Free Food for Underprivileged and Disabled Individuals
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Longmont, CO – January 14, 2015
In my time volunteering for Meals on Wheels, I was able to deliver meals to elderly individuals or people who were not able to leave their homes to go get food due to medical issues or other disabilities. The whole thing would only take around an hour and a half or so to deliver out all the meals, along with a newspaper if they requested one. The meals were usually ready to go when we walked in to the center and the supervisor would greet us before we set out, giving us our route for the day. The hardest part of the job was seeing how sad it was for some of these people, whether it was their living conditions or the medical issues that were apparent visibly. The most enjoyable part of this volunteer job was seeing their faces light up when we arrived and hearing their appreciation and gratuity.
A typical day at Meals On Wheels includes picking up meals at a designated church and delivering the meals to people who can't cook for themselves and lack the money to do so. The hardest part of the job is not being able to do more to help the clients.
Food handler (Former Employee) – Bethlehem, PA – January 1, 2015
Typical day would be working on hotline for 2 hours then packing hot bags. Once that was done. Assisted with cold foods including preparing and removing from line to pack. I love doing things that help others. I learned Management treated people differently. I was there every day and filled in for every position. I could not get a raise because of my title. I saw people on the line including a supervisor drunk or high. After I made a complaint I was conveniently laid off.
Management should be a positive example. My one boss was fired for stealing gas cards to use for his family cars. My one supervisor was getting raises while still coming to work either high or drunk.
I saw from their example why bother to do your best and work towards raises with management who did whatever they wanted.
Service Coordinator (Former Employee) – Anderson, SC – December 16, 2014
Meals on Wheels was an experience that I will never forget, and it has entered my heart and will never let go. The most enjoyable part of this job was meeting the recipients and being repaid in a way that money never could meet the need. My coworkers became friends and I still see them today. The hardest part of the job was walking away for different opportunities.
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Cloverdale, CA – December 16, 2014
Aside from managing a site for a year I've been a volunteer for 16 years. Great company with cool people. The best part of the job is helping seniors who are unable to get food themselves stay healthy through nutrition. The hardest part is creating a relationship with people who are close to passing away. Any given year you have to deal with several deaths of people you've gotten to know.
Social Worker/ Case Manager for Homebound Seniors (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – November 4, 2014
Excellent, reliable delivery of meals to clients. Excellent and caring staff Home visits and assessment of clients need and eligibility for program Making phone call to family members, MD's, and other service providers as needed. Making phone calls to schedule appointments for home visits. Going into dirty, bug infested, cluttered homes in bad neighborhoods in San francisco, Allowing clients to maintain independence in home and not be placed in outside facility
occasional free lunches
dealing with clients with multiple needs, chronic medical problems, and chronic mental health problems, chronic substance abuse issues, finding parking, entering dirty, bug infested, cluttered homes.
Volunteer (Current Employee) – Portland, OR – September 7, 2014
Meals on Wheels is a wonderful place to volunteer to help those seniors who cannot provide for themselves. I was able to work with other amazing volunteers and staff, as well as meet some of the seniors.