The Providence Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing for the families of hospitalized children. Our goal is to offer parents and children a safe, warm environment during a difficult time. Our families come from as far away as Australia and as nearby as Newport. Volunteers are the heart of our House. We need people to undertake a variety of duties. Some of these responsibilities include: checking guests in and out, answering telephones, processing referrals from the hospital, assisting with household chores, cooking meals and baking treats. Often, what our guests need most is a reassuring presence and a friendly face.