Below you will find some basic information about our activity nights as well as House guidelines that will make your night a success for your group and our families. Thank you for your interest in hosting an activity at the Ronald McDonald House!

About Family Activities

Our goal is to provide families with a variety of age-appropriate opportunities for activities, entertainment, and education while staying at the House.

Activity Nights are scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 Monday – Friday. Please arrive at 6:00 to allow time for set-up.

I’d like to host an activity!

  1. Read and agree to adhere to our Activity Group Guidelines.
  2. Crafts on tablesFill out the Activity Group Application.
  3. Complete our online Background Check Form.
  4. Schedule an orientation session with the Volunteer Coordinator before your scheduled activity.
    • The designated lead is required to attend an on-site orientation with the Volunteer Coordinator.
  5. Take a look at our Programs and Activities Calendar and email Alice Taylor to reserve your date and discuss your activity.
  6. Plan your activity.
  7. Come to RMHCA on your confirmed date and have fun with our families!

Choosing an Activity

When choosing an activity, keep in mind that the majority of our children are grade school age or younger.

For ideas and suggestions, please view our full list of Family Programs & Activities

Activities might include but are not limited to:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Performance of music, dances, and/or plays
  • Music and/or dance instruction
  • Karaoke
  • Stress Management
  • Active indoor games (hula hoops, darts, bowling)
  • Clowns and magic shows
  • Financial Counseling
  • Arranging for a professional group to come in and perform
  • See more detailed list

Supplies for Arts & Crafts

Supplies for the activity are provided by the volunteer group. Plan enough supplies for 10 – 15 children. Read the labels and only purchase art and craft materials intended for children.

Guidelines for Selecting Art and Craft Materials for Children for children up to 12 years of age (pre-kindergarten through grade 6):

  • Note that even products labeled ‘non-toxic’ when used in an unintended manner can have harmful effects.
  • Products with cautionary/warning labels should not be used with children pre-kindergarten through grade 6.
  • No solvents and solvent-based supplies, which include turpentine, paint thinner, shellac, toluene, and some glues, inks, and a few solvent-containing permanent markers.
  • No materials in self-pressurized containers.
  • No acids, alkalis, bleaches, or corrosives.
  • No products or processes that produce airborne dusts which can be inhaled.
  • No old supplies or unlabeled supplies.
  • No materials with lead, cadmium, and other heavy metals.

On Your Activity Night

*If at any time during the evening you need assistance, please see Alice Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator or Sandra Hall, Meal Program Coordinator. If they are not available at the time, the Front Desk will be able to assist you.

  • Everyone must be healthy with no signs of illness. If in doubt, please do not attend.
  • The designated lead must be in attendance.
  • We would like for your group to consist of at least two people.
  • Fill out the group sign-in form completely when you arrive at the front desk, and each member of your group must sign in on that form. That is our only record that you are in the House and volunteered.
  • Set up your activity. If necessary, bring plastic coverings to protect the work table.
  • After the event, please return the space to the same or better condition than you found it. Sanitize table surfaces and wipe them with paper towels. Do not leave any supplies in the dining area. If you would like to donate leftover supplies, please bring them to the front desk.

Questions?

Contact:
Volunteer Coordinator, Alice Taylor
205-638-7372
alice.taylor@rmhca.org

OR

April Dickerson
Director of Family Programming
205-638-7257
april.dickerson@rmhca.org