Volunteer Groups

SITE Centers meal deliveryVolunteer groups help make the House a home, providing meals, entertainment and activities. In 2019, groups provided 588 meals for our families at our Cleveland House alone. In 2020, even with the suspension of meal groups, our Akron and Cleveland House programs served over 50,000 individual meals–meals that our families would not have been able to safely get on their own.

While the pandemic forced us to temporarily suspend volunteer activity, our groups were never far, contributing financially, sending supplies and catering meals. Simply put, we could not give our families this level of service without your generosity and commitment. If you are able, we are still in need of monetary donations to help provide meals to our families.

Now, we’re excited to welcome volunteer groups back into our Cleveland House! Akron House volunteer group activities remain suspended at this time.

Cook up some Compassionate Cuisine in Cleveland!

preparing dinner at the House

COVID changed the way we could serve families, but together, through collaboration and creativity, we overcame! Transitioning back to serving the house in person is a rewarding experience that benefits the medically fragile community. We are grateful to positively impact families, one meal at a time!

Mitchell and Mindy Rivas, Founders, Maryssa's Mission Foundation

volunteer packaging mealsWe serve three meals per day at the House. This removes a huge financial burden from our families, and takes away the stress of having to figure out what, when and where to eat in an unfamiliar place. We’ve implemented new Compassionate Cuisine Guidelines,* including COVID-19 protocols, and groups of up to four adults are needed to help prepare dinners for our families.

It’s as simple as Book… and Cook!

  1. Select a Date and make a minimum $100 donation from your group to help defray food costs.
  2. Prepare and Package your meal in our kitchen. We’ll have everything ready for you when you arrive, including recipes from our tested and family-approved options, ingredients and equipment.

Choose some open dates from the calendar below and submit the Cleveland Meal Group Contact Form. We’ll be in touch with you shortly to confirm your commitment!

*Compassionate Cuisine volunteer groups at the Ronald McDonald House must follow these guidelines at all times.

Help Our Garden Grow!

Three volunteers posing with a wheelbarrow full of mulch at the Cleveland HouseOur 2+ acres of outdoor space include vegetable & herb gardens, cooking & dining areas, furnished patios, a koi pond, play areas, contemplative walkway and quite places to sit amongst the greenery. Next to meals, our gardens are consistently ranked as one of the amenities most appreciated by families at the House. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our outdoor space has become even more important as a safe and peaceful place families can go to ease their stress.

We’ve implemented new Outdoor Volunteer Group Guidelines,* including COVID-19 protocols, and groups of up to eight adults are needed periodically to help us maintain this beautiful oasis. If your group is interested, please contact Scott Lovasz at

*Outdoor volunteer groups at the Ronald McDonald House must follow these guidelines at all times.

Cleveland House Meal Group Calendar

Cleveland House Meal Group Contact Form

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Akron House Group Volunteer Opportunities: Temporarily Suspended

Two volunteers wearing matching shirts baking fresh cookies in the Akron house kitchenAt our Akron Ronald McDonald House, volunteer groups are a tremendous help with many of our larger projects. Groups can be from 4-6 people at one time with projects around 2-hours in duration. If the group is new to the House we spend the first portion of the visit with a tour of our House and information about our mission and history. This allows the group members to better understand exactly how their volunteer work helps our families.

Group projects are based around cleaning, stocking, organizing and baking. Projects may include washing walls and woodwork throughout the House, sweeping the patio and entrance areas, sweeping & mopping hard floors, baking to build up our cookie stock and/or processing pantry item donations.

For more information about group volunteer opportunities, please contact our Akron House Volunteer Manager, Jenny Fowler, at or 330.253.5400