Cookies from the Heart

Few things bring immediate feelings of warmth and home like the smell of freshly baked cookies. Similar to our Meals from the Heart program, Cookies from the Heart brings volunteers into our five House kitchens to prepare food from scratch for the families that are staying with us. On return from the hospital, families are welcomed with not just the smell of homemade cookies, but a freshly-baked goodie to enjoy. Cookies from the Heart is part of the generous efforts of our volunteers to make our families feel comforted and at home.


Nothing beats the smell of homemade cookies baking in the oven to remind you of home. Cookies from the Heart volunteers plan their treat, purchase the ingredients and bake in our kitchens so when the families return from a day at the hospital, they can help themselves to a treat or two.

Cookies from the Heart volunteers:

  • Must be at least six years old to participate, and there should be one adult present for every three children. This is to ensure the safety of all volunteers, as well as the food safety of the treats being prepared for our families.
  • Work in groups of up to 10 people
  • Make four to five dozen treats of their choice (brownies, rice crispy treats, cookies and puppy chow are all great options!)


We are currently scheduling Cookies from the Heart volunteer groups through April 2020.  Applications for dates after April 30, 2020 will not be accepted at this time. To sign up, please review the House options and click the Sign Up link below.

Cookies From the Heart Calendar

Interested in volunteering either individually or as a group for our Cookies from the Heart program? Check availability at our Houses and Family Rooms:

Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center

Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s

Ronald McDonald House near Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital

For questions, contact Brittany Wright, Director of Volunteer Services, at bwright@rmhccni.org

Sign Up to Volunteer!