Make a Difference...
Looking to serve your community, connect with others, and fill a need?
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 in our communities.
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 sign a liability waiver and agree to participate in a brief training.
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 office 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:
- Delivery Greeters
- Team Coordinators
- Daily Coordinators
- Site Greeters
Drivers follow detailed route directions to each location. All participants have a neon orange card on or near their front door. We can also provide new drivers with color photos of the homes on their route.
Greeters assist their driver with reading route directions. Upon arrival at each participant's home, the greeter offers a friendly greeting, delivers the meal, and performs an informal safety check.
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 or individuals 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.
Daily Coordinators confirm that all routes are covered by volunteers. Sometimes church or business teams sign up to cover specified routes each day. Daily Coordinators will confirm that individual volunteers are scheduled to cover all other routes. The Daily Coordinator remains at the pick-up site until each route is covered. In the event of a volunteer no-show, the Daily Coordinator contacts their on-call substitute volunteer for assistance in getting the meals delivered or delivers the route themselves.