a la carte Opportunities

a la carte Opportunities

Special volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. To volunteer for one of the dated opportunities below, click the link to sign up online.

 

Animeals Delivery Drivers

Description:

Companionship comes in all shapes and sizes! We know that some of our recipients have companion pets who ‘mean the world’ to them. When food and budgets get tight, these pets vie for nourishment, sometimes eating from the meals we deliver (which is not good for either the person OR the pet!)
Our Animeals program provides a monthly subsidy of donated pet food that will help alleviate that strain. Your delivery will provide appropriate food — pet food — for those furry friends! We bet you will receive a special thank you in the form of wags, wiggles, and purrs! Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up order from Meals on Wheels office
  • Deliver to a specified route
  • Route sheet provided

Date of Current Needs:

  • These routes are delivered about once a month. Sign up for our email list to make sure you are notified.

Time required:

  • Delivery will take approximately 1 hour

Wrap/Fill/Provide Birthday Boxes

Description:

We provide a birthday box to each meal recipient on their special day. This is a wonderful opportunity for organizations or individuals to fill and wrap boxes that will be especially meaningful. Read more.

Deliver Birthday Boxes

Description:

Meals on Wheels is blessed by the many kind individuals and groups who pack and wrap Birthday Boxes for our meal recipients: a shoebox or something similar, festively wrapped, and filled with all sorts of treats sure to make a total stranger smile on their special day! For some of our recipients, it’s their favorite gift they receive! Your time to deliver this present, and perhaps chat for a few minutes will likely be the best gift of all. Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up boxes from the Meals on Wheels office
  • Deliver to meal recipients within 2-3 days of stated birthday
  • Route sheet provided

Date of Current Needs:

  • These gifts are currently being delivered with meals

Time required:

  • Time varies depending on the number of birthdays, and how long you are able to visit

Deliver Nutritional Supplement Order

Description:

Some of our meal recipients have been nutritionally challenged for some time before receiving our services, whether from financial constraints, medical challenges, or meal prep issues. A number of these individuals qualify to receive liquid nutritional supplements in addition to the meals we serve. Your delivery will ‘ensure’ our most compromised meal recipients receive the extra nutrition supplement they vitally need. Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up order from Meals on Wheels office
  • Deliver to a specified route
  • Route sheet provided (date sensitive)

Date of Current Needs:

  • More dates coming soon!

Time required:

  • Delivery will take approximately ½ hour

Office – Clerical & Project Support

Description:

Mailings: Meals on Wheels appeal letters contain time-sensitive information to keep our community informed and up to date.
Your donated labor helps us meet exacting USPO standards for bulk mail to keep our cost at the very minimum.
Research: Projects vary, but generally consists of online research, phone calls, making appropriate connections.
Other Clerical Support: Needs vary; check postings. Sign up online.

Location:

  • On-site, Meals on Wheels office
  • 605 Clay St., 2nd floor

Date:

  • More dates coming soon!

Time required:

  • 1 ½ – 2-hour shifts preferred
  • Often flexible between 10a & 4p
  • Some must be completed by mail date

Fold and Package Meals on Wheels Notecards

Description:

A favorite local fundraiser for almost 20 years, Meals on Wheels notecards feature the talent of local artists who donate for our use. Since we produce these cards in-house on the donated product, this is a great, simple ‘revenue stream’ for our organization! Your donated labor in folding and packaging these notecards for sale will ‘seal the deal!’ Sign up online.

Location:

  • On-site, Meals on Wheels office
  • 605 Clay St., 2nd floor

Date of Current Needs:

  • None at this time – stay tuned!

Time required:

  • 1 ½ – 2-hour shifts preferred, longer if available
  • Flexible between 10a & 4p

Internships

Several internships are available throughout the year for college students, for academic credit, or simply for the experience. Please inquire/apply through your educational institution.

Tray Favors

During the holidays, we often distribute small tray favors with meals. This could include cards, notes, magnets, or decorations. Call for more details.

Artists

Submit copies of your artwork for possible use on our note cards. New packages are created yearly.

Special Events

Opportunities to help during special events such as our golf tournament, the Let’s Do Lunch Fundraiser, and other activities are also available.

Seasonal Opportunities

Blizzard Box Deliveries

Description:

Meals on Wheels provides a box of 5 shelf-stable meals for all of our meal recipients in the event that we are unable to deliver due to bad weather. These boxes can be delivered during the day, early evening, or on weekends but need to be distributed promptly before any inclement weather hits our area.
Your time to deliver these Blizzard Boxes, and perhaps chat for a few minutes will likely be a warm holiday treat! Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up Blizzard Boxes from Canteen Services, 3224 Odd Fellows Road
  • Route sheet will be provided

Holiday Deliveries

We deliver meals on most holidays. If you, and/or your family, would like to get involved, give us a call.

434-847-0796

Date of Current Needs:

  • Completed for the season

Time required:

  • Time varies depending on the number of stops on the route (approx 8 – 10), and how long you are able to visit

Deliver Christmas Gifts

Description:

We participate in the Angel Tree program for our meal recipients that might not receive a Christmas present otherwise. Opportunities to help deliver gifts are available. Heritage United Methodist Church sponsors the Angel Tree, and this year gifts will be ready for pick up on designated dates in December. Your time to deliver this present, and perhaps chat for a few minutes will likely be the best gift of all. Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up gifts from Heritage United Methodist Church
  • Route sheet will be provided

Date of Current Needs:

  • Completed for the season!

Time required:

  • Time varies depending on the number of gifts (approx 5 – 7), and how long you are able to visit

Poinsettia Deliveries

Description:

We deliver poinsettias to each home that we serve, to recognize the joy of the season. Your time to deliver this present, and perhaps chat for a few minutes will likely be the best gift of all. Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up Poinsettias from Virginia Garden Supply on Boonsboro Road
  • Route sheet will be provided

Date of Current Needs:

  • Completed for the season

Time required:

  •  Time varies depending on the number of poinsettias (approx 9-12), and how long you are able to visit

Deliver Emergency Preparedness Kits

Meals on Wheels collaborated with the Red Cross, Genworth, and several other non-profits to fill ’emergency kits’ for our most insecure recipients. These backpacks contain a flashlight and batteries, water, hand sanitizer, first aid supplies, and suggestions for customization – what each home needs to have on hand before any inclement weather hits our area. Your time to deliver these Emergency Kits, and perhaps chat for a few minutes will likely be a warm winter treat! Sign up online.

Location:

  • Pick up Emergency Kits from Canteen Services, 3224 Odd Fellows Road
  • Route sheet will be provided

Date of Current Needs:

  • This is complete! Thank you!

Time required:

  • Time varies depending on the number of stops on the route (approx 8 – 10), and how long you are able to visit