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Volunteer Opportunities – Portland House

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at our
Ronald McDonald House in Portland!

Browse the opportunities available below.

Individual Volunteers

Our Shift Volunteers make our Houses feel like a “home-away-from-home.” Shift Volunteers maintain a set schedule of 3-hour shifts weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. Shift Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old and commit to at least 12 months of service, subject to our needs.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Be the “host or hostess” of our House. Greet guests and volunteers, answer phones, help with family check-ins, and give tours as needed.
  • Help keep our House clean and organized. Clean and make up guest rooms, maintain House laundry, clean play areas, organize library, wipe down tables, re-stock items around the House, etc.
  • Help keep our kitchen spotless and welcoming for families and guest chefs. Clean out refrigerators, empty dishwashers, re-stock kitchen supplies, etc.

1. Complete our online volunteer application or email a completed PDF application to our House Manager.
2. Complete the Background Check and Confidentiality forms.
3. Schedule interview with our Portland House Manager.

Guest Chef Volunteers

Our Guest Chef Program provides a well-balanced meal to warm the hearts and bellies of families when they return from a long day at the hospital. This program is for individuals and groups with a maximum of 8 volunteers at our House in Portland. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone.


  • Family meals should serve approximately 20 people for the Portland House.
  • Dinner is served buffet style by 6 pm. Guest chefs should arrive between 4 – 4:30 pm.
  • Breakfast is served at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Groups should be limited to 8 people.
  • All food must be prepared in RMHC’s kitchen, with the exception of food prepared in a commercial kitchen.
  • If you plan to grill, please review our instructions on proper use: Grill Instructions

*New Volunteers

  1.  Complete the Volunteer Application (online or PDF), Background Check and Confidentiality forms, and email to House Manager. (Groups should submit one form using the group lead’s information).
  2.  Download and review the Guest Chef program guidelines for Portland.
  3.  Find an available date on our Portland Guest Chef Calendar. Contact House Manager by email or phone (207-780-6282 ext. 316).

Please note: Selected dates are not guaranteed until confirmed by House Manager.


Off Site Opportunities

Tab Top Program
Individuals, schools, businesses and corporations can help raise funds by saving tab tops from aluminum cans and recycling them for the proceeds to benefit our Houses. Learn More.

Wish List Drive
Collect items that are crucial to making our House a home. Download a wish list, or shop from the comfort of your home with our Amazon wish list.

Host a Fundraising Event
Host an event and donate the proceeds to benefit our Houses. Office jeans day, garage sale, lemonade stand, you name it! Learn More.

Questions about volunteering at our Portland House on Brackett Street?
Contact our House Manager at 207-780-6282 ext. 316.