Volunteering: A Journey to the Heart

Volunteers are the “Heartbeat of the House.” Over 120 dedicated volunteers assist the House’s staff in a variety of ways — it would be impossible to continue our mission without them. We welcome the participation of volunteers on many levels. A simple application and interview will help us determine how you will best be able to help out. All of our volunteers receive training about the mission of the House.

Click on any of the ways to volunteer
from the list below to learn more…

Volunteer Opportunities

In-House Volunteers

Contribute time at the House for one of the various four-hour shifts, which are scheduled seven days per week. Many administrative functions are handled by the volunteers who work on these daily shifts. Assignments are based on availability and skill set.

Dinner Program

Prepare a home-cooked meal for the RMH-LI families by bringing a group of 10 – 12 individuals (must be 16 or older) from schools, businesses and other associations. Click here to learn more.

Speaker's Bureau

Represent the House at schools, community groups and corporations to raise awareness about our mission and also give tours of the House during events. Volunteers who would like to consider this specialized area will shadow current Speakers to learn the history of the House, the relationship to McDonald’s corporation and other details.

We would be happy to have an informed, dynamic member of our Speaker’s Bureau tell you directly about The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Our trained volunteer speakers take you on a journey through the lives of families near and far who stay with us during a child’s medical crisis. You will come to appreciate how our House becomes a home-away-from-home, a place of rest and renewal. Whether your group is a school, civic or corporate organization, our presentation is tailored to your specific needs.

If you would like to join your colleagues and neighbors who have already opened their meetings to a Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Speaker, send an email (with “Speaker’s Bureau” as the subject) to Betti McClellan, Volunteer & Program Manager.

Hospitality Volunteers

Visit our residents and their children in the hospitals, and ensure that all their needs are being met here at the House.

Event Volunteers

Assist the Special Events staff at various community events distributing information to the public.

Advisory Board

Help create awareness of the RMH-LI mission.

The Advisory Board, led by President Joy Kastner, is a group of business professionals who lend their time and talent to RMH-LI to develop relationships with the business community. Working with the Board of Directors, they use their networking abilities to bring new ideas and initiatives to the House to help further our mission. While membership is by invitation only, there are subcommittees of the Advisory Board that are always looking for qualified individuals. Please contact David Rosner, Director of Development   l   ext. 135   l   drosner@rmhlongisland.org for more information.


Form a group of your friends or work colleagues to start an independent auxiliary to raise funds and hold events to benefit the House in your own community. Auxiliaries create and sponsor fundraisers of their choice with guidance from the House staff to insure success. The House is always seeking to establish new auxiliaries in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens communities. For more information, please contact Michael Pfeiffer, Development Officer   l   ext. 133   l   mpfeiffer@rmhlongisland.org

Wish List Collection

Gather items from our Wish List and deliver them to the House.

Volunteer Opportunities for Students

College & High School Volunteers

Volunteer your time and gather community service credit while assisting the House staff with maintenance or administrative tasks as needed and according to availability and your skill set. Individuals can also develop appropriate fundraisers at their schools to raise funds for the House. The Special Event staff can offer guidance.


Participate in our annual springtime Walk-a-Thon. Register to walk – promote your involvement by asking family and friends to sponsor your efforts. For more information, please contact Mike Pfeiffer, Development Officer, at mpfeiffer@rmhlongisland.org or call 516.775.5683, ext. 133.

Little Hands Helping Little Hands

Bring your culinary skills to the House to prepare desserts for the families who stay here. Little Hands Helping Little Hands was developed to provide volunteer opportunities at RMH-LI for children between the ages of 6 & 16. Groups from schools and youth organizations use the kitchen facilities at the House to bake goodies for the families and children staying at the House. This program teaches children the importance of volunteering by empowering them to help others. This will help them become capable and caring leaders of the future. Click here to learn more.


The “House That Love Built” needs your time, your financial assistance and your help. To find out what you can do, send an email (with “Volunteer” as the subject) to Betti McClellan, Program and Volunteer Manager, at bmcclellan@rmhlongisland.org,or call (516) 775-5683, ext. 131.
Thank You!