Group Volunteer Opportunities
Bring your friends, family or co-workers and make a meal for our families.
A hot meal can do wonders for families who spend long days caring for their seriously ill children. We are looking for groups of up to 10 volunteers to prepare a menu, purchase the ingredients, cook and serve the meal to our families in our kitchen.
- Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, we are only allowing groups of up to 10 volunteers.
- All volunteers must be 14 years of age or older. Volunteers between the age of 14-17 must have a parent/guardian with them.
- Parents/guardians must register and sign up for the date in VolunteerHub. Volunteers 17 and under do not need to sign up online and will be given waivers to fill out and bring to the volunteer opportunity.
- Volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We will ask that you sign a waiver stating you have received your vaccination. All volunteers must wear a face mask at all times while volunteering (regardless of vaccination status).
- To reserve a date on our calendar, we first need 1 volunteer to act as the Group Leader and register with our VolunteerHub site and reserve a date. Once the date is reserved, we will reach out with registration instructions for the other volunteers. Please see below for the links to sign up.
- Plan to prepare enough food for at least 50 people. For reference, our Aurora house can serve up to 45 families per night and our Denver House can serve up to 73 families. However, not all families will attend dinner!
- There is a monetary commitment for this opportunity: The group is responsible for preparing a menu and purchasing all of the food ingredients.
- Confirm your menu with the Volunteer Manager as soon as you can. At least 1 week before, as we advertise the upcoming week’s menu throughout the facility.
- RMHC will provide cookware (suitable for cooking for large groups), kitchen supplies and basics (gloves, cleaning supplies, paper towel, etc.) needed. Our kitchen is very large with ample space for food preparation. It has multiple stovetops, ovens, dishwashers, and many appliances for your use. See pictures and get more information about our kitchens
- All food must be prepared in our facility, a commercial kitchen or packaged from a store. No meal preparation can be done in advance!
- If you have leftover food, you are welcome to sit down and enjoy your meal. You can also make up to 15 to go meals for families who may have missed the meal. To-go containers will be provided by RMHC. If you have more food leftover after preparing the to go meals, you must bring the food home with you, due to our limited refrigerator space.
Weekday Breakfast and Weekend Brunch
- Weekday breakfast is served from 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
- You can arrive at 7 a.m. to start cooking and set up. Please no earlier, as no staff will be here.
- Weekend Brunch is served from 10-11 a.m.
- We recommend arriving at 9 a.m, and not before 8.
- Breakfast/Brunch Menu Ideas: Choose foods that are easy to prepare in bulk and can be cooked quickly or “to order.” We encourage you to get creative with your menu. Consider serving hot items and not just continental breakfast items. For example: Eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast burritos, hashbrowns, oatmeal, French toast, waffles, pancakes, egg bakes, breakfast pastries, biscuits, and gravy, etc.
- Dinner is served from 6-7 p.m.
- Plan to arrive around 4 p.m. so you have two hours to cook before beginning serving at 6 p.m. If you need more time, you are welcome to arrive as early as 2 p.m.
- Dinner Menu Ideas: We recommend foods that are easy to prepare in bulk and within the allotted time.
- Meals should include 1 main dish (meat and vegetarian option preferred), 1-2 side dishes and 1 dessert. For example: Lasagna and Pasta Dishes, Mac and Cheese & Casseroles, Wraps, Soups and Salads, Chili, Meat/Veggie/Starch, Ethnic Dishes (Enchiladas, Stir Fry, etc.)
- Choose a Group Leader. The Group Leader will register on our VolunteerHub site first. The Group Leader will choose an opportunity and sign up, reserving the date for your group.
- Once the date is reserved, the Volunteer Manager will be in touch with the Group Leader with registration instructions for the rest of the group.
- Once the group is all signed up, you will receive email notifications with parking and arrival instructions and other important information. The Volunteer Manager will also be in touch to confirm your menu and answer any additional questions.