Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC

Volunteers are the Heartbeat of the House.

Our first Ronald McDonald House in Washington DC opened in 1980.  In 2010, we built a brand new Ronald McDonald House in order to better serve our families.  Each bedroom has its own bathroom and there is now plenty of parking space and ample community areas at this Home-Away-From-Home.  The staff and volunteers of this 25 bedroom house are proud to have welcomed more than 13,000 families over the past 33 years.

Become a Weekly Volunteer:

Our Weekly Volunteers are the backbone and heart of our Ronald McDonald House.  The caring and cheerful volunteers are the first voices families hear on the phone and the first smiling face they see at the door.  We depend on our volunteers to keep the House running and to help us provide a comfortable and supportive home-away-from-home for our guests.

Weekly Volunteer positions are an on-going weekly commitment for a minimum of 6 months. Weekly volunteers work one 2-3 hour shift the same day each week and must be over 18 years old.  Apply to volunteer online.

Become a Guest Chef:

After a long day at the hospital, our families find there is nothing better than walking into Ronald McDonald House to find a home-cooked meal. Our Meals Program invites groups* of volunteers to plan a menu, purchase the ingredients, and prepare a meal at our House!  Sign up today with your friends, family, coworkers or social club and provide a warm meal for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House. If you cannot prepare a full meal but would like to make snacks or desserts for the families you are welcome to do this instead. Review our Meal Program Guidelines for more information.

*To help us maintain a quiet and relaxed refuge for our families, please limit your group size to no more than 8 people, age 14 and above.

Other Group Opportunities:

It takes a village to keep a Ronald McDonald House up and running.  There are many on-site and off-site opportunities for your group! Making grab-n-go bags filled with snacks and activities is always a popular idea and a hit with the families!  Other ideas include helping with household chores and yard work, or even hosting a Wish List drive!  Find out more about how your group can help the families at Ronald McDonald House by checking out our Volunteer Opportunities for Groups.


Please call us at (202) 529-8204.