Volunteers

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 are asked to complete a volunteer packet that includes contact information, liability waiver, confidentiality and conflict of interest statement, photo release form, and background screening.

Meals on Wheels Rowan accepts volunteer applications

  • Online
    Click HERE to fill out our online Volunteer Application.
  • By phone
    Call 704-633-0352
  • In Person
    Visit our office during business hours, Monday  - Friday.

Volunteer Training
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 scombs@mowrowan.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:

  • Drivers
  • Delivery Greeters or Jumpers
  • Team Coordinators
  • Site Greeters
  • Site Volunteers

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 Coordinators confirm that all routes are covered by volunteers.  Sometimes church or business teams sign up to cover specified routes each day.  Site Coordinators will confirm that individual volunteers are scheduled to cover all other routes.  The Site Coordinator remains at the pick-up site until each route is covered.  In the event of a volunteer no-show, the Site Coordinator contacts their on-call substitute volunteer for assistance in getting the meals delivered or delivers the route themselves.