As things slowly start to open back up and people begin to return to work, Meals on Wheels will experience a need for more volunteers. Some of our older volunteers may still need to refrain from volunteering and their return to delivering meals may be more gradual. Prior to this pandemic, many Meals on Wheels programs were in a critical shortage of volunteers and our Ottawa program was no different. At this time our recruitment efforts will focus on volunteer drivers only. This is a great opportunity for people who have time during the day to give back to the community.
Deliver nutritious meals and provide a caring contact to seniors and adults with disabilities in Ottawa.
Meals are delivered from our office located at 670 Albert St as well as other partner kitchens throughout central Ottawa. Meals are delivered in our catchment area.
There are multiple volunteer shifts available throughout the week. Each shift takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Shifts are currently as follows:
The volunteer commitment is flexible and is usually once a week or biweekly. Each shift is 2 hours. Some volunteers also help out on an “on call” basis.
Due to COVID-19, we are providing online training only. This training take approximately 1 hour 15 minutes. You will be contacted about training after signing up.
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Thank you for supporting Meals on Wheels in this time of crisis and ensuring our essential service is able to continue. We look forward to connecting with you soon!
* NOTE: Meals on Wheels usually has multiple volunteer opportunities as listed below, however due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently only recruiting drivers (see above).
Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunities include:
Drivers and Servers deliver meals in both our hot meal and frozen meal programs. Drivers use their own vehicles and are paired up with a volunteer Server. Servers do not need to have their own vehicle. Delivery of a route takes approximately 2 hours. During this short time, volunteers see the direct impact their help makes in the clients’ lives.
Depot Drivers with larger vehicles (SUV, minivan or wagon) are also needed for the depot run for four routes out to the west part of our catchment area.
In Spring and Summer, cyclists use their own bikes and our customized Meals on Wheels trailer for meal deliveries.
We also have a need for bilingual volunteers to help in the office assisting on the phones and providing administrative support. Bilingual delivery volunteers are also a great asset so that we can provide the best service to our French speaking clients.
Our Board of Directors, individuals helping on various committees and special projects, as well as those serving as Ambassadors in the community round out our diverse and dedicated team of volunteers.
Contact us to find out where your time and talents can be invested in our agency.
The first delivery of frozen meals was made on April 25th, 1991.