In case you're not familiar, the Ronald McDonald House is a non-profit charity set up to care for those families who have loved ones in the hospital for an extended stay. There are mini Ronald McDonald House Family rooms inside several of the hospitals in town that give parents a bit of respite while their kids or other family members are being treated. They also have several offsite homes/mini apartments used for more long-term stays.
I've had to use the one at St. Joe's twice--the first time when Ethan had a really bad infection in his finger at 15 months old and had to be on a course of steady IV antibiotics for 3 straight days. I was pretty much living at the hospital, sleeping there, eating there, etc, and the Ronald McDonald House Family room was a place that I could shower, grab a quick snack, read some magazines, watch TV, etc. The second time was after our big accident in 07 when all three boys were injured and Cameron was at St. Joe's for 7 days being treated and operated on. At that time, I used the House to do my laundry, use the computers, relax, etc. It was such a blessing and I was so grateful for the conveniences offered there. . . all for free!
Basically what we did was tear down old beds and bedding, clean up rooms, set up new bed frames, and haul in new mattresses for the mini apartments. It just took a few hours one morning, but I felt happy to be able to give back a little. There were hundreds of volunteers there; I think much more than they were expecting! Three students came from my class and a few from the other blocks, and several of them brought spouses. It was really quick work and the weather was nice. :)