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Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh Volunteer Opportunities

A Special Message Regarding Our Volunteer Programs

In response to the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, we have had to temporarily suspend our on-site volunteer programs. However, you can still volunteer off-site to assemble welcome bags and we are still accepting meal deliveries and donated items from our wish list.

For more information on our most up-to-date list of needs or to schedule a curbside drop-off, please contact Morgan Knox at morgan@rmhcpgh-mgtn.org

Other ways you can help

Support your local restaurants by donating a take-out meal to be delivered to Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh

  • To sponsor or donate a take-out meal at Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh, please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Morgan Knox, at morgan@rmhcpgh-mgtn.org
  • As a reminder, no food can be prepared or cooked at home. All donated items must be from a restaurant or grocery store.

Donate gift cards to restaurants or grocery stores so that our families can purchase food and take-out items. Gift card donations can be mailed directly to our Charity at:

Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh
The Plaza Building
451 44th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 1520

Purchase essential pantry items and toiletries from our Amazon Wish List. Visit our Amazon Wish Lists to donate!

Make a Donation!

Meal Program

Come to Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh to cook a meal for our families and help ease their burden of having to be in the kitchen instead of at their child’s bedside. This is a great opportunity for a group (maximum of 12) to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Find out more about the meal program.

Family Social Hour

Bring snacks or desserts and plan activities for the families to do together. These events help alleviate stress, give families the opportunity to spend time together and can stimulate positive, hopeful feelings. (2-6 volunteers. Maximum of 10)

  • RMHCinema: Bring a G, PG or PG-13 movie and a supply of snacks and drinks. For extra fun, our House has a popcorn machine!  Bringing kernels instead of microwave bags will make more to be shared. RMHCinema Guidelines For an accessible version of this PDF, please contact 412-246-1104.
  • Bake & Decorate: Bake and decorate cake, cookies or brownies for our families. Children in the House may want to participate. Bake and Decorate Guidelines. For an accessible version of this PDF, please contact 412-246-1104.
  • Pamper Party: Host a party with hand massages, nail painting and foot soaks. Professionals can provide families with haircuts, chair massages or manicures. Families truly love these events.
  • Performance: If you are into entertainment, you can put on a show during dinner! Music Concert, Magic Show, Dance Party, etc.
  • Wellness Activity: Rejuvenate our families with a wellness activity! (Certifications Needed) Certified Therapy Dogs, dancing, yoga etc.
  • Craft Activity: Bring your creativity to the House and make a craft with our families.


*Please note that family attendance cannot be predicted for the family social hours and will vary based on their medical needs.

Welcome Bags

Welcome bags are a great project/donation for groups that would like to include young volunteers, or large corporate groups looking to get the whole office involved. Welcome bags are always accepted and appreciated! You can prepare 1-200 welcome bags at a time. Assemble welcome bags off site and choose the contents for our families. Bags can be either disposable or reusable. All contents must be new, individually wrapped, unexpired and factory sealed/prepackaged. For more information, please view the  Welcome Bag Guidelines For an accessible version of this PDF, please contact 412-246-1104.

  • Comfort Bag: Small blanket and/or pillow, cozy stuffed animal, small pack of tissues, hand sanitizer, adult activity book, journal, moist toilettes, new/current magazines, small decoration or uplifting sign
  • Busy Bag: Craft kits (any age), puzzles, games, gender neutral interactive toy, crayons or markers, pens
  • No Time To Pack Bag: Shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, body wash, loofah etc.
  • Snack Bag: Bottled water, chips, crackers, gummies etc.
  • Breakfast Bag: Juice box, granola bar, individual cereal box, sealed individual fruit cups, mini muffins etc.
  • Laundry Bags: Laundry pods, dryer sheets, tide pen/stick (other stain removers), reusable laundry tote

*Please do not include religious, political or cause related items in the Welcome Bags

For more information and/or to schedule a welcome bag drop off appointment, please call Morgan Knox at 412-246-1103.

Door Decor

Bring smiles to our families’ faces by decorating the doors of one of our residence floors. Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh Door Decor Guidelines For an accessible version of this PDF, please contact 412-246-1104.

*Decorations should not include religious, political or cause related themes

Wish List

Help keep our pantries full by collecting wish list items for our families. You can host wish list drives (view our wish list here) or can also purchase through our online Amazon Wish List for an easy way to ensure we receive exactly what we need. Please be sure to include your contact information so we can acknowledge your donation.

Host Your Own Event

Hosting your own fundraiser is a wonderful way to support the mission of our charity.

Individual Volunteer Opportunities – House Warmer Program

Individuals who are interested in volunteering their time on a consistent basis can assist the House as an RMHC House Warmer in the following ways:

  • Help with Administrative Duties
  • Clean and Organize
  • Provide Help with Special Projects/Parties and Mailers

*All volunteers donating their time on a consistent basis must complete a criminal background check. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. No court ordered, community service volunteer work is permitted.

*Please note that this volunteer opportunity does not guarantee interaction with our families.