Volunteer

make a difference

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our Home-Delivery Program. We deliver between 700 and 800 meals per day to home-bound seniors throughout Solano County. Most of these meals are delivered by Meals on Wheels Volunteers. Without our extensive volunteer community, we could not sustain the Home-Delivery Program which accounts for approximately 80% of our clientele.

You don’t have to invest a huge amount of time in order to make a difference in a senior’s life. It takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours to deliver a meal route. You can volunteer one day a week or more if you like. You can also volunteer to be a backup driver in case of emergency or volunteer at one of our seven Congregate Dining Sites throughout Solano County.

Volunteers use their own vehicles to deliver meals. We ask that you report your time and mileage to Meals on Wheels. All mileage donated to Meals on Wheels activities is tax-deductible and we will provide you with a letter at the end of the year documenting your annual mileage for your taxes.

If you would like to volunteer, please fill out our Volunteer Application. Once your application has been submitted, our Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Thomas, will contact you to schedule a training day and discuss volunteer opportunities with you.

Return the following forms:

  • Volunteer Application

  • Acknowledgment and Authorization for Background Check

  • Personal Data

  • Disclosure Regarding Background Check

  • Meals on Wheels Liability Insurance Form

  • Confidentiality Agreement

  • Copy of Valid Driver's License

  • Copy of Insurance Declaration Page

  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination

  • Privacy & Information Security Awareness Training Certificate 

*Please note: We do not accommodate community service hours for volunteering with Meals on Wheels Solano County.

 

 

Volunteer Responsibilities & Duties

As a volunteer, you will have varied responsibilities. Your primary function is to deliver the meals, but you are also a greeter, an observer, a liaison, and sometimes even a lifesaver. Since our volunteers are the ones who have regular contact with our clients, your job is an important one in helping to provide the best possible service when delivering meals.

  • Volunteers deliver meals to home-bound seniors Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, excluding holidays.

  • Volunteers act as a liaison between Meals on Wheels of Solano County and our home-bound senior clients.

  • Volunteers never accept gifts or money from clients.

  • Volunteers must be willing, able, and capable of picking up and delivering the meals in all types of weather conditions.

  • Volunteers will deliver menus to clients each month.

  • Volunteers will pick up the meals and review route sheets for updates/changes.

  • Volunteers will return food coolers and route sheets to Meals on Wheels of Solano County to the designated location at the end of your route.

  • Senior clients requesting any additional services beyond meals will be referred to the Meals on Wheels administration office for assistance.

Already a volunteer and would like to pick up a shift or change your availability? Please visit our scheduler and make your changes as needed at least 24 hours in advance.