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Meals on Wheels Volunteer Delivery Driver

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ORGANIZATION: WesleyLife Meals on Wheels

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Every weekday, WesleyLife Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers 1,000 hot, nutritious lunches to homebound older adults, veterans, and people living with disabilities. Our volunteers support this mission by delivering meals directly to those in need, while also taking a moment to check in with our participants to make sure they are safe and well.

As a WesleyLife Meals on Wheels volunteer, your efforts will:

  • Promote local food security
  • Provide needed human interaction
  • Support the physical health and mental wellbeing of those we serve
  • Enhance the peace of mind of our participants and their loved ones

Our greatest volunteer need is meal delivery: volunteers help deliver meals Monday through Friday to client homes throughout Polk County between the hours of 10:30am and 1:00pm. We have 18 different routes to choose from, all ranging in estimated delivery time and number of clients served.

Contact Rachel Degen, Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinator, for more information: rdegen@wesleylife.org (515)229-7467

Apply now at: https://app.betterimpact.com/Application?OrganizationGuid=a120cc0c-7607-4d5d-a83b-6b7ee5a3822c&ApplicationFormNumber=2

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About WesleyLife Meals on Wheels

Location:

3206 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311, US

Mission Statement

Every day, WesleyLife Meals on Wheels directly supports the health and independence of nearly 1,000 adults in the Des Moines Metro through delivery of nutritious meals to their front doors. We deliver nearly 230,000 meals every year! Here are a few things you should know about us: Our menu offers a wide variety of heart-healthy, low-sodium options. Our dedicated team of drivers and volunteers delivers meals between 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, with frozen meals also available for clients to enjoy whenever they please. Our drivers deliver so much more than a meal! They're trained to offer each client a warm "hello!" while checking on his or her safety. Because a driver may be the only person a client sees during the day, he or she can be a vital lifeline in the event of a medical emergency.

Description

The WesleyLife Meals on Wheels history dates back to 1967 when the Des Moines-Polk County (DMPC) Home Care/Homemaker Services program was created with the goal to provide one nutritionally balanced, fresh meal every weekday at noon to help individuals maintain independence.
Meals on Wheels (MOW) serves 800-900 clients each day in Polk County, five-days a week. Employee drivers pick up hot meals from our new campus (3206 University Ave, DSM, IA) where all the meals are prepared, packaged, and ready to be picked up and delivered to client’s individual homes. Drivers deliver anywhere from 20-45 meals in one route. Our goal is to deliver the meals to clients as close to the noon hour as possible, which is where our volunteers come in handy!
We have several apartment complexes with multiple clients (6-21) living in them and receiving meals from us. To assist our drivers with meeting the goal of delivering meals closer to the noon hour, our volunteers deliver meals within those highly populated apartment complexes.
Drivers drop off a hot box, cold box & route sheet to the lobby of the apartment & volunteers hand out the meals to clients within that building. In addition to a hot meal, our clients enjoy the visit and check in from someone each week day. We hope you join on this important mission!

CAUSE AREAS

Hunger
Seniors
Veterans & Military Families
Hunger, Seniors, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Des Moines, IA 50311

(41.59998,-93.675)
 

SKILLS

  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteer drivers check in at 10:15am at our office (3206 University Ave, Des Moines), and typically return before 1pm. Volunteers who prefer a shorter time commitment may choose to deliver to residents of specific apt buildings from 11am - 1pm.
  • The application process requires a background check since we work with a vulnerable population of older adults.

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