Volunteer in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children's Hospital

When families walk in, we want them to forget they are in the hospital.

The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms (RMFR) at Inova Children's Hospital on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus are warm and welcoming spaces located on the 8th and 10th Floors.  The 8th Floor RMFR is adjacent to the Pediatric Intensive Care and Cardiac Care Units and also serves the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Medical/Surgical Unit.  Our second Ronald McDonald Family Room, on the 10th Floor, is open on the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit.


It is a space where parents and other caregivers can have a snack or cup of coffee, check email, read, talk, or simply relax for a few minutes and remain just steps from their child.

Amenities include a coffee and snack counter, several computer bays, and comfortable seating. Staff and regularly scheduled volunteers will greet and assist families and make rounds on the floor with a Hospitality a la Carte cart, stocked with snacks and other items for families.

Become a Volunteer:

Apply to Volunteer

We are currently recruiting volunteers to work two shifts per month/alternate weeks in the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Inova Children's Hospital.

  • Shifts are available seven days a week. A minimum commitment of two shifts a month is required.
  • Volunteer responsibilities include greeting and assisting families, taking the Hospitality a la Carte out on the floor with amenities for children and their families, re-stocking the room, and some light housekeeping.
  • Volunteers will be cross trained by both RMHCDC and Inova.



Bryce Heavner
VA Ronald McDonald Family Room Coordinator

"I had heard my friend Heidi describe the place where she volunteers, but I was still amazed when I saw it! The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Inova Fairfax are beautiful, light-filled spaces where families can get a little relief from the nonstop stress of having a child in the hospital. The best part--there are also mobile hospitality carts so volunteers can bring a little of that light to children who are confined to their beds. Heidi gets to stock one of the carts with snacks, little toys, books, and crafts, and wheel it around the Oncology/Hematology unit. Even the littlest things can bring a smile to kids and families who are going through the toughest of times! It was so inspiring and uplifting to see this place and the comfort it provides." - Karen Donohue, donor