Volunteers are the heart of our House.

Volunteers make a difference in the lives of the more than 5,000 families that come through our doors every year – by listening, nurturing, and by simply being there, you can help support the parents and family members who stay with us while their children receive treatment at Indianapolis-area hospitals.

Donating your time and talent to the Ronald McDonald House can be a rewarding experience and a real gift to the families staying at the House. Whether you are looking for an ongoing commitment or want to share a special gift or talent on a short-term basis, there is a way for you to make a difference at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be working with children?

The House’s mission is to provide a supportive “home-away-from-home” for the families of seriously ill or injured children receiving medical care at area hospitals. While the kids are being well cared for at the hospital, we are caring for the parents and other family members who are here to support the child. Although we will have some patients staying at the House, their condition frequently prevents them from interacting with the general public.

What type of volunteer opportunities does the House offer?

We offer volunteer opportunities for individuals as well as groups. You can volunteer one-time or on an on-going basis.

How many volunteers do you need?

The House is staffed by 17 full-time staff, 8 part-time staff, and over 200 volunteers. Volunteers are the heart of our House and volunteer needs are constantly changing as people’s schedules change.

How do I get started volunteering?

After looking over our volunteer information on our website, contact our Volunteer Resources Manager to get additional information about the opportunities that fit your interests and needs.  Then depending upon the opportunity you are seeking, you may be asked to complete and submit a volunteer application. Once you have applied, the next step will be to attend a new volunteer orientation.

What type of training will I receive?

Our Guest Services Volunteers receive 9 hours of basic training. 

This training is conducted by both staff and veteran volunteers and mostly done hands on.

Training for other volunteer positions is also done hands-on during the volunteer’s normally scheduled shift.

Volunteer Opportunities

Check out volunteer opportunities at RMCCHIN below!


Though every volunteer plays a crucial role in making our House a home for families each and every day, our most critical need is currently individual guest service & culinary crew volunteers!


To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Mary Friend, Volunteer Resources Manager, at (317) 267-0605, ext. 225 or by e-mail mfriend@rmhccin.org.