Volunteer

You Deliver Connection

Being a Meals on Wheels volunteer
can help make the difference between a homebound senior who chooses to age in place, and one who has no choice.
But did you know that volunteering is also good for you?

We often hear from our volunteers that they receive as much as they give.
We’ve also learned that volunteering makes you feel mentally and physically healthier.

With a corps of nearly 2,000, volunteerism is the cornerstone of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.
In 2017, our volunteers gave more than 66,000 hours of their time and drove more than 488,000 miles—a contribution estimated at more than $2 million!

What do we?
This informative video can give you
insight into what a Meals on Wheels
volunteer does during a delivery run.
Click below to begin viewing…

Won’t you join us?

Contact us today to join our friendly team of volunteers.
Call: 443 573-0925

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals from Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 1:00pm. Meals are delivered to Carroll and Harford Counties on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

You may volunteer once a week, once a month, or whenever your schedule permits.

Driver/Visitor teams take meals to the door of each home, spend a few minutes talking with the client, any concerns or changes in a client’s condition are noted and the client services team is updated. Drivers must be 18+ years of age and have a valid Maryland Driver’s license and their own vehicle.

Sites with Greatest Needs

  • Columbia – 10 openings
  • Hampden – 8 openings
  • Annapolis – 8 openings
  • Marble Hill – 6 openings

If you “Refer a Friend” to volunteer at one of these sites, you will be entered to win a $20 gift card!

Please note: Meals on Wheels does not accept volunteers needing court-appointed hours.

Deliver Meals

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides a thorough orientation and training program.

For more information please contact
Emily Trotter at
443-573-0925 or
trotter@mowcm.org, or click the button to register.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Meal Delivery

  • Monday – Friday, 11am to 12:30pm
    Mon, Wed & Fri Carroll & Harford
  • Report to your local distribution site
  • Days decided in advance with Site Coordinator
  • 6-month commitment
  • Lunch Bunch Program
  • Minute Squad

Meal Packing

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 10am
  • Kosher Kitchen – Pikesville
  • Days scheduled in advance with Kosher Kitchen coordinator
  • 6 month commitment

Grocery Assistance Program

  • One-on-one relationship
  • Matched based on location
  • Flexible scheduling
  • About 2x a month
  • Responsible for Meals on Wheels credit card
  • 1 year commitment

GAP High-Need Areas:

  • Essex
  • Baltimore City
  • East Harford County

Phone Pals

  • One-on-one relationship
  • Matched based on interests & compatibility
  • Call once a week for 20-30 minutes
  • Flexible scheduling
  • 6 month commitment

Friendly Companions

  • One-on-one relationship
  • Matched based on interests, compatibility & location
  • Visit 2x a month, 1-2 hours
  • Flexible scheduling
  • 1 year commitment

Kibble Connection

  • 4x a year
  • Need to be able to lift 30lbs.
  • Pick up pet food from MDSPCA in Hampden
  • 1-year commitment

G.I.V.E.S.

Groups Independently Volunteering to Enable Self-Sufficiency

Meal Packing

  • Corporate, religious and school groups often participate with us together. We call all of these opportunities “G.I.V.E.S.” or “Groups Independently Volunteering to Enable Self-Sufficiency.”
  • Meal packing groups can help pack meals Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:30am to 1:30pm without having to make a commitment beyond that day. We can take up to 10 volunteers at one time.

One Day Meal Delivery

  • Groups interested in delivering meals just for one day should contact Volunteer Services in advance. We can accommodate about 3-20 volunteers to be sent on deliveries throughout our service area. Volunteers must pass a background check.

Third-party Fundraisers

  • Groups can host a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels at their location. Some examples of what other groups have done are a chili cook-off, trivia night, or jeans day.

On-site special projects

  • On-site special projects are case by case, and we can work with you to find a special project that works with your team and our clients.
    These things can also be combined for a one-day service day for large groups. Just recently we’ve had Subaru and M&T Bank deliver meals, do a service project, and pack meals with their groups all in one day!
  • These things can also be combined for a one-day service day for large groups. Just recently we’ve had Subaru and M&T Bank deliver meals, do a service project, and pack meals with their groups all in one day!

Team Building Projects

  • Team Building Projects are any small craft item that individuals make and donate to Meals on Wheels, such as the Constellation group painting and planting flower pots in the photo.

“Lunch Bunch”

  • Lunch Bunches are groups that adopt a route and deliver during their lunch hour. It can even be every other week or once a month. Since it would be on a rotating schedule, it’s less pressure on each individual to volunteer consistently.

Volunteer Orientation

To ensure the safety and well-being of all new volunteers Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland requires volunteer orientation and training. These sessions provide basic training on meal delivery and pertinent information about Meals on Wheels.

Please see below for upcoming volunteer orientation dates and other important information.

Volunteer orientations are held every Tuesday
from 10:30am – 12:00pm at
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland headquarters:
515 South Haven Street
Baltimore, MD  21224

New Saturday Volunteer Orientation added on
the Second Saturday of every month:
from 10:30am – 12:00pm at
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland headquarters:
515 South Haven Street
Baltimore, MD  21224

Please bring the following with you to the orientation:

  • Your Maryland driver’s license
  • Your auto insurance card
Other job specific trainings are offered following site placement.

Please RSVP for a volunteer orientation by calling
Volunteer Services at 443-573-0925 or

More Ways You Can

Make A Difference

Grocery Shoppers shop for a homebound individual in their area. Once you are matched with a client, you work closely with them to coordinate a schedule that fits into your life as well as it fits into theirs. List preparation, shopping, and putting away groceries are among the shopper’s responsibilities.

Each shopping trip averages 1 – 3 hours. Clients do not accompany the volunteer. The volunteer commitment for this program is a minimum of one year.

Kibble Connection helps keep clients’ pets at home and healthy too. Volunteers pick up pet food from the Maryland SPCA 4 times a year and deliver it
to 4 – 5 homebound individuals with cats or dogs, according to your availability.

The volunteer commitment for this program is a minimum of one year.

Phone Pals contact isolated individuals by phone once a week. Calls typically last about half an hour. The volunteer commitment for this program is a minimum of 6 months.

Friendly Companions help homebound individuals stay engaged socially and reduce isolation and loneliness social visits and weekly phone calls. The visits, a minimum of 2 monthly, are arranged by the volunteer and the client, on a flexible schedule and last 1 – 2 hours.

The volunteer commitment for this program is a minimum of one year.

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland provides a thorough orientation and training program.

For more information please contact Katia Jones 443-573-0933 or jones@mowcm.org.

Corporate/Group Volunteer Opportunities

Group volunteer opportunities are an easy and effective way for companies and organizations to get involved with their local communities.

Let’s Do Lunch volunteers can be individuals or groups from a workplace who deliver meals at least once a month on a consistent day of the week. Participants rotate through the program based on their availability and interests. A group coordinator from the workplace is required, and routes close to the office will be assigned.

Meal Packers can volunteer at our Central Kitchen Facility from 10am – 1pm, Wednesday – Friday,
Opportunities to volunteer for our Kosher Kitchen Site from 8:30am – 10:30pm, Monday – Friday.

To participate in these volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Support Services at volunteer@mowcm.org or call 443-573-0925.

Service Projects

Bountiful Blossoms: Make any number of small flower arrangements to be delivered to clients with their meals.

Homebound Health Kit: Collect BAND-AIDS®, shampoo, toothpaste, combs and brushes, bottled water, flashlights and other useful items and assemble into bags to aid homebound individuals.

Mugs of Love: Create or buy mugs and fill with a can of soup, a packet of hot cocoa, and other packaged goodies, along with a card, and share with our homebound clients.

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Warm Hearts, Warm Hands: Crochet or knit a 6 x 60-inch scarf, shaw or lap blanket to help warm a client in cold weather. Collections take place throughout the year.

Project Holiday: A great project for kids and adults! Create a card or any other craft item to be delivered to a homebound individual in your community. Decoration should be focused on the holiday of your choice. Sign with your first name only and please be mindful of religious beliefs. Cards and other items must be donated at least 2 weeks before the holiday. No glitter, please.

Fundraising Events: Conduct a workplace or community fundraiser to help Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland meet the growing number of seniors in need. Every $8.00 raised is one more meal delivered!

Activities might include such things as a chili cook-off, a company picnic dunk tank, a bowl-a-thon, or a party or event. Be creative — other ideas are welcome!

Please note: All collected items will be distributed to individuals during regular food delivery. Please call 443-573-0925 before completing your special project to confirm drop-off arrangements.

Do you have an idea for a group activity or service project? Please contact Volunteer Support Services at volunteer@mowcm.org or
call 443-573-0925.

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