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Join the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Central Alberta family!

Our valued volunteers are essential to the continuing operation of the House and making our House feel like a home to the families who stay with us. We could not do what we do without our volunteers!

The volunteer program is a vital part of House operations. Volunteers work behind the scenes with House staff in order to fully support the families during this critical time in their lives. We are always looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to help in all areas of the House. Some of the many benefits of becoming a volunteer include:

  • The great feeling that one gets from helping families in their time of need.
  • Working with other House volunteers and staff.
  • Meeting the wonderful families who use the House.
  • An excellent training and orientation program.
  • Letters of reference to prospective employers may be provided.
  • A chance to further enhance office and administrative skills.
  • A chance to providecompassion and a listening ear to families during stressful times.
  • The opportunity to attend the yearly volunteer appreciation event.

Volunteer Positions 

Individual In-House Volunteer Positions – All volunteers must be 18 years of age
  • Front Host Volunteer – To provide support at the front desk through greeting, assisting checking in/out of families and visitors, administrative task and other house support duties (i.e. cleaning, organizing as required). There are three shifts a day, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 - 5 p.m. and 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Baking Volunteer - Come to the house and prepare different baked goods. All baking supplies are donated and there are two shifts a day, 9 - 11 a.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Special Skills – If you have a skill that you would like to share with the families at the house, please let the volunteer coordinator know and they would love to further discuss this opportunity with you. Maybe you knit and want to knit with families once a week or maybe you like to read and we can set up an evening story day or maybe you have some other skill that you would like to share. If you are interested in something like this we can meet up and discuss the options.  This position is usually scheduled in the evenings and times will depend on the skill.

Group In-House Volunteer Positions – All volunteers must be 18 years of age
  • Home for Dinner Program -  Is a donation and volunteer opportunity, all-in-one! A group of volunteers (up to eight people, all over the age of 16), purchase groceries and provide dinner for families staying at the House. This includes cooking, clean-up and packaging leftovers. Home for Dinner volunteers are usually preparing a meal for approximately 20 people. If you're interested in the Home for Dinner program DO NOT fill out the oline application. Please review the Home for Dinner guideline here and email Volunteer Services or call 403-340-2007 ext. 109.
Event Volunteers 
  • We have two events throughout the year, a Golf Tournament (June) and a Curling Bonspiel (February). We need volunteers for these events, along with other 3rd party fundraising events throughout the year. 

Volunteer Applicant Process

In-House Volunteer Positions - we would go through the following process:
  • Complete the online application form. Click here to create a profile and fill out your volunteer application.
  • Successful completion of a Police Check (volunteer coordinator will send you a letter so you can take it to the police station)
  • Successful completion of a child welfare check
  • An interview will be scheduled once the checks come back
  • Reference checks 
Group In-House Volunteer Positions

  • Home for Dinner Program - We ask that two people from your group contact the volunteer coordinator to sign up for an orientation session. At this session we will go through the home for dinner program guidelines
Event Volunteer
  • This position is flexible, your name is added to the event volunteer list and a notice is sent out every time an event is happening where volunteers are needed. It is as easy as sending the volunteer coordinator an email saying you would like to be an event volunteer.

Important volunteer information

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities® Central Alberta strives to have an integrated human resources policy in which both staff and volunteers are involved in all aspects of House operations.
  • In order to protect the safety and security of all families residing at the House and to ensure a meaningful volunteer placement for all volunteers, the House utilizes a fluid and dynamic screening process. This process reflects the unpredictable nature of the House.
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