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 new volunteer drivers who will be able to continue to deliver meals on a longer term basis (6+ months). This is a great opportunity for people who have time during the day to give back to the community. All volunteers will need a current level 3 police record check for volunteer service with the vulnerable sector (less than 12 months). Before applying, please go through Ontario Public Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment to ensure your health and safety.
We have been so grateful for how the community has stepped up in this time of crisis to make sure our essential service has been able to continue. We are thankful to all those who are using the time, when their employment situation may have changed, to make sure our seniors and adults with disabilities are being cared for and provided nutritional support and a check in.
If you are only temporarily available during the pandemic we still want to hear from you. All help and support is welcome!
If you want to support in other ways, consider making a donation, or telling the seniors and adults with disabilities in your life about our meal delivery service.
* Please note, Meals on Wheels usually has multiple volunteer opportunities as listed below, however we are currently only recruiting drivers.
Meals on Wheels volunteer opportunities include:
Drivers and servers help deliver meals in both our hot meal and frozen meal programs. Delivery of a route takes approximately 2 hours. During this short time, our volunteers see the direct impact their help makes in the lives of our clients.
Volunteer drivers with larger vehicles (SUV, minivan or wagon) are also needed for the depot run of four routes out to the west part of our catchment area for pick up by delivery volunteers.
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.
Contact us to inquire about joining our dedicated team of volunteers.
We hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) every June. Contact us if you would like to attend.