Being a volunteer with us
Volunteers are the backbone of Ronald McDonald House South Island and we simply couldn’t provide our services without them. If you have time to generously give, we can always use your help.
Our volunteers are part of our family and so we make sure each and every one is giving their time in the most valuable way by providing lots of ways to help.
- At the
House in Christchurch
- At the Family Room in Invercargill
- Be a part of our Annual Appeal
- Help us at an event
- Do the Family Dinner Programme
Volunteering at the House
The House is a busy place and we always need help to keep it running smoothly. Here’s a few ways you could assist us.
- Housekeeping – this involves cleaning communal areas, rooms and general maintenance
- Baking (either in our House or yours)
- Gardening – light duties
- Becoming an overnight assistant – our overnight volunteers are invaluable because they relieve the after-hours supervisor. This involves staying on site to be on hand if needed and assisting families with check ins. You are provided a room and sleep on-site.
- Administration – from helping with mail-outs and data-entry to covering reception during the holidays, there are a wide number of administrative tasks to help with
Volunteering at the Family Room
If you have time to give, we can always use your help at the Ronald McDonald Family Room, Southland Hospital.
Here’s a few ways you could help us.
- Coming in on a regular basis and baking on site for our families, or alternatively dropping off baking that you have made at home
- Helping with the housekeeping so that it remains a warm and welcoming area for families at all times
- Various administrative tasks
- Providing relief for the Family Room Supervisor. This involves being on-site and assisting families with check ins and support
Be a part of our Annual Appeal
You can register your interest now to help us as a collector in our 2016 Annual Appeal!
Last year more than 500 volunteers worked with us across the South Island to help make our Annual Appeal a huge success – will you be one of the hundreds to help us in 2016?
We need volunteers to collect, area coordinators to help us run the Appeal in their towns and businesses and community groups to man sites for the day.
Help at one of our events
We host events across the South Island and volunteers help us to run them smoothly so we get the best fundraising outcomes. Volunteering at events is a fun and rewarding experience.
There’s lots of behind the scenes jobs to do at an event – you could be selling raffles at Christchurch Supper Club, making sure our fashion show doesn’t miss a beat or helping with the buffet during A Day at the Polo.
Check out our events calendar and
Do the Family Dinner Programme
Give families the gift of time.
Cooking is often the last thing families have on their mind after a long day at the hospital – this is where you step in by volunteering to cook an evening meal for them.
By taking part in the Family Dinner Programme, your company, organisation or group will ensure that families can enjoy home cooked, nutritious meals together at a time when they need them the most.
How does it work?
The House in Christchurch has full kitchen facilities including five ovens and a barbecue so you won’t need to bring any cooking items with you.
The volunteering group must supply the ingredients for the meal. It may be possible for you to use some donated items, but please check with us before you approach businesses as we may already have a relationship with them.
On average, you would be catering for 40 to 60 people, including your team. We recommend you give us call the day before you take part in the programme to find out approximately how many people you will be cooking for.
We suggest a maximum of eight people cook the meal to enable the team to work easily within our kitchen facilities. It also ensures families aren’t overwhelmed.
This is your opportunity to rustle up all your culinary skills and create a two-course menu consisting of a main meal and a dessert. When selecting a menu try to choose simple meals that incorporate children’s tastes, while still being nutritious.
What happens on the night?
To minimise the risk of infection that can occur with re-heated meals all meals must be prepared onsite.
It is preferable that you aim to have dinner served at 6pm. Dinner is usually served buffet style, but you can serve individually if it suits your meal.
Please set the dining room to encourage socialisation. After you have served the families we encourage you to sit down and enjoy the meal with them.
Please ensure the kitchen and dining room are left clean and tidy.
Some families will not be able to make dinner service and will request a meal be kept aside for them. These meals are plated, covered in cling wrap and refrigerated. A schedule will be provided to you so you know who is dining in and who requires meals to be kept aside.
Book your night now to make a real and practical difference to families in need or contact us for more information.