Meals on Wheels has 10 distribution sites conveniently located throughout Cook, Grundy, and Kendall Counties from which volunteers can pick up meals for delivery.
Volunteer Eligibility Requirements
- Turn in a completed Volunteer Registration Form (link to online application)
- A copy of CURRENT Driver’s License, a valid inspection sticker, and up-to-date liability insurance coverage on the vehicle, as required by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Participate in a volunteer training session and/or view and complete the online training course
- Verification checks:
- Criminal Background History
- Department of Aging and Disability Services Nurse Aide Registry
- Department of Aging and Disability Services Employee Misconduct Registry
- National Sex Offender Registry
Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious lunch-time meals to the homes of six to ten homebound elderly or disabled clients who can no longer prepare balanced meals for themselves. Individual volunteers drive one lunch hour per weekday (please note Meal Delivery operations vary, but generally take place M-F from 11am-1pm). Volunteers should arrive at their prearranged pick-up site between 11:00-11:45 and 11:00-11:20 at our rural/outlying pick-up sites. Don't have the time to commit to a weekly route, but still want to get involved? Talk to our Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator about becoming a substitute driver at orientation.
The first steps to become a Meals on Wheels volunteer include filling out an application and attending volunteer orientation training. Orientation is held at each of our delivery locations by appointment. It takes approximately 1-1.5hrs to complete.
* NOTE: If you are unable to attend a training session, you may contact Samantha Wallace, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, to set up a training session by appointment: 312 207-5290. Individuals will be asked to provide copies of both driver’s license and car insurance and allow us to run a criminal background check. All volunteers must be 18 years of age; minors are welcome to participate if accompanied by an adult.
- Volunteer Meal Delivery Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients on the day(s) scheduled.
- Substitute Drivers are responsible for delivering meals to homebound clients as a back-up driver when the regular volunteer meal delivery driver is unable to take the route. Much like a substitute teacher, the substitute driver does not have a permanent weekly route but is called as needed.
- Volunteer Meal Managers coordinate meal distributions for volunteer drivers at a given pick–up site as assigned.