Get Involved

GET INVOLVED

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!

There are lots of ways you can help--deliver meals and smiles, become a friendly visitor, help at a C.C. Café or in the office.
 

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.

What does a Friendly Visitor do? 
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. Caf
és:

  • 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

  • Prepare mailings

  • Answer phones

  • 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 substitute Meals on Wheels 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?
You can apply online here, email or call our Volunteer Specialist at 925.937.8311, email info@mowdr.org or download the Volunteer Application Form and fax to 925.946.1869. Thank you!