– Meals-On-Wheels Runner

Date Posted: 2022-03-18
Posted By: Cristina Tozzi
Date Needed: 2022-05-01
City: Toronto
Location: Ontario
Country: Canada
Primary Category: *Driving and Transportation
Type of Position: In Person – Weekdays
Description & Details

The Meals on Wheels Program offers healthy, affordable meals to seniors and people living with disabilities in the downtown West-end community. This service is an integral role in supporting independence and  connection, as Runners are often the only person seen by the client in the course of the day.

The Meals on Wheels Runners, in partnership with a Driver, deliver hot meals along a planned route, for 1.5-2 hrs. a week. While on route, he/she is responsible to check the route book for special diets, ensuring each client receives the correct meal.  A brief chat and careful observation to ensure their well-being is a part of the job.

Due to the purpose of this program, runners are expected to include a client safety check while delivering the meal.

Volunteer Duties & Responsibilities:

• Friendly smile
• Arrive at the Meals on Wheels lounge by 10:30/11 am, finishing around 2:00 pm
• Collect the route book and any letters, bills or messages to be given out that particular day
• Meet the driver
• When meals arrive, check the order of meals according to the diets
• Accompany the driver on route, helping to direct him/her if necessary
• Distribute the meals carefully, watching for special diets
• Pause to talk and observe the general condition of each person
• Report back to staff when finished with any observations, and relaying any messages
• Inform the Meals on Wheels staff at least three days in advance if unable to come
• Participation in volunteer job related training workshops

Skills Required:

• Must enjoy working with people
• Must have an interest in seniors and disabled persons` issues
• Must be friendly, reliable, patient, non-judgmental and non-discriminating

Orientation, Training and Benefits:

• Staff provides orientation and training before volunteers are placed in the program
• On-going support provided by staff
• On-going training workshop opportunities and get-togethers provided throughout the year

Program Time:

•6 days a week (Mon-Sat): shifts- 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Volunteer Commitment:

• May volunteer once a week or more
• Minimum of 3-6 months or more

How to Apply / Contact
Contact Information:

Volunteer Program
248 Ossington Ave
(416) 532-4828 ext.105.

Emails:volunteers@westnh.org

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