How can we help?
***Due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Side-by-Side Winter Weekend, previously scheduled for February 19-21.
For local and out-of-town families, we provide enthusiastic screened and trained volunteer teams of two to spend time with children (patient and/or siblings) once per week on Zoom or FaceTime. If your kids could use a fun playmate (and you could use a break), we’d love to connect with you!
We are also providing relational support for parents and caregivers during this time of "double isolation" created by pediatric illness and COVID-19.
Typically, the Family Support program includes weekly in-person connections between kids and volunteers--we are excited to return to face-to-face interactions when we are able!
For families receiving support for a patient and or sibling(s), your volunteer team will customize activities depending on the age, interests, health, and energy levels of your child(ren). This may include:
• Playing board games (virtually) or reading stories
• Making video projects together
• Crafts (our volunteers will deliver supplies!)
• Playing online games
• Telling jokes, making up fairy tales, and more!
Activities carry no cost for families or volunteers. Volunteers can provide support to local and non-local families through the duration of treatment.
For parents and caregivers receiving support, Side-by-Side Side-by-Side offers seasoned volunteers (an individual or a couple) to come alongside and share relational support via weekly conversation on Zoom, FaceTime, or a phone call.
• Volunteers are screened by our staff and trained with support from Seattle Children’s and the Ronald McDonald House.
• Volunteers follow the buddy system--there will always be two volunteers on the call with your child!
• Volunteers will maintain close communication and will follow your lead regarding special concerns.
Ready to get started? To refer a family, or refer yourself, click on a button below.
Have questions? Contact Marla.
A nurturing, playful environment where children are empowered to engage their curiosity. We serve patients and siblings age 3-5 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at the Ronald McDonald House.
***Preschool is not currently meeting in-person. We will resume as soon as schools are back in session.***
Find out more about our current offerings on our Preschool page.
Ronald McDonald House:
Join Side-by-Side for FUN at the Ronald McDonald House!
Typically, you can expect us at the RMH each month:
First Mondays: Dinner and BINGO
Second Mondays: Dinner and Crafts
Fourth Mondays: Dinner and Crafts
Check out the Ronald McDonald House website for more information about activities.