WHAT WE DO
Keeping families together while kids receive hospital treatment
In many communities and cultures, it is traditional for friends and neighbors to prepare meals for loved ones who are caring for a sick family member. For families who stay at Ronald McDonald Houses, they are often far away from family, friends and other support systems who would normally help them through a difficult time. Our compassionate volunteers fill this role, and provide home-cooked meals and freshly baked treats to our families.
Cooking meals is one of our most popular volunteer programs, and provides an opportunity for friends, families and co-workers to build a menu and a meal to share. Whether you want to cook a meal with your company, bake with your grandchild or make a financial gift that will cover the cost of a meal, there is no shortage of ways to help Ronald McDonald House families at our Portland and Bend Houses. To sign up to prepare a meal, fill out the form below. If you have other questions or want to learn more about how to get involved, contact Maria at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-943-6673.
Need some ideas about what to cook? Check out our Meals from the Heart Recipe Guide!
No. The house will provide all of the dishes, glasses, silverware and utensils needed to serve families
Our kitchen is equipped with all of the supplies that you will need to prepare your meal. There are bowls, baking pans, blender, serving utensils, knives, cookie sheets, pots and pans, measuring cups, a 4 top electric stove, 2 microwaves and 2 ovens.
If you have a volunteer group that exceeds the number of participants in the stated guidelines, we ask that you please split up your group to provide dinner on two, separate nights. The more meals, the merrier!
Volunteers in the kitchen have to be at least 13 years of age, with a supervised adult. All other volunteers have to be at least 18 years of age.
No. The food that you are bringing into the House should be unopened and unaltered from when you purchased it.
No. Any preparation of food must be done at the House. To simplify the preparation guidelines, RMHC is asking that you purchase the food and bring it to the House unaltered.
No. We ask that someone is at the House by 5:00pm to get organized in the kitchen and make sure that everything is set up for dinner service at 6:00pm.
You are more than welcome to dine with our families. If you do, please adjust the food supply accordingly and be mindful not to crowd our families. Some families enjoy interacting with volunteers while others enjoy eating quietly on their own.
There is no need to do so, but we do ask that you label the ingredients in the food you prepare.
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