Volunteering During COVID-19
Meals on Wheels Western Michigan would like to thank every single individual that has stepped up to the plate to volunteer their time and donate funds and/or goods during COVID-19. We have been amazed by the outpouring of love and support from our community during these uncertain times. We have been ensuring the safety and health of our volunteers by providing masks, encouraging handwashing, and limiting the amount of volunteers and staff in the building at the same time. At this moment, we are doing well with the number of volunteers assisting with delivery, packing meals and making phone calls, but that’s not to say that we don’t still need your support. Our seniors need you all year long, and we will need volunteers in the future. Please continue to check back in for updates on volunteering. Again, MOWWM and our seniors and grateful beyond words for your dedication to help the most vulnerable in our community.
Listed below you will find many of the opportunities we currently offer. We welcome any additional ideas you may have to show your support and give back to the seniors of Kent County and Allegan County. For more information, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Krissy Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 459-3111 x121.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank
Have the opportunity to deliver meals directly to our homebound seniors throughout Kent County! Drivers use their own vehicles and are reimbursed mileage expenses. Must be 18 years of age or older. Opportunity is available M, W, and F with routes delivered between 8am and 1pm.
Help with the preparation and packaging of our meals. With a production of over 2,500 meals per day, this is always a great way to help! Opportunity is available M-F, 8am to 2pm and hours are flexible.
Decorate our brown bags used for meal delivery to brighten up a senior’s day! This is a great opportunity for children and student groups and can be completed off-site at your leisure.
Make or obtain birthday, Veteran, or holiday cards to be delivered to our seniors by our drivers along with their meals. This opportunity is always available and allows for on-site or off-site completion.
Decorate placemats to be used at one of our many community dining sites around the county. This opportunity can be done on or off site.
Dining Site Helper
Socialize with seniors, help set-up, serve, or clean up during and after lunch time meals. We offer volunteering at four of our sites: Wyoming Senior Center, Delaware Manor Senior Apartments, Mount Mercy Senior Apartments, and Grattan Township Senior Center.
Assist with restocking pantry shelves, packing of groceries for clients, and repackaging and sorting food items at our northeast Grand Rapids senior food pantry. This opportunity is available M, W, and Th from 8am to 3pm.
Provide office support by performing various clerical duties such as making copies, filing, basic data entry, and making phone calls. Opportunity available M-F during regular office hours.
We have special events scheduled throughout the year and are always in need of extra help to ensure they are a great success!
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Adopt a Route
Consider “Adopting a Route” as a group. Groups designate a coordinator to organize a group of volunteers to take a complete route every M, W, & F. Arrangements can be made to have meals dropped at a desired site. Great opportunity for churches, businesses, and clubs to have a minimal commitment that makes a BIG impact!
Emergency Box Assembly
Starting in October, emergency boxes are assembled with shelf stable items. These boxes are delivered prior to the winter season to be used by our homebound clients in the event inclement weather prevents the delivery of their meals.
Independent Food Drives
Food drives can be done at any business, church, school or organization at any time of the year. Food collected goes directly to our senior pantry clients.
Any other creative ideas you may have are always welcome!