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Volunteers are the heart of our organization. You have spent a lifetime acquiring skills. Come share them with us! To inquire about any of the positions outlined below,  please  contact us.

Why Volunteer?

  • Gain valuable work experience.
  • Learn new skills while using present skills.
  • Share time, talent and expertise.
  • Meet new people and be an important part of a valuable team.
  • Gain personal satisfaction by helping others.

Meals-on-Wheels Volunteer Driver

Volunteers deliver nutritionally balanced meals and groceries to Edmonton area homes for people who, for a variety of reasons, cannot prepare adequate meals or shop easily for themselves. We also require drivers to deliver hot lunches to community groups.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum 18 years of age. Must have own vehicle, be a competent driver, able to climb stairs, lift up to 20lb, valid driver’s license, clean drivers abstract, willing to submit to a criminal records check and carry liability insurance.

LOCATION: Depot Locations vary across the city.

TIME COMMITMENT: Twice a week to once a month depending on volunteer availability.

Hot meal deliveries occur Monday – Friday, between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. While this time is determined as the delivery window, not all deliveries take 2.5 hours to complete. The length of time depends on the size of the route and where in the city that route is located. The average delivery route takes less than two hours to complete. Frozen meal deliveries happen on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Again, shift time varies depending on size and length of route, however the average delivery route takes less than two hours to complete.

Kitchen Helper

Help Meals on Wheels prepare for 200-400 meals each weekday by chopping, peeling, dishing and packaging food, washing, baking and more.

QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteers must be at least sixteen (16) years of age, capable of standing for long periods of time, able to lift up to 20lbs and be comfortable using kitchen utensils such as knives, peelers and other sharp objects. Must be able demonstrate the ability to work with others.

LOCATION: Edmonton Meals on Wheels Production Centre, 11111 103 Avenue NW

TIME COMMITMENT: Flexible weekday hours between 6:30 am and 2:00 pm

Meals on Wheels Grocery Shopper

Volunteer Grocery Shoppers buy, deliver and shelve groceries for low income people who cannot shop for themselves. Each Volunteer Grocery Shopper is matched with a client in a convenient area of the city based on the preferred location.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum 18 years of age. Able to climb stairs, lift and carry up to 25lb, physical ability to stand, walk, and reach for items while shopping. Volunteers are also required to submit a criminal record check, have a valid driver’s license, vehicle and liability insurance.

LOCATION: Locations vary across the city

TIME COMMITMENT: 2-3 hours, one day a week or three times per month for a duration of six months or more. Shifts can be arranged directly with clients.

The timing of the visit and particular shopping details are left up to the client and their volunteer to agree upon. Volunteers may be asked to help clients with tasks that are often difficult for them such as putting groceries away, opening bottles, boxes, reaching objects, etc.

Special Events Volunteer

Special Event Volunteers help at fundraising events to raise support and awareness for Edmonton Meals on Wheels. They may assist with every aspect of the event, including set-up, registration, auction support and guest relations.  There are events through out the year to participate in.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Friendly and patient attitude, reliable, good organizational skills, able to receive direction and work as part of a team.

LOCATION: Edmonton Meals on Wheels Production Centre and various venues throughout the city

TIME COMMITMENT: 6 – 50 hours

Holiday Events

Each year we mobilize community volunteers to deliver turkey dinners on Christmas Day in the Edmonton area. During the winter holidays, volunteers at local corporations and businesses lead gift drives and donate socks, slippers and personal care items for holiday gift bags. Volunteers assemble and organize the gift bags for delivery. Seasonal.

Cards & Holiday Placemats

During holidays and throughout the year, we invite schools to make cards and small crafts to send along with meals for our clients.

Alternative Measures/Community Service

Edmonton Meals on Wheels accepts members of the community that need to complete alternative measure hours.

QUALIFICATIONS: You must be 18 years of age or older and have a minimum of 25 hours to complete. We will only accept specific charges for receiving these hours. Reasons stemming from theft, assault or hard drugs will not be accepted.

HOW TO APPLY: Please contact us, stating your name, contact number(s), how many hours you have, and how you received them. You will be contacted for a brief interview. Please give yourself ample time to complete this process. You are expected to bring documentation from your lawyer or Alberta Justice regarding your alternative measures.

WHAT HAPPENS THEN? Once you are accepted at Edmonton Meals on Wheels, a letter is issued to Alberta Justice or your lawyer that you have been accepted to complete your hours.  This letter will not be sent before meeting you and accepting your application.  Once your hours are complete, the Client Service Manager will send a second letter stating that your hours are complete.  It is your responsibility to bring the contact information to the interview.

Please note: Submission of volunteer applications for any position does not automatically guarantee a placement

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Volunteer Preferences

Please indicate your preferred days and times for volunteering with a ✔ in the appropriate box.
Volunteer Hours: Kitchen 6:30am–3:00pm. Drivers 10:30am–2:00pm. Evening Delivery 5:00pm–7:30pm. Grocery Shopper: flexible – arranged with volunteer and client. Please ask for details.

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Please indicate the volunteer opportunities that interest you. Check as many boxes as you like.
Because of the vulnerable nature of the clients we serve, any applicant that may have a communicable disease or if pests such as bed bugs are present or suspected in their accommodations are not recommended to apply. Please disclose if you have any food allergies or cultural concerns relating to various types of food.

Other Information

Do you have any conditions or limitations which require special accommodations?
Do you have a valid driver's license?
Do you own a vehicle?
Is your vehicle insured?

Declaration

I certify that the facts set forth in this volunteer application are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I understand that submitting my application does not guarantee my acceptance and I agree to participate in further screening to assist Edmonton Meals on Wheels in determining my suitability for any volunteer position. I also understand that any information I provide on this form will not be released to any other organizations or persons without my authorization.

I authorize Edmonton Meals on Wheels to contact the references I have provided in connection with this application. Initially or if necessary, over the course of time, I also agree to release my name and date of birth to the police department for security clearance purposes, and my emergency contacts if necessary. I consent to receive periodic correspondence, direct mail pieces and information in varying formats from Meals on Wheels.