Volunteer opportunities are built around what you do and what you need. Whether you are an individual who is looking for a volunteer opportunity, a school or youth group that would like to work together, or a business that is looking to build or add to an already existing employee volunteer program, local Senior Meals locations need your help.
Meals-On-Wheels and other senior meal delivery or non-profit congregate meal programs provide meals to millions of seniors throughout the United States. Through such programs, seniors who could not or would not otherwise eat properly are provided with services that help them live a healthy and enjoyable life.
Volunteers are necessary to any local non-profit senior meal program and you don’t have to be a good cook or have a lot of time in order to volunteer. Program volunteers do more than drive from door to door. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and package dinners to be delivered, organize schedules, make phone calls, load delivery vehicles, and deliver meals.
Congregate meal sites need volunteers to plan, cook, drive vans, help serve seniors, clean up, and more.
Perhaps as important as getting meals to seniors is your smiling face and some words of kindness and friendship. Many seniors are lonely and those that assist in meal programs are their only daily contact with other people. Many delivery volunteers take a little time with each senior to visit and provide much needed conversation.
Whether you have only a few hours one day per week, can volunteer every day, or can only work a few hours on a weekend, your assistance is needed.
Meals on Wheels organizations are often recruiting new volunteers. Each local Meals on Wheels organization has their own criteria for volunteers and this can vary. Most prefer volunteers who can give on-going and regular assistance, though they may define “regular” as little as once a month or as often as several times per week. Some Meals on Wheels organizations also need fill-ins for when they are short-staffed.
Search and contact your local organization to find out what their current requirements and qualifications are.
Once you’ve found your local organization(s):
1) Call the number given, and tell them you’d like to volunteer. Be sure to leave a message if nobody is available to take your call.
2) Consider multiple positions. As an example, an organization may have all the delivery drivers they need, but need help in the office or handling the phones.
3) Please be aware that your availability may not meet their current needs. Your inquiry is still appreciated and please consider donating financially instead.