Group Volunteering Auckland


Our group volunteers play a significant role in helping to create a ‘home-away-from-home’ for families. In Auckland we have a wide range of opportunities available.

Family Dinner Nights – Tuesday/Thursdays PM (up to 15 people)

Family dinners mean after a long day on the ward, families can relax and enjoy a home cooked meal by volunteers. It’s one less thing for them to worry about, so they can focus on supporting their child in hospital.

  • What’s involved: Creating a menu, purchasing ingredients and cooking for 100-120 people. It is a real challenge to cook for 120 people in less than three hours so requires planning and a few confident cooks.
  • When: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 3pm-8pm
  • Group size: 6-15
  • Cost: Food ingredients (usually more than $500)

Heat and Eat – Wednesdays AM (up to 15 people)

Heat and Eat meals are prepared by groups to stock our freezers so families can quickly enjoy a hearty meal or special treat at any time, without losing precious time preparing it.

  • What’s involved: Deciding on recipes, purchasing ingredients and cooking individual meals, soups or baking for the freezer. You determine the amount and difficulty of what you cook based on your group size/cooking skills.
  • When: Wednesdays, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Group size: 3-15
  • Cost: Food ingredients (usually less than $500)

Working Bee – Fridays AM (up to 6 people)

Just like your home, there is always plenty of work to be done! From cleaning and organising kitchens, waterblasting playgrounds and outdoor areas, to stripping and making beds.

  • What’s involved: Being ready for anything that’s needed to keep our Houses tidy and comfortable
  • When: Fridays, 9.30am-12.30pm or as needed
  • Group size: 2-6
  • Cost: No cost

School holiday programme – school holiday dates 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm (up to 6 people)

We like to make the school holidays FUN for the children staying with us, so we run activity sessions throughout the holidays.

  • What’s involved: Plan and execute a fun activity for children of all ages (we never know who will turn up!). You can use art supplies that we have in the art room and the kitchen is available for cooking on certain days.
  • When: Monday – Friday during holidays, 10am-12pm and 1pm – 3pm
  • Group size: 3-6
  • Cost: No cost unless you need to buy items for your chosen activity

Fearless Chef Team Building – Fridays with some flexibility (up to 20 people)

Not purely volunteering, this is our much raved-about corporate team building experience. A cooking challenge that also provides food and entertainment for families. Click here for more information.

  • What’s involved: Simply get your team together. All you need to do is show up and the food ingredients and facilitation will be ready for you!
  • When: Fridays 2.30pm-5pm (day and time negotiable)
  • Group size: group of 10-20
  • Cost: $2250 + GST (50% is donated to RMHC)
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Volunteer Testimonials

“Cook nights play an integral part of ASB’s support for Ronald McDonald House. It allows our staff to support the families staying at the house at a time of need when something as simple as a meal is taken care of for them.” – Shelley Dunmore, ASB

“North Harbour Rotary aims to make a difference in the lives of our community. Being involved with the Family Dinner Programme at Ronald McDonald House makes a difference to the families that we support and is a project where we build friendships within the club and have fun.” – Fay Freeman, North Harbour Rotary