“Our volunteers have the MOST fun!”
"YOU HAVE TO GET LOST BEFORE YOU CAN BE FOUND."
We are always looking for volunteers! Whether you want to deliver, work in the kitchen, or just help out any way that you can, we would love to talk to you. Stop in to 413 Church street and fill out an application, and we can tell you more about the opportunities we currently have! *Please note: Every volunteer is required to have a background check before starting service*
Information About Our Program
We prepare and deliver meals to the following areas: North Syracuse, Mattydale, Liverool, Cicero, Clay, Brewerton, Bridgeport and Baldwinsville (for those who meet financial criteria).
We prepare approx. 400 meals per day (200 lunch and 200 hot meals)
Our program begins at 7 am and runs until about 1 pm daily
Our volunteer drivers start coming in at 10 am to socialize-then they start loading their coolers at 10:40. It typically takes about 1 hour to deliver meals on a route.
Routes average 7-11 stops per day.
Kitchen Volunteers start between 7 am and 8 am and typically volunteer until about 12 noon.
Volunteer Bakers come in later morning and volunteer for approx. 3 hours.
Our volunteers retention rate is excellent...
The average volunteer has been with NAMOW for ofver 10 years now!
North Area Meals on Wheels also invites volunteers to participate with numerous committees and events th at we have throughout the year.
By working together we have the strength and determination to meet the challenges and
accomplish our goals!
Q: Is Meals on Wheels looking for new volunteers?
A: Yes, we always have a need for regular and occasional volunteers. CALL TODAY at 315-452-1402!
Q: Can I volunteer on the weekends?
A: Currently, Meals on Wheels only has opportunities during the week (Monday – Friday)
Q: How often do I have to volunteer?
A: You can volunteer for as many, or as few, days as you'd like. We also rely on substitute drivers and kitchen help while our regulars are unable.
Q: What if I can’t make the time & date that I scheduled to volunteer?
A: Meals on Wheels understands that you’re a busy person, and things come up from time to time. You can call the driver coordinator at 425-1402 if you will need a sub.
Since many people depend on Meals on Wheels to provide them with nutrition each day, Meals on Wheels asks each volunteer to give as much notice as possible if you can’t make a time for which you’ve volunteered.
Q: Can I just show up if I have some free time?
A: No. We like to get to know all of our volunteers. A considerable amount of planning goes in to preparing, packaging and delivering such a large quantity of meals each day. If you’d like to be apply to be a substitute driver (determined on a daily basis) please submit an individual application.
Q: How big will my route be?
A: Meals on Wheels strives to have short, convenient delivery routes. Routes are neighborhood based, and generally are an average of 12 stops.
Q: How long will my delivery route take?
A: Once you get to know a route, it gets easier and easier. Most routes are programmed now to be about an hour each day. Some are a little longer, some are a little shorter. The volunteer office will work with you to find a time commitment that works for you.
Q: I don't feel safe driving in the winter, but my friend does. Can we work as a team?
A: Of course! You can share a route with your friend and still deliver meals.
Q: What if it's winter and the roads are terrible. Will I still need to drive?
A: We will post to the newschannels and also on our facebook page if we close and do not need drivers. Look for "North Area Meals on Wheels" in the closings list.