Volunteer as a group

We offer a variety of service opportunities for groups interested in volunteering at the House. Church groups, university students, high schools, office staffs and other organizations have done group service for the House. We ask that you limit your group size to eight people at a time, age 16 years and older to maintain the restful atmosphere at the House.

Cheeriodicals visit the House!

Baked Goods: We survive by the support of our community. Bakery brings comfort to many of our families during the stress of their child’s treatment. To ensure our families health and safety are of the highest priority it is our new practice to accept ONLY baked goods made in a commercial kitchen. i.e. grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries. All items need to arrive in unopened packaging and have a visible expiration date. Items may be dropped off in our office any day of the week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. 

Dinner Groups: Cooking a meal for the residents at our Ann Arbor House is a rewarding way to serve the families who stay with us. Many families staying at our house do not have the time or energy to prepare a full meal at this time in their lives, so your meal is greatly appreciated. Meal preparation includes planning the menu, shopping for food, preparing and serving the meal, all done at the House, and then cleaning our kitchen. Please plan to cook for 35-40 people

We ask that you limit your group size to eight people at a time, age 16 years and older to maintain the restful atmosphere at the House.

If you are interested in preparing a meal for our families and want to schedule a dinner group, please send an email to Stacey Laho at: slaho@rmh-annarbor.org

Birthday Box Kits: Assembling a birthday themed box, for a child who is a guest at the House during their birthday provides a fun treat for them and their family. We recommend putting the following items in the box and wrapping the box in birthday wrap for the child to enjoy opening.

  • cake mix
  • can of frosting
  • cupcake cups 
  • plates
  • napkins
  • plastic tablecloth
  • streamers
  • blank birthday card
  • flat wrapping paper
  • pizza gift card (to provide a fun birthday food for the birthday child)


It works well to have a theme (e.g. Power Rangers, Princess, etc.)

*For child safety, we ask you not include any small toys or balloons.

Toiletry Kits: Purchasing and assembling items for toiletry kits for our families. A basic kit should be comprised of sample size toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner, body soap, deodorant, lotion, tissues, and a toothbrush. You may place them in Ziploc or cellophane bags. These may be dropped off in our office any day of the week between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Hat & Mitten Drive: This is a seasonal opportunity, but as we have many families who arrive from warmer climates and aren’t prepared for Michigan winters, this is sometimes a necessity! These may be dropped off in our office any day of the week between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Fleece Tied Throws: Handmade fleece throws are a very popular item for our families – even during the summer months as air conditioning can sometimes be a bit chilly! Both adult and child sizes are welcomed. These may be dropped off in our office any day of the week between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Wish List Group Collection: Groups are invited to look on our website for the Wish List Items currently in need at the House. Groups often work together in the collection of the items and drop them off at the House. Click this link for more information:
Host an Event: RMHAA is honored to be the beneficiary of community events organized by individuals, local organizations, schools, and businesses. The funds raised help provide the necessary services for the families who call either of our Ronald McDonald Houses their home. For more information go to our website at: contact Melissa Bauernfiend at 734-994-4442 or mbaurnfiend@rmh-annarbor.org

Pop Tab Collection: Collecting pop tabs is a great way to be of service to our House. By encouraging your class, group, church, business or organization to collect pop tabs, you can help us help families going through the toughest time of their lives. Every little bit helps! Collect your tabs in any way you would like--in coffee cans, plastic bags, boxes, buckets, or any other container with a wide opening. Set up a competition between groups to see who can collect the most!

When you’re done collecting, you can drop off your tabs any day between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 1600 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor, MI. Please call the House first if you are delivering a large quantity (734) 994-4442. Click the link for more information

Further questions on group opportunities can be sent to Stacey Laho at slaho@rmh-annarbor.org