• Keeping families together to help kids heal faster and cope better
  • Parent Support Event Volunteers

    PSE ChristmasThe Parent Support Events were developed in collaboration with UCSF’s Benioff’s Family Advisory Council to help parents of critically ill children get to know each other and build a supportive community within the hospital. These peer support events include a simple meal and supportive conversation, during which House and UCSF staff, including social workers and child life specialists, are available to assist parents. Today, Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco supports UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay as well as the Children’s Hospital Oakland! RMH-SF is grateful for the opportunity to extend this program to families in the East Bay in partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

    As a Parent Support Event (PSE) volunteer, your assistance at monthly events will truly support parents and children in the hospital. Every PSE volunteer is screened and receives specialized training in order to be prepared to work in a sometimes emotionally complex hospital environment.

    Our program currently runs once twice a month in the evening at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Mission Bay and once a month at Children’s Hospital Oakland. As a volunteer, you will help serve food and beverages to family members who are visiting or staying with their children at the hospital. You’ll find that many families greatly appreciate and look forward to the meals.

    Although the training process can seem thorough and time-consuming compared to other volunteer opportunities, the smiles and appreciation from the parents you help will make the initial process seem like a distant memory.

    All volunteer candidates must be 18 years or older and complete the following orientations prior to placement:

    Step 1: Please contact Miriam Shouldice at miriam@ronaldhouse-sf.org.

    Step 2: You will be contacted to arrange an interview.