Our volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals over the lunch hour to the homebound elderly, to individuals with disabilities, to the chronically ill and to the convalescent living in their own homes. Meals For The Elderly volunteers help brighten the day for our senior neighbors by showing concern, having friendly chats, and making sure that all is well.With an office staff of eight and kitchen staff of seven, preparing and delivering meals to approximately 650 hungry homebound seniors five days weekly demands many more hours and hands than we have...hence, our trusted volunteers enter the picture... We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00am-4:30pm and on Friday from 8:00am-12:30pm.
Make detailed changes in daily deliveries to recipients; locate recipients who do not respond to drivers delivering meals; assist in securing substitute drivers needed for the week.
Filing, marking maps for drivers, making copies; many varied tasks available.
3 times annually help with fundraising events as needed. Individuals as well as organizations and business groups are welcome to help. (Open House: First Sunday in December, Mardi Gras: Fat Tuesday (changes each year), Clay Shoot: First Saturday in June)
Thank You Notes:
Beautiful handwriting is a must for this VIP job.
Decorate Greeting Cards:
Necessary in assuring the recipients have a cheerful card with pretty pictures and a friendly message every week. (used greeting card fronts are always needed for this purpose)
Meal Distributor: Monday - Friday, 9:30 - 11:15
In charge of packing correct number of meals per route daily and insuring drivers take sack lunches, frozen meals, and extra goodies that go out that day.
Drivers: Monday - Friday, Report to Building: 10:00-11:00
a. Regular - Volunteer adopts a route that he/she delivers on a regularly scheduled basis.
b. Substitute - Volunteers not scheduled on a regular basis but willing to deliver any route on days that drivers are needed.
c. Emergency - Volunteers willing to deliver any route LAST MINUTE in an emergency
Because you hold down a job from 8-5 does not mean you cannot fulfill a desire to volunteer in your community. Delivering meals on your lunch hour is practical for busy lives. It is minimum effort with a maximum impact. You are the link with the world outside the recipient's front door.
Businesses with more than 10 employees can send one or two people on a route once every 5 or 10 times, giving everyone the opportunity to brighten someone's day!
Our drivers come from all walks of life: homemakers, retirees, home schoolers with student children, parents and grandparents with children during holidays or summer vacation, local church members, youth and adult Sunday School classes, elementary and high school classes, youth groups, businesses, service groups, and working individuals on their lunch hours.
Volunteers may deliver as often as they like with a permanent route assignment or as a substitute when the need arises.
a. A valid driver's licence and access to a vehicle
b. Personal automobile insurance
c. Patience and understanding with seniors and individuals with disabilities
d. Agreement to a criminal background check
e. Must be available to pick up meals by 11a.m. Drivers must call and let us know at least 24 hours in advance if they will be unable to deliver their route so that a replacement
can be found.
Orientation is required for all volunteers. Training provides volunteers with a brief history and guidelines for meal delivery. The purpose of orientation is to prepare volunteers for service and to screen for prospective volunteers going into clients' homes. Safety for everyone is our utmost concern.
TO VOLUNTEER ONCE A WEEK, ONCE A MONTH, OR TWICE A MONTH IN THE SAN ANGELO AREA. PLEASE CALL MEALS FOR THE ELDERLY AT (325) 655-9200.