"You don't think about where you are going to lay your head at night when you have a baby in the NICU. You aren't thinking of yourself - but, you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby. That's why the Ronald McDonald House is so important."

Stacy, Mother

"The help that the House gives to families in need, as well as our family, is an inspiration to us all and has already taught my six-year-old, Rena, how important it is to give open heartedly to those in need."

The Williams Family

"Staying at the Ronald McDonald House allowed me to be at the hospital at a moment's notice during Mason's stay in the NICU. I honestly share my story with tears of joy; the Ronald McDonald House has allowed us to be a family."

The Lung Family

"During my stay at the House there were days when I was sick and wanted to be alone, but then there were days where we had a great time all piled up in the living room."

Judith, Cancer Patient

"My favorite thing about volunteering is the opportunity to listen to the families' stories. This seems to provide great comfort to them and their courage is inspiring to me."

Lilie, Volunteer

"When we came to the House, we sat with the families and realized how the comforts of home can impact a child's healing process. Our donations are our way of showing we care for these families in need."

Dustin DeGoursey, General Manager of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Lexington


Ronald McDonald House volunteers are crucial to ensuring that families experience the highest level of care and comfort during their stay. Duties may include organizing the pantry, preparing/cleaning rooms for incoming guest families, completing household tasks, restocking the soda machine, baking cookies, replenishing supplies or other tasks that are crucial to the daily operations of the House. This is perfect for groups seeking a service opportunity or for anyone who wants to let their outgoing personality shine! Those who have a positive outlook, friendly disposition and ability to easily adapt to a changing environment thrive in this position!

If you are a group representative, please contact us to discuss group volunteer guidelines, activity ideas and availability.

If you are an individual or student seeking community service, we ask that you commit to at least 50 hours of service. Please call 803-254-3181 to speak with our receptionist or email staff@rmhcofcolumbia.org to discuss availability and orientations.

Individual Volunteer Application

Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteers are 100 percent responsible for staffing the Family Room, located inside Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Without volunteers, the Family Room could not operate. Duties may include making coffee, offering refreshments, cleaning and keeping the Family Room neat and tidy, helping to execute special programs when applicable and sometimes, simply offering a listening ear. If you love to play host/hostess, and are passionate about making others feel welcome and taking care of them during their time of need, this is the position for you!

Individual volunteer shifts at the Family Room are 9 a.m. to Noon, Noon to 3 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday. A minimum of one 3-hour shift weekly or bi-weekly for at least 6 months is encouraged. Please complete the Family Room Volunteer Application below,call 803-254-3181 to speak with our receptionist or email staff@rmhcofcolumbia.org to discuss availability and orientations.

Group Volunteer efforts at the Ronald McDonald Family Room allow us to provide special programs and services to families and patients of Palmetto Health Children's Hospital. Many of these families are not staying at the Ronald McDonald House, but are faced with lengthy and/or frequent hospital visits, uncertain medical conditions and rigorous medical procedures. Providing a free meal to these families every now and then or inviting them to a theme party or craft session for kids and adults alike can make a stressful experience a little bit better.

If you are a group representative interested in helping at the Ronald McDonald Family Room, please contact us to discuss group volunteer guidelines, activity ideas and availability.

Family Room Volunteer Application

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Personal Reference Form

Physician Reference Form

Volunteer Services Form

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