Our organization survives because of the dedicated Edmonton volunteers who keep our programs and services running and sustainable.
The Ronald McDonald House has been in the community for 30 years and every year we see increased numbers of volunteers walk through our doors. We rely on that compassion every day, to support the families in crisis with seriously ill or injured children.
Our Shuttle Program is entirely driven (pun intended) by a unique group of volunteers who show up every day, including weekends, and who pushed for us to extend our shuttle hours to better help out the families at RMHCNA. In the past few months the volunteers have made the transition to getting families to and from both the Stollery and Royal Alexandra hospitals. This is a huge financial savings for the families, and a way that families can take one stressor off their plates.
Meals that Mend involves volunteer groups who grocery shop, cook and serve meals to our families, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In 2015, over 830 groups came to participate in this program. It meant that many mornings and evenings, families went to the hospital with food in their stomachs or in to-go bags, or they came home from a long day tending to their child, and were greeted with the delicious smells and warm embrace of the volunteers who prepared the meal.
Come by the House for a tour and you will see volunteers cleaning toys, playing games, preparing our lunch program, working the front office or driving the shuttle. If you are looking for a place to volunteer, we have a place for you. We are inspired every day by the people who enter our doors as volunteers, and we know that the work we do for families, relies on the dedication of our volunteers.