Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco
As a volunteer, you will truly be supporting parents and children in the hospital. Every Child’s Bedside Program volunteer is screened and receives specialized training. Once their training is complete, volunteers visit families in eleven major units at the hospital.
Our program currently runs four times a week: Monday afternoon, Wednesday afternoon, Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. Volunteers work on the day that best fits their schedule. As a volunteer, you will distribute beverages and treats to parents who remain next to their child’s bedside at the hospital and engage in friendly conversation with families who want to talk. You’ll find that many families look forward to your visit!
Our goal is to provide you with full training that offers the knowledge, skills and policies you will need during your shift. We understand that the training process is thorough and time-consuming; however the smiles and appreciation from the parents you help will make the initial process seem like a distant memory.
All volunteer candidates must be 18 years or older and complete the following orientations prior to placement:
Step 1: Join us for Ronald McDonald House volunteer training! Orientations are held on a monthly basis at 6 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator and complete a Volunteer Application to learn when the next training session will be held.
Step 2: Attend the Volunteer Services orientation at UCSF Medical Center to learn about hospital policies and procedures.
Step 3: Complete the Child Life Services training at UCSF Medical Center. This training is offered once a month. Part of their requirement includes fingerprinting and a medical clearance from Occupational Health services.
Step 4: Experience the joy of volunteering!