Delivering meals to the homebound is an on-going volunteer opportunity with Three Village Meals On Wheels. Volunteers come from all walks of life: individuals, couples, retirees, stay at home parents, and students with transportation. In addition to meal delivery, volunteers provide a vital link to those they serve. For many clients, the few minutes they have with a volunteer are their only face to face contact with someone all day. By participating you can make a difference!
Most drivers volunteer one day a week. The meals are delivered around noon Monday - Friday. Volunteers deliver the route in pairs, picking up meals at one of our three meal distribution sites in Port Jefferson or Setauket. Volunteers deliver 8 clients in their area and return the used trays to the distribution site. Delivery takes approximately one and one-half hours. Volunteers provide their own transportation.
We have both regular delivery route volunteers, who deliver the same route on a particular day either weekly or biweekly, and substitute route volunteers who deliver when the weekly volunteers are unavailable. Substitute drivers receive an e-mail at the end of the week listing the routes that need coverage the following week. The volunteer lets the office know what route(s) they are available for and the office will then make the final assignments. Substitute drivers are notified of the route, facility, pickup time and contact information for the other volunteer they will be working with.
Volunteers also help with mailings, computer input, diet slip delivery to the meal preparation sites, etc. These tasks are performed in the Meals on Wheels main office during weekday hours.
Training is provided for all volunteers.
If you decide to volunteer, please print, complete and forward the application to us or call for an appointment. To access the form click here.