The success of Meals on Wheels of Mercer County depends on our volunteers. Delivering meals is the primary job of our volunteers, but they can also volunteer in our office or during special events and fairs.
Meals Delivery Volunteers
Meals on Wheels of Mercer County deliver meals Monday through Friday each week. Meal delivery is the primary volunteer opportunity which requires up to a 2 hour commitment for each volunteer day.
We ask our volunteers to arrive at The Arc Mercer building at 180 Ewingville Road, Ewing, between 10:15 and 10:30, depending on their route. Volunteers can finish their route anywhere between 12 and 12:30, again, depending on the route, their familiarity with it, and when they get on the road. A typical route can last anywhere between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm.
“Regular” volunteers commit to a delivery route once per week. Our “substitute” volunteers are called in when regulars are absent (as needed). Substitutes may be called anywhere from once per week to once per month. We request that a minimum commitment is once a month.
Volunteers deliver meals in pairs, with a “driver” who uses his or her own personal vehicle to work a delivery route (point to point directions are provided) and a “runner” who accompanies the driver and brings the meal from the car to the client’s home or apartment. We also have many “teams” of volunteers who can be husband/ wife teams or longtime friends. In addition, several of our “teams” are groups like Arc Mercer, Community Options or SERV. We are also happy to welcome one-time volunteer groups from the area companies and organizations for a day of service.
In the summer months, we need additional volunteers to fill in when our regular volunteers are unavailable. Being a “summer substitute” is an ideal opportunity for teachers and others who have extra time off, or for grandparents who wish to teach their grandchildren about the joys of volunteering, or parents with their older children.
Office volunteers support staff by packing nonperishable groceries, working on mailings and newsletters, answering phones, or helping with a variety of other projects as they come up! Office volunteers would need to be available during our office hours which are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Fair and Event Volunteers
Not available during the week? Consider joining us as a “fair and event volunteer”. Occasionally throughout the year, Meals on Wheels of Mercer County participates in community fairs like the Ewing Community Fest, and working events such as the Meals on Wheels Annual Golf Outing. Fair and event volunteers may also consider helping with speaking engagements to publicize our program in the local community.
Volunteers must be willing to provide two references which will be checked after the application is submitted. These references may be, for example, clergy, current/former employers, personal references, etc. Family members cannot be references. There is no age limit for Meals on Wheels of Mercer County volunteers; however we require that a parent or guardian accompany children under the age of 18 in any volunteer capacity. Drivers must have valid driver’s license and automobile insurance. These two items will be photocopied and included in your volunteer file. Supplemental insurance exists for periods that meals are being delivered.