We always need reliable (and much appreciated!) volunteers for our five-day-a-week meal service. Volunteers assist in the kitchen with meal preparation and meal delivery (using their own vehicles). Volunteering with Westlake Meals on Wheels is a rewarding activity. Regardless of how you volunteer, you’re giving the gift of independent living to a home-bound person.
Volunteers Always Welcome!
Most volunteers serve one day a week and opportunities are available to meet most schedule needs. No special skills are necessary, just a desire to help! Training is provided.
Substitute kitchen assistants and drivers are called on an as-needed basis, based on schedule needs and availability. Board Standing Committee opportunities are also available for people willing to assist with fundraising, marketing, strategic planning and other committees.
Who Can Volunteer
Most volunteers are individuals, but we love working with corporate, community/civic, and young professional groups, schools, students fulfilling service hours and others. A variety of opportunities are available or be creative and suggest a new idea!
If you would like to help or to know more about the Westlake Meals on Wheels program, please call 440-871-2551 to schedule an orientation.
Below is a list of the most common volunteer positions. If you have a skill or a passion for something not listed below, we can find a place for your talent. Contact us! We would love to hear what you can bring to the Meals on Wheels “table.”
- Kitchen Assistant
- Volunteer Baker
- Office Help
- Birthday/Get Well Card Maker
- Grant writing
- Event planning
- Social Media / Website
- Your Other Talents
Kitchen assistants work under the direction of our head cooks from 8:00 am to about 10:30 am. Various activities include dicing and preparing various components for the day’s entrée and cold meal, such as salads, wraps, croissant sandwiches, including filling and sealing meal trays. Packing dessert, fruits, beverages, based on the daily menu. Place sealed meals in the delivery coolers prior to the drivers arrival. Washing dishes and pans along with assisting the cook to ensure the meals are ready on time for delivery to our recipients.
Employee Illness Policy (kitchen assistants and bakers)
Volunteer Bakers prepare fresh baked goods in our kitchen from about 11 am -12:30 pm. They bake around 60 servings of each treat.
Delivery volunteers serve from approximately 10:30 am – 12:15 pm, delivering in the communities of Bay Village, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and Westlake. Recipients are usually grouped as closely as possible to minimize distances and delivery times. Delivery drivers use their own cars.
Last updated: March 27, 2021 at 18:57 pm