Volunteer

A volunteer and a Meals on Wheels client hugging

Meals on Wheels is the only nationwide, community-based network of support dedicated to
making sure that no senior is ever left isolated or hungry. Meals on Wheels of Wake County serves prepared meals to vulnerable populations throughout the county and relies heavily on volunteers for distribution.

With over 1,300 elderly and disabled clients fed daily, your help plays a pivotal role in completing our mission. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities to choose from for both groups and individuals. Volunteers can commit daily, weekly, monthly or annually from any of our volunteer locations.

Volunteer Opportunities

Packing
Volunteers are needed to help pack meals for our clients Monday-Friday at our Blair Drive and North Raleigh sites. 1-3 people can form an assembly line to place milks, fruit and bread inside plastic bags for distribution. Packing starts at 9:30am and lasts about 30 minutes. 

Delivery Drivers
Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver lunch and smiles to our senior and disabled clients Monday-Friday. Meal delivery takes about 60 to 90 minutes. Please arrive between 10 and 11am. You will be given complete turn by turn directions via our app or printed directions. If you don't want to return coolers to the site when your route is done, bring two medium sized coolers of your own to transport the food. Volunteers can commit daily, weekly, monthly or annually. 
What to bring: Smart Phone (optional) and 2 medium sized coolers (optional). 

Backup Delivery 
Want to give back but can't make it a regular event? Are you sometimes free for an hour Monday-Friday starting between 10-11:30am? Be a backup driver for Wake County Meals On Wheels! Meals On Wheels will contact you and see if you're free for any routes that don't have a driver. 

Meal delivery takes about 60 to 90 minutes. You will be given complete turn by turn directions via our app or printed directions. If you don't want to return coolers to the site when your route is done, bring two medium sized coolers of your own to transport the food. What to bring: Smart Phone (optional) and 2 medium sized coolers (optional). 

Kitchen Assistant
Volunteers would be assisting in bagging, serving, cleaning and temperature checks in the kitchen, and creating relationships with our seniors Monday-Friday at various times between 9:30am-12pm.Volunteers can commit daily, weekly, monthly or annually. 

Kiosk Manager
Tech savvy volunteers needed! Volunteers would be helping seniors sign into our kiosk Monday-Friday at various times between the hours of 9:30am and 12pm. Training will be provided but basic tech skills are needed. Volunteers can commit daily, weekly, monthly or annually. 

Activity Coordinator
The activity volunteer would be hosting an extracurricular or educational activity. Examples are bingo, crafts, karaoke, or an educational presentation. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday at various times between 9:30am-12pm and can commit daily, weekly, monthly or annually. What to bring: games, prizes, worksheets, craft supplies, etc. (optional). 
 

Deliver Meals 
Organizations can adopt a route! Organizations would coordinate a rotation of employees to drive meals on a regular basis Monday-Friday. For example the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month you will send out one employee to cover a route. Each designated Thursday a different employee will be sent to complete the route. Please make sure to fill out a group application. What to bring: Smart Phone (optional) and 2 medium sized coolers (optional).

Backup Drivers
If your office can’t commit to a regular schedule but would possibly have someone to cover a 60-90 minute route Monday-Friday between 10am and 1:30pm? Then be an organization on a list our site managers can call if they require last minute coverage. Please make sure to fill out a group application.
What to bring: Smart Phone (optional) and 2 medium sized coolers (optional).

One-Time Team Building Event
Can't commit to a regular delivery schedule? Then perhaps a one time "team building" event is right for you. Pick one day Monday-Friday, and we can reserve several routes for you. Depending on the location you select we can accommodate up to 10 employees a day in groups of 2. A site manager will help you plan the experience. Please make sure to fill out a group application.
What to bring: Smart Phone (optional) and 2 medium sized coolers (optional).

Make A Group Donation or Organize A Fundraiser
Donations can be in-kind (gifts, prizes, necessities, hygiene kits, etc.) or monetary to directly provide meals for seniors. Here's an idea of how your donation can help: $140 provides meals for one person for one month; $840 provides meals for six months; $1,700 provides meals for one year for one person. You can make a direct donation or hold your own fundraising event like a car wash, bake sale, or raffle to get donations. In order to coordinate the details of delivery and storage of donated items, please reach out to brandee@wakemow.org. Many of our sites do not have additional storage, and we have limited capacity for transporting items en masse.

Assemble “Breakfast Bags” or Shelf Stable Food Kits
Compile supplemental food for our clients assembly line style. This can be done right in your office at any time! Breakfast bags and shelf stable meal bags are a wonderful way to supply our seniors with extra food should the power go out, or should they not have a prepared meal handy. Please review our document regarding supplemental food bags before preparing them. Please reach out to brandee@wakemow.org to coordinate the delivery before the bags are prepared.

Write Greeting Cards to Seniors 
A thoughtful note goes a long way to the 1 in 4 seniors that experience loneliness from isolation. This can be done at any time right in your own office! Please have notes or cards delivery ready- reach out to brandee@wakemow.org to coordinate drop off.

Sponsor Meals From A Local Restaurant/Food Truck/Caterer
We love providing meals from the community to our clients- it is a critical part of not only ensuring that they experience a diversity of cuisine, but also a wonderful way to keep seniors rooted in their communities. Meal sponsoring can take place Monday-Friday. If you would like to fund local meals for our clients, please reach out to brandee@wakemow.org.

Sponsor and Run A Friendship Cafe Activity
Our Friendship Cafes need a daily activity for an hour Monday-Friday at varying times between 9:30-11am. Your group could bring in all the supplies and then help seniors make a craft, build flower arrangements, have an ice cream social, help them with their technology, run a bingo game with prizes, and more.