Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Are you a teen interested in giving back to your community and making a real difference in someone’s life?

Earn service hours, learn about Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, help homebound individuals, and have fun while making a difference!

We offer a variety of youth volunteer opportunities. Please read each opportunity for age requirements.

Teen Takeover 2021: Participate in our BINGO Challenge while giving back to your community and earning service hours. Click here more information! 

Meal Packing + Kitchen

Because we produce more than 40,000 meals a week, we need volunteers six days a week at our main office at 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD 21224 to help pack meals and lend a hand in our kitchen. This opportunity is open to teens 14+. We welcome individuals and small groups.

Complete a volunteer application to get started >>

If teens aged 14-17 are volunteering without an adult, download and complete the liability waiver >>

Sign up for a packing shift >>

Meal Delivery during School Breaks

Meals on Wheels delivers meals to over 2,000 clients five days a week across Central Maryland! If you have free time during school breaks, consider joining us.

Deliveries to our homebound clients occur Monday through Friday starting at 11am and take approximately one hour.

This opportunity is open to teens if accompanied by an adult 18 or older. 

Requirements: attend volunteer orientation session and pass a background check.

Complete a volunteer application to get started >>


Grocery Shopping

Our work at Meals on Wheels focuses on making sure people who are unable to cook or grocery shop for themselves are nourished and safe. Volunteering to grocery shop for someone is a great way to do that!

Volunteers will purchase items using food stamps or a Meals on Wheels credit card. 

This opportunity is open to teens if accompanied by an adult 18 or older. 

Requirements: 9-12 month commitment, attend a volunteer orientation session, and pass a background check.

Complete a volunteer application to get started >>



Start a fundraiser at your school, with your club or sports team, or on social media to raise money in support of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

Create your own personal fundraising page in support of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. It’s easy to get started and to share with friends and family! Create fundraiser >>

Contact volunteer@mowcm.org for more information.


Service Projects

Our clients are truly delighted when they receive special items like Mugs of Love, homemade cards, or other goodie-type bags. See examples of service project ideas here >>

Contact volunteer@mowcm.org for more information.


Ready to start volunteering with us? Send us a message or complete a volunteer application today!

Videos produced by our Teen Ambassadors as part of their final projects

Teen Ambassador Program Summer 2021 Recap

For the second summer in a row, teens participated in the Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland Teen Ambassador Program.

The Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) provides leadership experience, professional development skills, and service hours to incoming 9th-12th graders. Through TAP, participants learned about non-profits, advocacy, and using their personal voice. They participated in hands-on service in our meal packing room and a final project to help further the mission of Meals on Wheels. Learning sessions and volunteering took place at our main office in Highlandtown: 515 S. Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224. 

Teens attended learning sessions on the following topics:

More than a meal™ services Leadership Types
Fundraising Nonprofit Management
Nonprofits 101 Advocacy
Marketing Mindfulness + Boundaries
Who We Serve Logistical Partnerships
Storytelling Interview Skills
Networking Leadership for a Mission

Participating Schools:

Baltimore City College Marriotts Ridge High School
Boys’ Latin McDonogh School
Calvert Hall Mercy High School
Centennial High School Mount Hebron High School
George Washington Carver Center for Arts & Technology Mt. Saint Joseph High School
Gilman School Oakland Mills High School
Glenelg High School Perry Hall Christian School
Indian Creek Upper School Randallstown High School
Jemicy Upper School Saint Paul’s School for Boys
Liberty High School Spalding High School
Loyola Blakefield Towson High School

TAP returns Summer 2022… stay tuned!

The impact of the volunteer’s work is more than people realize. We are providing food for hundreds of people. When you sit down to eat dinner each night, it is a great feeling to know you provided that for someone else.

Karis W.

Mercy High School

Overall, I highly recommend the TAP program. It is a really wonderful learning environment that is supportive and fun. It gave me an opportunity to learn new skills while giving back

Caitlin R.

McDonogh High School

I enjoy both the kitchen and the packing room. It is really cool to see how everyone is needed to produce the final product. I really enjoy the feeling of helping others and making a difference.

Peyton F.

Indian Creek School

It’s a pretty interesting experience. It’s cool to see everything going towards a cause and to meet others who want to help out.

Max H.

St. Paul's School for Boys