Our volunteers are the heart and hands of our organization. We love all of the 1500-plus volunteers who support our services to seniors. When you get involved, you help local older adults stay healthy, safe, independent, and connected to our community. And--volunteering is fun!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
What does a home meal delivery driver do?
Once a week, you pick up and deliver 12-16 meals to homebound seniors. Meals are packaged in thermal containers and stay hot for up to 2 hours for delivery between 10:00AM and 12:00PM. Along with meals, drivers deliver smiles and a lifeline connection. You check in with your clients and make sure they’re healthy and safe. Detailed driving directions are included along with each meal. You’ll use your own car and must carry personal liability insurance and use a smart phone. A meal delivery route is ideal for a church or service group, so that each member drives just a few times a year, or more often if they wish.
Sometimes volunteer drivers are unable to fulfill routes due to family obligations and vacations so it's very important that we maintain a sufficient number of relief drivers. We contact our relief drivers to deliver meals when there's a need and adhere to their preferred window of availability. In other words, you let us know when you're available and we won't call you when you're not. On average, relief drivers are called as often as they want to be, making it a pretty easy commitment to keep.
You visit your senior friend once a week for about an hour. You can meet at a time that works for both of you, even in the evening or on the weekend. During your visit, just enjoy spending time together and have fun. You can play games, read books, go grocery shopping, or simply share stories. When you sign up to be a volunteer, we’ll ask you about yourself and what you like to do. Then, we’ll match you with a senior who shares your interests and whom we think you’ll enjoy. We have a long list of seniors who are waiting to be matched with a Friendly Visitor.
If you prefer, you can become a "Phone Buddy" and volunteer to create friendships over the phone instead of at their home.
What does a volunteer at a C.C. Café do?
You can take reservations over the phone, help set up for lunch, greet diners, or help serve food. Each weekday, seniors gather at the C.C. Café for a healthy meal in a social setting. We operate six C.C. Cafés:
Bay Point, Ambrose Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road
Concord, Senior Center, 2737 Parkside Circle
Crockett, Senior Center, 850 Pomona Street
Pittsburg, Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane
Rodeo, Community Center, 189 Parker Avenue
Walnut Creek, Community Center, 1375 Civic Drive
What does an office volunteer do?
There are lots of ways you can help out in the office, at 1300 Civic Drive in Walnut Creek. Your duties will vary based on your experience and what you feel comfortable doing. You can:
Do research online or on the phone
Help with special projects
Computer work, databases, or other skills
Photography, video, internet projects
I don’t have very much time, but I want to help. What can I do?
If you don’t have much time, we invite you to volunteer at our special events. We always need help with ticket sales, fundraising, and event staffing.
You can sign up to be a Meals on Wheels relief driver. We would call you when a regular driver isn’t available. For more information about volunteering, call 925.937.8311.
How do I learn more about volunteering?
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a regular or relief meal delivery volunteer for MOWDR apply online here.
If you prefer speaking to a super friendly person please contact Volunteer Development Associate, Lee Davenport at 925.954.8736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or download the Volunteer Application Form and fax it to 925.946.1869.