Volunteer Meal Delivery Drivers

Organization Details
Organization Name: Meals on Wheels Winnipeg
Address: 174 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg MB  R3C 3N2
Website: http://www.mealswinnipeg.com
Organizational Description: Meals on Wheels provides meals to those who are unable to obtain or prepare meals for themselves. While providing nutritious food is an important part of the Organization's services, the daily visit from volunteers is equally important to clients. For many of them, the volunteer visit is their only contact with another individual during the day and therefore eases the feeling of loneliness. For the families and friends of clients, they are assured that a trained volunteer provides meals to them on a regular basis giving them the confidence of security that their loved ones are provided for. These factors set us apart from the frozen food sections in grocery stores.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 1615
Description of Duties:

Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with Meals on Wheels!

Volunteers are the heart of our organization, donating their time and energy to deliver nutritious meals to Winnipeg's senior citizens, people with disabilities, and vulnerable members of the community. Additionally, our volunteers provide the added benefit of a friendly face and kind word to those who may have limited to no outside social contact, helping to foster a stronger sense of belonging and community.

Volunteers pick up meals from all the major hospitals in the city between the hours of 10:30am and 1:00pm every day of the year. They are responsible for delivering to approximately 15-18 customers who live in houses and apartment buildings on a pre-determined route, and then return the equipment to the hospital.

Volunteers can choose as few as 1 route per month or as many as 1 route per day, book off at anytime (ideally with as much notice as possible) and remain on hold if not available during certain times of the year. We offer our Volunteer drivers a $7.00 gas honorarium for every route they drive (paid out every 3 months by cheque or an annual tax-deductible donation).

Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, a safe vehicle to deliver in, and can deliver by themselves or in pairs where one person drives and the other serves (only the driver receives the $7.00 honorarium).

Training is provided in the form of a 45 minute information session at our office at 174 Hargrave Street, and a staff member accompanies all new volunteers on their first route.

Skills Required:

Patience and understanding when delivering to people from diverse backgrounds who are in various stages of life and health.

Commitment to make every reasonable effort to deliver each meal to each customer, as some may not have access to another source of food.

Ability to adapt quickly to changing situations (customer issues, traffic, construction, parking).

Ability to lift approximately 20 pounds.

Ability to work cooperatively with MOW staff and volunteers.

Ability to respect the confidentiality of the clients and volunteers.

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

Communication skills
Working as part of a team
Problem solving
Helping those in need

Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment:

As few as one (2 hr) route per month to as many as one (2 hr) route per day between the hours of 10:30am and 1pm, Monday-Sunday.

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Group - small, family and friends
Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
Are able to attend with a support person
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Certificate of recognition
$7.00 honorarium per route (paid quarterly by cheque or annual tax-deductible donation)
How to Apply: Online: winnipeg.mowscheduler.com/volunteerapplication
Closing Date: Dec 31, 2024