Perfect for students, community service projects, and groups employed by service minded organizations this volunteer experience demonstrates that many hands make light work.

A home for 21 families demands continuous clean-up, which is easy if many join together to tackle the jobs. Come in to help clean out kitchen cupboards, disinfect the playroom, tidy up storage areas, dust the bookshelves, organize the linen closet and more! Household chores can be fun when done in cooperation with friends, in an environment which appreciates your visit. Chore groups are scheduled based on House needs and availability, groups of 10 or less are preferred.

Due to the nature of our House and the families that we serve, we are unable to provide service hours for court required incidents.

Volunteers must be COVID vaccinated for the health & safety of the guest families we serve.

Join a RMHC of the Bluegrass Committee

Committee members are charged with serving as a resource for staff, the organization and one another – sharing their expertise and working to achieve specific committee goals and objectives that support the mission of RMHC.

Learn more about our different committees here!

Prefer to work from home?

If you are interested in helping families staying at Ronald McDonald House or one of our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, but don’t have an extended amount of time available to visit the House or the hospital, are too young, or have a group that is too large to accommodate, we have plenty of suggestions for things that you can work on from your very own home.

Click here to view our Caring Projects.