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Meal Helper at Ronald McDonald House

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ORGANIZATION: Idealist.org

Recruiting Organization: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Purpose: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) is committed to providing daily, nutritious meals for the families we serve. Meal Helpers play a critical role in this service by working alongside our culinary team to ensure the successful execution of comforting meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s.

Location: RMH near Lurie Children’s, 211 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

Key Responsibilities:

· Help execute meals planned by the culinary team by following recipes, prepping ingredients, cooking dishes, and packing or serving food.

· Maintain an organized and functional kitchen by cleaning after food preparation, emptying dishwashers, running sanitizers, restocking pantries, deep cleaning, and properly storing food.

· Manage the dining room during meal service by providing direction to guest families, upholding all safety measures, and consistently sanitizing and cleaning tables.

· If a Culinary Hearts volunteer group is present to prepare a meal during your shift:

o Act as a second-in-command to our culinary team, providing direction to and answering the questions of group participants.

o Support the culinary team in preparing for volunteer groups: gather needed supplies and ingredients, start on recipes, manage food deliveries, inventory supplies, and bring items to/from the kitchen and storage spaces as needed.

o Speak confidently to each volunteer meal group about their involvement, our House kitchen, and their impact on our mission.


· Must be at least 18 years of age.

· Comfortable cooking and knowledgeable in the kitchen.

· Adept at cleaning and maintaining a high-level of organization.

· Ability to work confidently in a busy kitchen environment.

· Willingness to work professionally and collaboratively with volunteers and staff.

· Agreement with and alignment to all RMHC-CNI rules, policies and protocols, including adherence to all safety/participation requirements.

· Capable of standing for each three-hour shift, and able to carry 35 pounds.

· Volunteers must be dependable, trustworthy, friendly and flexible.

Time Commitment and Scheduling:

· Volunteers must commit to two set, recurring shifts per month for at least one year.

· Shifts are seven days a week, 10:00am-1:00pm, 1:00-4:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm.

Training and Support:

· Volunteers must complete an orientation session, background check and on-site shadow shift.

· Meal Helpers report to our culinary team and Volunteer Services Manager.

Next Steps:

· Interested individuals can submit an application online: http://vhub.at/lurievolunteers

Stipend ProvidedFalse

Training ProvidedFalse

Housing AvailableFalse

Language/Cultral Support AvailableFalse

Wheelchair AccessibleFalse

Fee RequiredFalse

Fee Amount: None

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About Idealist.org


389 5th Ave, 9th Floor, New York, NY 11109, US

Mission Statement

To bridge the gap between intention and action in order to bring about social impact.


Idealist is a leading online global resource for finding jobs in the nonprofit sector, as well as volunteer opportunities and graduate school programs for social impact.


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Tue May 31, 2022 - Thu Jun 01, 2023
05:00 PM - 04:59 PM


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