Meals on Wheels Needs YOU!
Looking to serve your community, connect with others, and fill a need?
Watch the video below to learn about becoming a Meals on Wheels Rowan Volunteer!
If you can give one hour of time and one gallon of gas, you can be a Meals on Wheels volunteer! Meals on Wheels Rowan needs volunteers to deliver nutritious meals and a friendly greeting to the homebound seniors and disabled individuals in our community.
Volunteers serve as members of a delivery team. Volunteers deliver in teams of two. One person drives and the other navigates, greets participants and delivers the meal. You can deliver once a week, twice a month or once a month! We can work with your schedule! You can select the area of the county where you would like to deliver meals or volunteer to help in the area where volunteers are currently needed. Volunteers are asked to complete a volunteer packet that includes contact information, liability waiver, confidentiality and conflict of interest statement, and photo release form.
Volunteer Pick-Up Sites
Meals on Wheels Rowan Office - 1307 S. Salisbury Avenue, Spencer - For deliveries in and around Salisbury and Spencer.
Mt. Zion United Church of Christ - 1415 S. Main Street, China Grove - For deliveries in and around Kannapolis, Enochville, Landis, China Grove and South Rowan.
Shiloh United Methodist Church - 234 S. Main Street, Granite Quarry - For deliveries in and around Rockwell, Granite Quarry, Bostian Heights and Faith.
St. Matthews Lutheran Church - 9275 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury - For deliveries in and around Gold Hill and East Rowan.
RHA Health Services - 211 Roseman Lane, Cleveland - For deliveries in and around Cleveland and West Rowan.
St. Luke's Lutheran Church - 11020 NC Hwy 801, Mt. Ulla - For deliveries in and around Mt. Ulla and West Rowan.
Meals on Wheels Rowan accepts volunteer applications
Click HERE to fill out our online Volunteer Application.
- By phone
- In Person
Visit our office during business hours, Monday - Friday.
Volunteer training is offered for individuals, small groups, and teams. Training materials are available electronically and in hard copy. Volunteers should allow 15 - 30 minutes for training. Contact the Meals on Wheels Program Director, Sandy Combs at 704-633-0352 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a training session.
In-service training is offered at each site. In-service training may last from 5-10 minutes and is provided to update volunteers on changes in process, correcting issues with delivering special meals, safety concerns, precautions, etc. Site Coordinators may conduct an in-service training from 4-10 times each month in an effort to reach all of the volunteers who normally pick up at their site.
Volunteer Positions include:
1. Meal Delivery
- Drivers - follow detailed route directions to each location. We provide new volunteer delivery teams with specific directions and a reference notebook with photographs of the participant homes for their first few delivery assignments.
- Delivery Greeters or "Jumpers" - assist their driver with reading route directions. Upon arrival at each participant's home, the greeter offers a friendly greeting, delivers the meal, and observes for any changes in condition or safety issues in the immediate vicinity of the home.
- Team Coordinators - schedule volunteers to deliver on the team's assigned day(s). For example, some teams deliver on the first and third Wednesday's, while others may deliver Monday through Friday during the second week of each month. Teams may deliver:
- one day a week
- one day a month
- two days a month
- two or three days a week
- one week each month
Teams usually consist of "regulars and substitutes." If for any reason one of the regular members of the delivery team is unable to deliver, the coordinator will call on the substitutes to fill in for the day.
- Site Greeters - welcome volunteers, ensure everyone signs in, offer refreshments and car magnets.
- Site Volunteers - assist with organizing special deliveries and more.
2. Comfort Callers - call participants weekly or bi-weekly to touch base.
3. Grocery Program Shoppers
4. Office and Administration Volunteers - help with special mailings, office tasks, and more.
5. Special Projects Volunteers(i.e., AniMEALS, etc.) - help set up pet food drop off locations, visit businesses for September Sip, Sup, and Shop, solicit items for the Fuzzy Buddies Fun Day and Valentines Non-Event gift baskets, and distribute event posters and flyers.
6. Annual BBQ Fundraiser Volunteers - prepare BBQ plates, deliver BBQ meals to businesses, collect tickets, help with the drive thru, assist guests with beverages and desserts, check in volunteers, and more.