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 are provided by groups twice a week. On these nights, after a long day on the ward, families can relax and enjoy a home cooked meal by volunteers. Get your team together, fundraise, plan the meal and make it a night that will keep families’ spirits high so they can continue supporting their child in hospital. You can also add entertainment and decorate to make it an evening for families to remember (up to five extra people to provide entertainment).

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 at any time. These meals need to be easy to freeze then reheat. This gives families the flexibility of eating a meal without losing precious time preparing it. Soup to feed the masses for lunch in the Ronald McDonald Family Room is also made on Heat and Eat Wednesdays. Ice cream containers for freezing soups is helpful. If you’re a baker, you can also create a few treats for families.

Working Bee – Fridays AM (up to 6 people)

There is always plenty of work to be done! From cleaning and organising kitchens, waterblasting playgrounds and outdoor areas, to stripping and making beds. Working bee teams need to be determined and ready for anything.  We also have projects that pop up throughout the year on different days and times. Sign up below to find out more.

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

School students and their supervisors provide fun workshops for children and families during holidays. We never know who will be around in the House so you need to get creative with your workshops, cater to all ages and between 1-10 attendees. We have art supplies and the kitchens are available on certain days for baking.

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

The team will be split into small groups to undertake a series of food-related challenges. The session will culminate with each team producing a platter of food which will be judged (often by the children staying with us) on taste and presentation as well as teamwork and innovation. Click here for more information.

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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