All meals are delivered by volunteers who are specifically trained in at least one meal route. There are two types of volunteers in the Home Delivered Meals program.
Regular Volunteers typically commit to meal delivery one day per week. Substitute volunteers are those people unable to commit to a specific day but are still interested in helping on an as-needs basis.
Substitute Volunteers are trained in at least one route and deliver when the regular volunteer is otherwise unable to do so. To become a volunteer, individuals must have a valid driver’s license, use their own vehicle for delivery and pass a criminal background check. We ask that all volunteers make a commitment of at least five months.
For each new volunteer, an initial orientation is held in the office with the Home Delivered Meals Program Coordinator. On the day of the week the volunteer has chosen, the Program Coordinator, Program Specialist or another volunteer familiar with the route accompanies the new volunteer during delivery. During the initial route training, the new volunteer is instructed on directions to the client’s home, trained in the delivery procedure and introduced to each client. The new volunteer will be accompanied on the route as many times as needed until the volunteer is comfortable enough to take it alone. Volunteers are never sent out without complete orientation and training.
All meals are prepared, packaged and ready for pick up when the volunteers arrive each morning. Volunteers can arrive at the office anytime between 10-11:30am to pick up their food and deliver their assigned route. Most meal routes take 1-1 ½ hours to complete. Those volunteers aged 55 and older are automatically signed up with the Council on Aging’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.). Through this program volunteers hours count not only for the Home Delivered Meals Program, but also for R.S.V.P.
To inquire about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact Sarah McKinney, Director of Volunteer Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-549-4850.