Volunteers are an integral part of our mission and we absolutely could not do what we do without them. We strive to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities while taking into consideration the skills and interests of the individual. Whether it is preparing and packaging food, delivering meals, or visiting isolated and homebound clients, the work we do for our community has an immeasurable impact on the lives of the individuals we serve. Learn more about the local organizations that volunteer with us regularly and support us through in-kind donations. Check out which volunteer opportunities are currently available here at Meals on Wheels of Lancaster and find out what you can do to help us fulfill our mission to serve our community!

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Open Opportunities

Kitchen Aides

Purpose: to assist the Kitchen Manager and Kitchen Assistant in preparing and packaging food for delivery.
Responsibilities: to assist the Kitchen Manager and Kitchen Assistant in preparing food by cleaning, peeling, and preparing fruits and vegetables; making sandwiches and salads; filling salad and dessert containers; packaging the ingredients in cold food bags; and portioning food and sealing hot food containers.
Time Commitment: between 8 a.m.-11 a.m. any day Monday-Friday
Location: Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, Inc. kitchen at 1085B Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Drivers

Purpose: to deliver both hot and cold meals to clients and possibly other items such as newspapers, informational flyers, birthday cards, etc.
Responsibilities: to use Meals on Wheels signage on cars during delivery; operate their vehicle in a safe and careful manner following all road rules; deliver the correct type of meal to the correct client; report to Meals on Wheels staff if you are taking a non-registered volunteer with you on the route; deliver meals in a timely manner and be cheerful and courteous to all clients; return Meals on Wheels property after delivery such as bins, bags, keys, etc.; and call the office immediately regarding questions and concerns about a client’s welfare or condition.
Time Commitment: hot and cold meals are ready at 10:15 a.m. You may arrive as early as 10:15 a.m. or as late as 11:00 a.m.; meals would need to be deliver by 12:30 p.m.
Location: hot and cold meal pickup is at 1085B Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. You will be driving to different locations throughout the county based on your route grouping.

Visitors

Purpose: to accompany the driver and deliver the meals from the car to the client’s door.
Responsibilities: to greet and speak politely and respectfully to clients in all instances; either hand meal directly to the client or leave in a cooler if one is provided; assist the driver in locating a client’s home if using a printed map.
Time Commitment: between 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Location: hot and cold meal pickup is a t 1085B Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601. You will be a passenger with a driver who will be driving to different locations based on the route grouping.

Social Call Program (Evening/Weekend Visitation)

Purpose: to alleviate social isolation by fostering deeper relationships between Meals on Wheels’ clients and volunteers through meaningful and uplifting interactions.
Responsibilities: maintaining reliable transportation to and from the client’s home; being a good listener and be able to effectively communicate orally and in writing; willing to communicate and receive schedule changes in advance; must be reliable; must be sensitive to the needs of all clients; must be open-minded and non-judgmental; engage in lively conversation and social activities within the client’s home; perform light household duties as requested by the client if you are comfortable with the request.
Time Commitment: this will vary depending on the schedule that is set between the volunteer and the client, but will probably occur in the evening and/or weekends for approximately an hour or so.
Location: The location of the visit will be at the client’s home.

Seasonal Cleaning

Purpose: to meet the needs of clients by assisting them through yard work and light house maintenance or repairs.
Responsibilities: Be willing to build relationships with our clients. In many cases, the challenges our clients’ face (in regard to cooking or preparing meals) impact their ability to maintain their garden beds, or shovel their walkways after snowfall, or clean their gutters. If you are willing to do a little work to make someone else’s day a little brighter, that’s more than we can ask for. Come as a group! Or come as an individual! We do not offer these services all year round so be sure to contact us for more information.
Time Commitment: Varies throughout the year. Contact us for more information.
Location: May vary. Contact us for more information.

Volunteer Spotlight

Carl Spangler

Carl enjoys visiting and delivering meals to our clients four days out of the week. He incorporates running into his daily routine and trains for his frequent races and marathons six days out of the week.