Volunteers are an integral part of our mission and we absolutely could not do what we do without them (because how could you possibly replace 100 volunteers a day?!). 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: Meals on Wheels of Lancaster is committed to fresh, nutritious, excellent meals. This means preparing significant volumes of food from scratch. We cannot accomplish this with only paid staff and require the generous time and effort of community volunteers like you.
Responsibilities: Many hands make light work! At Meals on Wheels of Lancaster, we deliver to an average of 450 clients per day. These meals are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. As you can imagine, this wouldn’t be possible without the help of our many eager volunteers! To package & prepare large quantities of food, our kitchen relies on 15 or more individuals each day.

Depending on interest, time, and skill you can do anything from helping prep vegetables, to packaging fresh products like cole slaw or a fresh dessert, and helping fill bags for delivery.

General physical capabilities entail standing for at least one hour at a time; rotating, bending at the waist and/or hips. Prior kitchen experience is helpful but not required. Please wear long, loose fitting pants and close-toed shoes.
Time Commitment:
“Early Bird” Monday to Friday from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

This volunteer shift may involve packing cold bag contents & hot supper meals for meal recipients as well as working with some kitchen equipment or simple recipes. Clean up is always a part of any kitchen role! This shift is ideal for 1-2 individuals.

“Packing Team” Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 11 AM

This volunteer shift will involve packing cold bag contents & hot supper meals for meal recipients in an assembly line fashion with 3-4 other volunteers from the community. It is a fun time to work as a team during our busiest time of day! Clean up is always a part of any kitchen role! This shift is ideal for individuals or small groups.

“Prep Team” Monday to Friday from Noon to 2 PM

This volunteer shift will involve building small recipes and working with kitchen equipment. Clean up is always a part of any kitchen role! This shift is ideal for small groups or individuals.
Location: Meals on Wheels of Lancaster kitchen at 1085B Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Drivers

Purpose: to deliver hot and cold meals to homebound neighbors who may be aging in place, recovering from surgery, or living with a disability. We want to ensure they not only have food but high quality, nutritional food delivered by a real person so they aren't all alone all the time.
Responsibilities: “Do you deliver?” Yes, yes, we do. Throughout Lancaster County we have, collectively, over 30 routes! This requires an average of 70 volunteer drivers to deliver meals on a day-to-day basis. Some of our volunteers enjoy delivering with a friend or a family member—these are our ‘visitors’. Together, our driving teams deliver an average of 900 meals a day. Incredible!

Requirements: Use of your own personal vehicle for deliveries. Please provide valid license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance at orientation. Use volunteer ID badge and MOWL signage on your vehicle when delivering meals.
Time Commitment: Permanent & Substitute Volunteer Shifts: Permanent Routes are available on occasion. Please inquire about routes that may be open on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. We are always in need of substitute drivers who fill in from time-to-time when a permanent driver is not available to deliver. Please inquire for more information!

Available Time Slots: Monday to Friday from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Location:
Lancaster: Our main location at 1085B Manheim Pike, Lancaster PA 17601.

Paradise is a pickup hub location housed at The Factory Ministries.

New Holland is a pickup hub location housed at Trinity Lutheran in New Holland.

Christiana/Atglen is a pickup hub location at Latta Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Visitors

Purpose: Accompany a volunteer driver and carry meals from the vehicle to the client’s door. Some of our routes are in not-easy-to-park places such as the city of Lancaster and having a driver loop the block during delivery is helpful. Other routes may just be a long time on the road where it's nice to have someone along to chat.
Responsibilities: Sometimes we have people who can drive but aren't comfortable delivering and other times we have people in reverse. It's nice to be able to pair people together. Whether you want to bring your own driver, or you want to have us pair you off with a driver that lacks a visitor, this role requires no driving from you!

Many of our pairings come together like a husband and wife, or two stay at home parents who want to connect weekly between pickups and dropoffs in the life of children. This role tends to be a more social person, but often driver and visitors may trade off delivering so they both interact with clients.
Time Commitment: Monday to Friday from 10:15 AM to 12:30 PM

Permanent Routes are available on occasion. We are always in need of substitute visitors who can fill in as needed. Please inquire for more information!
Location:
Lancaster: Our main location at 1085B Manheim Pike, Lancaster PA 17601.

Paradise is a pickup hub location housed at The Factory Ministries.

New Holland is a pickup hub location housed at Trinity Lutheran in New Holland.

Christiana/Atglen is a pickup hub location at Latta Memorial Presbyterian Church.

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.

Admin

Purpose: To expand the capacities of our limited office staff in identifying and producing the outcomes of our programs and the benefits to our recipients and their families.
Responsibilities: There is a wide variety of tasks available, most require familiarity and comfort with computers. That said, if you are more inclined to the phone, we can always use assistance in basic reception services. If you've ever worked in an office, or have interest in working in an office setting, we are able to help guide you through the particulars about our work.
Time Commitment: Our office staff works from 7:30am to 4:00pm every Monday through Friday. Thanks, to the invention of the cloud, though, we can also set you up to work on your own in evenings or on weekends.
Location: Meals on Wheels Office or from home depending on the project and access to internet.

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