Meals that Heal
Volunteer to Create Home-Cooked Meals for Guests
You’re invited to create a wonderful home-cooked meal for our guest families, in the comfort of the fully equipped House kitchen, just like home.
Want to come for a visit and help prepare a meal? Call Kelly at 317.267.0605 ext. 210.
Volunteer Guidelines & FAQ
We have updated our Meals that Heal policies and guidelines to prioritize the safety of our families, volunteers and staﬀ. All groups must abide by these rules in order to participate.
Volunteer Duration: 4:30-7:30pm
Dinner is Served: 5:30-6:30pm
- Meals that Heal groups may include a maximum of five (5) volunteers. Everyone who comes with your group counts toward this total.
- If you happen to have more than five (5) volunteers in your group, please reach out to Kelly our Culinary Program Manager to discuss options.
- Meals that Heal volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
- All volunteers must be completely illness/symptom-free (cold, ﬂu, fever, stomach virus, etc.) for at least 14 days prior to volunteering.
- All volunteers will complete a brief wellness screening upon arrival at the House. We also ask volunteers who test positive for or are exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of their shift refrain from any volunteerism.
- RMHCCIN no longer requires visitors to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. Given the vulnerable population of children/families being served, we strongly encourage that all visitors become fully vaccinated before appointed visit and encourage unvaccinated visitors to take a COVID-19 test 2 days prior to their visit to any RMHCCIN location.
Your group will receive direction from our culinary team to safely prepare, cook and assemble all food in the House kitchen. Our culinary team will secure all needed groceries and ingredients in advance of your meal thanks to the donation you made when you completed your registration.
Our culinary team will review all safety protocols while on site. We ask that our volunteers practice proper food safety measures, including frequent handwashing, eliminating cross-contamination/raw foods, wearing hairnets/hair ties, face masks and gloves, etc. Additionally, all refrigerated items should stay chilled as long as possible, and food in the kitchen should always be covered.
Meal Service & Clean Up
Some families may choose to eat in their rooms depending on seating availability and their comfort level. RMHCCIN families often have inconsistent schedules due to patient treatments and may not be in the dining room to eat while your group is on-site. Please know that finding a freshly prepared meal waiting in the refrigerator when they return is a welcome sight.
As an added precaution, volunteers will pack all prepared food into individually sized to-go containers for families to enjoy either during or after the scheduled mealtime.
Participants are responsible for thoroughly cleaning the kitchen as part of the Meals that Heal volunteer shift. Cleaning instructions will be provided by our culinary team, and all volunteers are expected to stay until clean-up is complete. and all trash is taken to the dumpster.
We strive to create a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for our families, staﬀ and volunteers. As such, we expect volunteers to adhere to the following:
- Bring compassion and respect to your volunteerism.
- Follow direction of RMHCCIN staﬀ.
- We welcome volunteers, staﬀ and families of all backgrounds, ethnicities and religions. Please exclude any personal religious inﬂuences while on-site to ensure a welcoming space for all.
- You may take photos of your group only and must thoroughly wash your hands after taking pictures or using your phone. Please do not take photos or videos of RMHCCIN families without permission.
- Volunteers are prohibited from exchanging personal information with or soliciting services to our families.