Imagine for a moment that you have a critically ill baby or child who requires medical care and/or hospitalization…in a city far away from the one you call home.
You travel to a new place - anxious, exhausted, and with medical bills looming. The last thing you want to do is check into an unfamiliar (and expensive) hotel, surrounded by strangers.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona steps in at times like these and provides a “home away from home” for families who travel to Tucson for medical care. The Ronald McDonald House at Prince & Campbell has 27 bedrooms with private bathrooms. The home also has welcoming community areas - a kitchen, a reading room, a playroom, a laundry room, an outdoor play area, and a healing garden. Families with hospitalized children can stay at the house as long as needed at no cost.
RMHC also operates two Ronald McDonald Family Room programs; one at Banner Children's Diamond Children's Medical Center and one at Tucson Medical Center. Located just steps away from the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, each Family Room provides families of hospitalized children an opportunity to refresh, rest, and reflect, without being too far from their children.
Recently, RMHC launched Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which is a partnership with Chiricahua Community Health Centers to bring dental care to children in under-served areas of Cochise County.
Ronald McDonald House is in central Tucson - only a few miles from Banner Children’s Diamond Children's Medical Center. The address is 2155 E. Allen Rd.
Current volunteer positions at the Ronald McDonald House in Tucson include House Volunteer, Shuttle Driver, Family Room Volunteer, Chef for a Day volunteer, and Casserole program volunteer.
See below for information about each position.
House volunteers are front-and-center in providing support for families needing to stay close to the hospital overnight. Duties include keeping the house clean and organized and helping guests with any questions or concerns.
Duties may include the following:
Volunteer drivers transport families to and from local hospitals Monday – Friday, with morning & afternoon shifts at 3-hour increments each.
Family Room Volunteers
RMHC operates two Ronald McDonald Family Room programs; one at Banner Children’s Diamond Children’s Medical Center and one at Tucson Medical Center. Each Ronald McDonald Family Room provides a chance to support families inside the hospital. This room serves all pediatric inpatient families. The volunteer’s role is crucial to maintaining the friendly, caring atmosphere of the Family Room while upholding all Family Room and hospital policies.
Duties may include the following:
Chef For A Day and Casserole Program
Chef for a Day and Casserole program volunteers help with a very important task – feeding our families. Chef for a Day volunteers cook a meal to be served to families that same day. Casserole program volunteers prepare casseroles which will be frozen and sent home with families when they check out of the Ronald McDonald House.
You can learn more about each of these volunteer opportunities here.
Interested in volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona? The first step is to fill out a Volunteer Application - which includes demographic information, education, work experience, and a background check. You will also need to provide two references.
Volunteer shifts are generally 3 hours, but there is flexibility if you cannot commit to a 3-hour shift. That said, RMHC does ask that you commit to volunteer for at least six months.
Because many of the children in the house have a low tolerance to germs and bacteria, volunteers must be ages 12 and up. That said, younger kids can certainly participate in efforts to support the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs or organizing a wish list drive.
Send an email to Christine LaBoy at [email protected].
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