Volunteer

Changing people's lives, one volunteer at a time.

New Volunteers

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Here you will create a volunteer account and sign up for a brief virtual orientation.

Existing Volunteers

If you are currently a Meals on Wheels volunteer or have volunteered in the past, please sign in to your volunteer account or contact the center manager directly to adjust your current volunteer schedule.

View the Volunteer Handbook.

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Meals on Wheels People offers a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Watch this video for an overview of what we do and why volunteers are so special to us!

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

BECOME A MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVER
Deliver meals to homebound seniors. Volunteers practice non-contact delivery and deliver a week’s worth of meals to each senior. Meals are delivered Monday-Thursday with a pick-up time between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Delivery routes take about 1.5 hours to complete. Lifting up to 25 lbs. repetitively and an SUV or vehicle with back seats down required. To get started, create a volunteer account here and sign up for a Virtual New Volunteer Orientation!

THANKSGIVING 2020
Thanksgiving will look a little different this year! Since the start of the pandemic, we have implemented once-a-week meal deliveries to our homebound clients to reduce contact. We will be continuing this process for Thanksgiving meals this year. All clients will receive a Thanksgiving meal with their scheduled weekly delivery. Unfortunately, we will not be delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day this year. We are prioritizing the safety of our staff, volunteers and clients – while still delivering a nutritious and delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal.

On Thanksgiving Day, we will need more than 500 volunteers to make Friendly Chat calls to homebound clients. These calls aim to provide socialization and human connection for seniors on the holiday through a friendly chat conversation.

New to the Friendly Chat Program? Click here to attend a Friendly Chat Orientation.

Already a Friendly Chat volunteer? Click here to sign up to make calls on Thanksgiving Day!

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

FRIENDLY CHAT
Help alleviate the social isolation that many seniors experience through our new Friendly Chat program! Friendly Chat aims to provide socialization and human connection for seniors through a friendly chat phone conversation. This volunteer opportunity can be done remotely on your own time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Click here to sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation! Already completed a Meals on Wheels People background check? Click here to sign up for a Friendly Chat Volunteer Orientation!

WELLNESS CHECK CALLS
Assist in making structured safety calls to homebound seniors to check in regarding their welfare. This volunteer opportunity can be done remotely on your own time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Click here to sign up for a New Volunteer Orientation! Already completed a Meals on Wheels People background check? Click here to sign up for a Wellness Check Volunteer Orientation!

FACE MASK DONATIONS
Meals on Wheels People is in need of face masks to protect our most vulnerable and high-risk homebound clients. Please click here to view a video on how to make face masks or download a PDF here! Face masks can be dropped off Monday-Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or sent to: Meals on Wheels People, 7710 SW 31st Avenue, Portland OR 97219.

DONATE
Due to the drastic change in its service delivery model, Meals on Wheels People is incurring costs that are unprecedented. Donations are encouraged to allow us to continue to provide food and wellness checks for homebound elderly. Donations can be made here.


Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

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With the help of over 5,500 volunteers each year, we are able to deliver 1.2 million meals to seniors in Multnomah, Washington and Clark County.

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New Volunteers

Click here to begin the online registration process. You’ll need to answer a few questions and, in most cases, attend a New Volunteer Orientation and agree to complete a background check.

Existing Volunteers

If you are currently a Meals on Wheels volunteer or have volunteered in the past, please sign in to your volunteer account or contact the center manager directly to adjust your current volunteer schedule.

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