Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children's Hospital

About Our House

Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital opened its doors on December 15, 2008 as the fourth House in the Chicagoland area.  The staff and volunteers of this 16 bedroom House are proud to have welcomed more than 600 families, served over 850 meals and you have provided over 30,000 volunteer hours since opening.



Designed in the theme of a ‘house in the woods’, the RMH near Advocate Children’s Hospital is nestled among trees and even has its own handicapped accessible tree house for kids of all ages to enjoy.  Unique to this House are our four extended stay suites, with separate living and sleeping areas, for families who need to stay over 30 days.


There are so many ways you can help.  From preparing a meal for families staying at one of our Houses, to helping with house work, we rely on the time and talent of our volunteers to reach our goals!  No matter how you choose to help, you’re always welcome. Please choose from the options below to complete the volunteer application.




Group and One-Time Opportunities


Meals from the Heart

“The kitchen is the heart of every home.” The meals provided by generous volunteers bring love into the House every day, allowing families to unwind, de-stress and fortify their bodies to be at their best for their child in the hospital. Meals from the Heart volunteers work as a group (up to 10 people) to plan the menu, purchase the ingredients and prepare the meal in our fully equipped kitchen, allowing families to find nourishment and comfort in a shared meal. Please note: ALL food must be prepared in our kitchen or brought directly from a commercial kitchen. Par-baked or pre-prepared food will not be able to be served. CLICK HERE to check our calendar of availability, watch a video about cooking at the House, and apply to provide a meal. 


Cookies from the Heart

Nothing beats the smell of homemade cookies baking in the oven to remind you of home.  Cookies from the Heart volunteers (up to 10 people) work in our kitchen from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and make cookies from scratch for our families to enjoy. Groups provide the ingredients and bake in our kitchens so when the families return from a hard long day at the hospital, they can help themselves to a cookie or two.  Usually, we ask that you make two to three dozen of your favorite cookie recipe. CLICK HERE to check availability on our calendar and apply to be a Cookies from the Heart volunteer.




Individual Opportunities


Volunteers commit to at least one shift once a month for at least a year commitment.  Volunteers attend Information Session, Orientation I and Orientation II as well as pass a background check.


Family Ambassadors
Family Ambassadors greet families, assist them at check-in, give them a tour and help them acclimate.  Family Ambassadors also contribute to House operations, answering phones and helping  families with their daily needs. To apply to be a Family Ambassador, complete the application below.


House Refreshers
For the volunteer who likes to stay busy, House Refreshers help organize the common areas, collect donations, stock supplies and linens.  This team is vital to providing a comfortable ‘home away from home’ for our families and House Refreshers get to meet families all over the House while they are working to ensure everything is tidy and fresh. To apply to be a House Refresher, complete the application below.



Questions on Individual Opportunities?


Please contact Colleen Walsh
708.423.5285 ext. 103


If you are interested in any of the individual responsibilities, please fill out the application below.

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