Make a Difference Today
By delivering meals to seniors in Rhode Island, you can help ensure our seniors remain independent. Our volunteers are doing so much more than just delivering nutritious meals – they provide social interactions for our seniors who may be isolated or homebound. Our volunteers also conduct critical safety checks while dropping off meals to ensure our seniors are safe. Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island could not serve over 3,000 seniors a year without the help of our gracious volunteers.
Wondering what to expect when you become a #deliveryhero? Find out more about delivering meals and smiles to seniors in need.
Get Started In 5 Easy Steps
1. Fill Out Online Application
Fill out our five minute online application to get started on your volunteer journey.
2. Complete Background Check
This step is required for all applicants over the age of 18.
3. Watch The Training Video
Watch our short training video to get familiar with our process.
4. Review The Volunteer Handbook
Review the Volunteer handbook by clicking a button below.
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5. Sign Up For Your FIrst Route
A member of our team will contact you once your application and background check have finished processing to guide you in setting up your first route.
Other Ways to Volunteer
Meals on Wheels of RI has several volunteer opportunities to benefit the homebound seniors we serve across the state, reducing the feelings of isolation and loneliness often associated with their homebound status. Whether it’s holding a collection drive for our Pet Food Program or sending a greeting card with a note of good cheer, just a little of your time will make a big difference in the life of one of our homebound clients.
Send Senior Cheer
Our clients love to receive “treats” from caring individuals – those who have taken the time to make something thoughtful can brighten the day of a homebound senior.
It only takes a few minutes to brighten someone’s entire day with a note of cheer.
PET FOOD PROGRAM
Our Pet Food Program provides clients with necessities for their pets including cat/dog food, cat litter, cat/dog dental treats, and other items such as cat toys, dog bones, etc.
SENIOR WISH PROGRAM
At the holiday season or any time of year, our homebound clients are gifted with everyday essentials they might not otherwise be able to afford.
READ OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TO LEARN MORE
No! As a volunteer, you can decide how frequently you want to deliver meals. Some volunteer twice a week, some once a month. We are flexible to your scheduling needs!
Interested volunteers are asked to fill out an application, participate in a background check, attend a one-time volunteer training session, and shadow a driver before they are given their own route.
While we try to accommodate routes that are most convenient for volunteers, the needs of different areas of the state vary all the time. Available routes will be discussed at the time of your onboarding and you will never be assigned a route that you haven’t agreed to!
Yes! The onboarding process is all the same, and you can choose to be called when we are short drivers instead of having a regular route.
Yes! there are many ways to volunteer for our organization. Whether it’s coming in to clean coolers, make birthday cards, or pack meals – there is often room for some additional help! Contact a volunteer coordinator to see what the current needs are.
For the AmeriCorps volunteer program, you just need to be aged 55+ and agree to the required background checks. The onboarding process is the same! Opting to become an AmeriCorps volunteer will help us develop new delivery routes and expand our program’s capabilities here in Providence.