Volunteer

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You can help keep Maryland’s aging and homebound communities nourished, safe, and connected.

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.

Volunteerism is the cornerstone of Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. In 2019, our 2,300+ volunteers gave more than 43,000 hours of their time and drove more than 300,000 miles—a contribution estimated at more than $2 million!

We Need You!

Priority Volunteer Needs (updated 10/28/21):

We’re looking to grow our meal delivery volunteer team! Delivering meals to your homebound neighbors is such a meaningful way to give back. Plus, it doesn’t take much time and fits easily into your day. Let us know if you’re interested!

The areas with greatest needs for meal delivery volunteers include:

Baltimore City (near zip codes 21206, 21217, and 21211)

Essex

Dundalk

Glen Burnie

Silver Spring

Severna Park

Packing meals at our main office at 515 S. Haven St. in Baltimore. Shifts are available weekdays and Saturdays in the morning, afternoon, and evening. View available shifts >>

Packing meals at our Weinberg Place Distribution Site (Baltimore, MD 21215) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-11am. A weekly packing commitment is preferred.

Grocery shopping for clients throughout central Maryland (flexible hours, a 9 to 12 month commitment). Areas with greatest need for shoppers are Baltimore City, Essex, and Dundalk.

Making phone calls to clients as part of Call Connections.

Please note: Meals on Wheels accepts volunteers needing court-appointed service hours to pack meals. Click here for more information.

New Volunteer Initiatives Going on Now!

Sign up for a meal delivery route using MOW Scheduler. View instructions for using MOW Schedule here.

Teen Ambassador Program (TAP) returns in June

What does volunteering at Meals on Wheels look like? Watch our volunteers in action!

Please note that our volunteer application is for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland only. If you are not a Maryland resident, please visit Meals on Wheels America for volunteer opportunities nearest you.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are plenty of ways to volunteer your time with Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland! We welcome volunteers ages 14+.

Click on any of the following opportunities to learn more. Once you’ve decided you want to help, please first complete a Volunteer Application. This step must be completed before you are able to volunteer in any capacity. Please contact us at volunteer@mowcm.org or 443-573-0925 if you have any questions.

Meal Packing

Since mid-March 2020, we have produced, packed, and delivered more than TWO MILLION meals to Maryland’s aging and homebound communities. That tremendous effort is possible because of our dedicated volunteers. Meal packing shifts are available six days a week. The minimum age for this opportunity is 14.

Our greatest need for volunteers are:

  • Packing meals at our main office at 515 S. Haven St. in Baltimore. Shifts are available six days a week. 
  • Packing meals at our Weinberg Place Distribution Site (Baltimore, MD 21215) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am-11am. A weekly packing commitment is preferred.

You are required to pass a health screening 24 hours prior to volunteering. This opportunity requires volunteers to stand for 3 hours, participate in activities that require lifting, reaching, and bending continuously, and work on a fast paced box packing line.

Complete a volunteer application, then sign up for a meal packing shift at our Haven Street office here.

We welcome teens (ages 14-18) who want to give back and earn community service hours. Learn more >>

Meal Delivery

Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals from Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 1:30pm. Currently, our greatest areas of need are in Baltimore City (21206 and 21217), Essex, Dundalk, Towson, Columbia, and Silver Spring.

Volunteers are needed to commit to weekly or bi-weekly meal deliveries. For those unable to commit to the same day each week and who have more flexibility, Substitutes Delivery Volunteers are also needed. 

Following strict COVID-19 protocols, meal delivery volunteers take meals to the door of each home and report any concerns or changes in a client’s condition to the client services team. Drivers must be 18+ years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and their own vehicle.

You are required to pass both a background check and a health screening (24 hours prior to volunteering). For this opportunity, we request that volunteers are at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult/guardian.

Complete a volunteer application >>

Grocery Assistance Program (GAP)

Grocery shop for a homebound client in your area. 

  • One-on-one relationship
  • Matched based on geographic location
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Shop with a Meals on Wheels-issued credit card or EBT (food stamps) card
  • 9 to 12 month commitment

You are required to pass both a background check and a health screening (24 hours prior to volunteering). For this opportunity, we request that volunteers are at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult/guardian.

Complete a volunteer application >>

Current GAP Volunteers: Submit a Shopping Report here >>

Call Connections

Through Call Connections, homebound clients are paired with volunteers for weekly phone calls that serve as both check-ins and friendly conversation. As of August 2020, over 1,800 clients are receiving calls from volunteers, reducing the physical, mental, and emotional health tolls that may be caused by social isolation.

You are required to pass both a background check. For this opportunity, we request that volunteers are at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult/guardian.

Complete a volunteer application >>

Kibble Connection Pet Food Delivery

Kibble Connection volunteers (a.k.a. “Kibblers”) help ensure that Meals on Wheels clients and their pets maintain good nutrition. Kibble Connection is possible through a unique partnership between Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland and the Maryland SPCA. The Maryland SPCA collects donations of pet food from the public for Kibble Connection, and our volunteers deliver it to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland clients.

 

  • Deliver pet food 4x a year
  • Need to be able to lift 30lbs.
  • Pick up pet food from the Maryland SPCA in Hampden (other locations may apply)
  • One year commitment

You are required to pass both a background check. For this opportunity, we request that volunteers are at least 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult/guardian.

Complete a volunteer application >>

Friendly Volunteer Companion (not currently available)

Following social distancing practices and for the safety of our clients and volunteers, this opportunity is not currently available. Until we are able to safely gather together again, volunteering as a Call Star with the Call Connections program is another wonderful way to connect with a Maryland senior!

  • Visit with a client in your area
  • One-on-one relationship
  • Matched based on interests,
    compatibility, and location
  • Visit 2x a month, 1-2 hours
  • Call 2x a month, 30 minutes
  • Flexible scheduling
  • 1-year commitment

Not ready to sign up just yet? Attending a Volunteer Information Session is great way to learn more about Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland’s history, programs, and funding. *Please complete a volunteer application prior to registering for the info session.

Once you’ve decided you want to help, please first complete a Volunteer Application. This step must be completed before you are able to volunteer in any capacity. Please contact us at volunteer@mowcm.org or 443-573-0925 if you have any questions.

Group Volunteer Opportunities

dTTake teamwork to a whole new level when your group volunteers at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland!

 

We welcome groups to volunteer with us and offer several ways to get involved. Your team will build and strengthen bonds by working together in ways you never expected. Some groups who have already gotten involved include:

BGE

RSM US LLP

Fort Meade Junior Sailor’s Association

KCI Technologies, Inc.

Shore United Bank

Under Armour

Magothy United Methodist Church

Christian Fellowship Church of God

Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

J. Crew Harbor East

McCormick

Union Church

Moishe House

Scout Troops and Youth Teams

To get started, contact the Volunteer Services Team at (443) 573-0925 or volunteer@mowcm.org.

Click on any of the following opportunities to learn more.

Pack Meals

Since mid-March 2020, we have produced, packed, and delivered more than 3.5 MILLION meals to Maryland’s aging and homebound communities. That tremendous effort is possible because of our dedicated volunteers. Meal packing shifts are available six days a week, Monday-Saturday. 

Our greatest need for volunteers are:

  • Packing meals at our main office at 515 S. Haven St. in Baltimore. Shifts are available six days a week. Volunteers needed most Monday-Friday for 8am-12pm, and Tuesday-Thursday 2pm-5pm.
  • Packing meals at our Weinberg Place Distribution Site (Baltimore, MD 21215) Monday-Friday 9am-11am.

You are required to pass a health screening 24 hours prior to volunteering. This opportunity requires volunteers to stand for 3 hours, participate in activities that require lifting, reaching, and bending continuously, and work on a fast paced box packing line.

Email volunteer@mowcm.org for more information.

Lunch Bunch Meal Delivery

A Lunch Bunch is a group that adopts a route and delivers meals during their lunch hour. Scheduling is flexible… every other week or once a month! A convenient rotating schedule makes it easier for members of the “bunch” to consistently volunteer.

Email volunteer@mowcm.org for more information.

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Peer-to-peer fundraising is a wonderful way to get your friends, family, and co-workers involved in supporting Meals on Wheels’ work to keep Maryland seniors and the homebound population nourished, safe, and connected! It’s easy to start your own fundraiser or to contribute to an existing one. 

Click here to begin. Meals on Wheels’ peer-to-peer fundraising platform is managed through Classy.org. Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Groups can also host a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels at their locations. Some examples are a chili cook-off, trivia night, 5K fun run, or a jeans day.

Team Building Projects

Team building projects are items that individuals make for our Meals on Wheels clients. Check out these ideas for service projects >>

Email volunteer@mowcm.org for more information.

Service Days for Larger Groups

Special projects are determined on a case-by-case basis, and we will work with you to find one that best fits your team and our clients. For example, we’ve hosted groups like Subaru and M&T Bank who packed meals, delivered meals, and completed a service project all in one day!

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

Email volunteer@mowcm.org for more information.

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

Take a look at our group volunteers in action!

Service Projects

Nothing feels as good as giving back!

Meals on Wheels offers several ways for you to volunteer your time in the comfort of your own home. Our clients simply adore receiving treats, heartfelt notes, and special crafts with their meal boxes. It really makes their days!

Click on any of the following opportunities to learn more.

Mugs of Love

Fill mugs with a can of soup, a packet of hot cocoa, and other packaged goodies, along with a card, and share with our homebound clients. These make a great group service project and our clients just love receiving them with their meals!

Knitting Projects

Crochet or knit a 6″x60″ scarf to help warm a client in cold weather. Collections take place throughout the year.

Year-Round Holiday Projects

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

Please do not send gift cards, anything with a religious theme, breakable/fragile items, homemade food, or placemats.

Other Service Project Ideas

Have an idea for a service project? Special projects are determined on a case-by-case basis, and we will work with you to find one that best fits you and our clients. 

Other Service Project Ideas:

  • Small floral arrangements
  • Homemade magnets
  • Recycled can pen/pencil holders
  • Sweet treat goodie bags (must be individually packaged and no homemade food, please)
  • Homebound health kits (Band-Aids, travel sized toothpaste, bottled water, comb/brush assembled in individual bags)

Please note: All collected items will be distributed to individuals during regular meal delivery. Please email volunteer@mowcm.org before completing your special projects to confirm drop-off arrangements.

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

“I live alone and I don’t really have any family. And, with COVID, I don’t really see anybody, but I wanted to tell you how sweet that was, and it meant a lot to me.”

– From a client upon reading a card she received with her meals

We’re currently collecting special items to distribute to our clients. Click the image to learn more!

Service Projects in Action: Watch how this company created Mugs of Love and baked cookies for our clients.

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