What do Meals on Wheels Volunteers do?

There are more than 150 dedicated volunteers who do a variety of tasks for CHCMOW.  In addition to driving and baking desserts, there are many other opportunities to help.  These include picking up food from local businesses who donate to us, setting up and cleaning up daily operations, organizing senior snack donations from PORCH once a month, and serving as substitute drivers.    All board member positions are also filled by volunteers, many of whom chair committees that require volunteer help.  Publicity and Fundraising are two committees that benefit from community volunteer membership.  If you have an interest in any of these opportunities, please volunteer.

If you want to volunteer for Meals on Wheels, but not necessarily bake desserts or deliver meals, please consider one of the following volunteer opportunities.  The list below briefly describes the varied jobs an interested volunteer might choose to do.  If something here appeals to you, please contact us via the website or call the office, 919.942-2489.

The Volunteer Chair is a member of the board.  She coordinates three Vice Chairs, 5 Day Chairs (one for each day we deliver meals), and is responsible for recruitment, intake and training of new volunteers.  She oversees the following volunteers:

  • Drivers deliver meals to recipients  (1½ hours once a week).
  • Substitute drivers (called upon as needed).
  • Day Chairs.  Day Chairs keep track of drivers on their assigned day and schedule substitute drivers if necessary.
  • Clean-up volunteers greet drivers as they return, wipe down and put away equipment. (1 hour one day/week). 

The Vice Chair for Operations oversees the following volunteers:

  • Bakers bake 3 dozen desserts once a month.
  • Food Runners collect foods donated by Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Panera Bread, and Starbucks, and deliver them to the Meals on Wheels office at Binkley Baptist Church  (½ hour once a week per pick-up).

The Vice Chair for Communications recruits volunteers needed for information fairs and maintains the database of active volunteers.

The Vice Chair for Appreciation  plans an annual appreciation event and smaller ongoing events that honor our volunteers.

The Executive Director oversees the following volunteers:

  • Set-up volunteers arrange foods for drivers, pack up meals and extra foods.
  • Snack Packers organize donations into snack packs for recipients (once a month).
  • Route Planner maps out deliveries in a logical order, re-ordering routes as needed.
  • Menu Planner evaluates nutrition/variety of meals and suggests possible changes.
  • Operations Managers  are trained to run the office when the Director is unavailable.
  • Researchers investigate a variety of topics as needed.
  • Librarian manages BookHarvest donations in the office and picks up new books once a month. 

 Other volunteer opportunities include:

  • Board Members meet 7 times a year and carry out committee responsibilities.
  • Publicizing events and services via e-mail, print, radio, website and social media throughout the year as a member of the Publicity committee.
  • Fundraising events throughout the year as a member of the Fundraising committee.
  • Grant writing as a member of the Fundraising committee.
  • Tabulating client and volunteer survey data (once a year).
  • Database management, i.e., adding names and addresses to contact list.
  • Acknowledgements, writing thank-you notes (as needed) and assisting with large mailings (two or three times a year).


Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels Program Volunteer Intake

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