VOLUNTEER YOUR WAY
WHY VOLUNTEER WITH MEALS ON WHEELS FOR WNY?
Volunteering with Meals on Wheels is deeply satisfying and easy to fit into even the busiest schedule. It takes only an hour of your day to deliver meals and a smile to the homebound and you can volunteer as frequently as you wish. And, as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, you help to enrich the lives of homebound seniors and disabled individuals by enabling them to maintain their dignity and independence. If that isn’t enough, just think of all the new friends you’ll make!
Meal-delivery volunteers are needed Monday through Friday at various locations throughout WNY, including the city of Buffalo. Volunteers sign up as either drivers, servers or both and generally work in pairs to deliver much-needed nutrition and friendly conversation to up to 12 clients during the lunch hour. Volunteers can work as little or as much as they like – working every day, once a week or even once a month.
Q: Who should volunteer?
A: Anyone looking to make a difference! Volunteering is a great opportunity for retirees, college students, business professionals, teachers, shift workers, stay-at-home moms and dads, church groups and others.
Q: Are there any requirements for volunteers?
A: Volunteers must be 16 years old or older, unless accompanied by a parent. Also, Meals on Wheels runs a basic background check on all volunteers prior to their starting to help ensure the safety of the clients.
Q: Do I have to have a car?
A: No. Both drivers and servers are needed. Based on where the site nearest you is located, you may be in easy walking distance, or Meals on Wheels may be able to arrange to have a driver pick you up and drop you off for volunteering.
Q: When is volunteering?
A: The primary volunteer assignment – assisting with meal delivery – is done on weekdays only between the hours of 11 am to 1 pm. Note that each site has a defined start and end time and that a route generally takes an hour or less.
Volunteers can assist us in answering calls at our central office; shifts are available from 8 am - 12 pm, 12 pm - 4 pm or 8 am - 4 pm. Volunteers also are needed to assist in the office with a myriad of tasks such as filing, stuffing envelopes, and setting up for events. Skilled professionals, such as graphic designers, also are needed to assist with Meals on Wheels projects. Office, event and professional assistance is less regular but still very important to the organization.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Many companies are finding it harder and harder to give back to the communities at a time when a majority of employees are considering community engagement increasingly important. That’s why Meals on Wheels’ Adopt-A-Route program is perfect for the workplace. The company signs up to cover a specific route every week and eight or more employees sign up to volunteer. Each employee gives up just one lunch hour per month.
Many community-oriented organizations, such as churches, associations and clubs, look to group volunteering as a way to forge deeper relationships while giving back to the community. Our Adopt-A-Route program is perfect for any group looking to make a difference in the community. Delivering meals to the homebound gives participants a chance to have a deep, meaningful impact on the community and to directly get to know those who are being served.