Senior Meals Program
Whether you have a few hours on one day per week, can volunteer sporadically, or can only work a few hours on a one-time project, your assistance is needed.
Delivery Driver: to follow a specified route to deliver meals to needy, homebound seniors. (Requires at least a one- time per week, 3 hour a day, commitment.) Volunteer uses own vehicle with some mileage reimbursement, if desired.
Birthday Fairy: to make or obtain birthday cards for the delivery drivers to give to the seniors in our program.
Dining Room Greeter/Assistant: to greet and sign-in seniors for lunch and/or assist with serving, clean-up or other activities, at one of our congregate dining sites. (county-wide)
Kitchen Food Packager: to help spoon/place food in individual meal containers to be delivered to homebound seniors.
Pantry Assistant: to help needy seniors shop at one of our senior pantries by repacking/sorting food, or bagging groceries.
Program Assistant: to provide general office/operational support to program staff. Responsibilities may include filing, copying, answering phones, making calls, mailings and basic data entry. Some computer experience is necessary. (Schedule is very flexible)
Safety Checker : Make afternoon calls to seniors and/or emergency contacts for those who did not come to the door for their meals, to make sure they are safe.
Special Events/Projects: We have events and fundraisers that require extra help periodically and we can often schedule a group who is willing to help with anything from spring cleaning a facility, to special meal prep, and any of the following:
Each October there is an Annual FOOD Drive where on one Saturday volunteers are needed to pick up bags of food in a mapped out neighborhood and deliver them to a designated site. Packers are then needed to box the items to go to one of our Senior Meals pantries.
Each December we participate in the Be a SANTA to a Senior program and with Home Instead to deliver Christmas presents to isolated seniors who otherwise would not be getting a Christmas gift.
Every fall we package hundreds of shelf-stable, EMERGENCY meals to deliver to each senior in our program to have available in case of bad weather and we are unable to make our usual delivery.
Every winter we set up people/organizations with WINTER-hardy vehicles to make essential food deliveries, if our usual drivers are unable to travel.
Any time of year food is needed. A group could do their own FOOD Drive to deliver to one of our pantries.
If you know of FARMERS OR GARDENERS who have extra produce of any amount, we are happy to share it with the seniors who are no longer able to garden.
To volunteer to meet any of these needs, or to find out more information, call Pamela at: 616-459-3111 x 16 or email firstname.lastname@example.org