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 2018 and 2019, our volunteers gave more than 62,000 hours of their time and drove more than 457,000 miles—a contribution estimated at more than $2 million!

What do we do?
This video gives you insight into what a Meals on Wheels volunteer does during a meal delivery.

Won’t you join us?

Contact us today to join our friendly team of volunteers.
Call: 443.573.0925

Volunteer Opportunities

Meal Delivery

Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors and disabled individuals from Monday – Friday, 11:00am – 1:30pm in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. 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 and reporting any concerns or changes in a client’s condition to the client services team. Drivers must be 18+ years of age and have a valid Maryland Driver’s license and their own vehicle.

We Need Volunteers!

  • Baltimore City (Hampden, East Baltimore, and other nearby areas)
  • Glen Burnie
  • Towson
  • Catonsville

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

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

For more information please contact
Volunteer Services at
443.573.0925 or volunteer@mowcm.org or click Volunteer Now.

Meal Packing

  • Pack meals at our main office or at our kosher kitchen
  • Weekdays or Saturday mornings
  • Southeast Baltimore or Northwest Baltimore

Grocery Assistance Program (GAP)

  • Shop for a client in your area
  • 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 and Baltimore City

GAP VOLUNTEERS: Submit your shopping reports here.

Phone Pals

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

Friendly Volunteer Companion

  • 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

Kibble Connection

  • Deliver pet food 4x a year
  • Need to be able to lift 30lbs.
  • Pick up pet food from MD SPCA
    in Hampden or other locations
  • 1-year commitment

Group Volunteer Opportunities

G.I.V.E.S. (Groups Independently Volunteering to Enable Self-Sufficiency)

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

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.

Adopt a Route

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 locations. Some examples are a chili cook-off, trivia night, 5K fun run, 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 projects 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, complete service projects, 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. Check out great service project ideas here!

Become a Lunch Bunch

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

To participate in these volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Support Services at volunteer@mowcm.org or
call 443.573.0925.

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 of Central Maryland.

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

Until further notice, all new volunteer orientations will be web-based. Please click here to sign-up. Thank you!

Rotating Orientations
Check back for new dates!

Please bring the following with you to the orientation:

  • Your Maryland driver’s license
  • Your auto insurance card

Please register online for a volunteer orientation or contact us at
443.573.0925 or volunteer@mowcm.org

Service Projects

Bountiful Blossoms

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

Warm Hearts, Warm Hands

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

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!

Homebound Health Kits

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

Project Holiday

A great project 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.
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 date.
No glitter please. 

Service Projects in Action
Nothing feels as good as giving back! Watch how this company visited our main office to create Mugs of Love and bake cookies for our clients.

Get your workplace, scout troop, or school involved! Click on the calendar for even more service project ideas.

Please note: All collected items will be distributed to individuals during regular meal delivery.
Please call 443.573.0925 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.

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