Meals on Wheels of Syracuse needs 20 to 25 new volunteer drivers to deliver meals. The non-profit is having an Open House and Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Tuesday, June 24, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The event will be held at Meals on Wheels of Syracuse, 300 Burt Street, in the Almus Olver Towers, with parking and entrance located off of Oakwood Avenue. Staff and other volunteers will be available to welcome guests, provide tours of the kitchen, and answer questions about volunteering for the non-profit program, the 4th oldest Meals on Wheels program in the United States.
“This past Friday, volunteers delivered 962 meals to 481 homebound seniors in the city of Syracuse. Some say that’s amazing. We call it Friday!” said Dave Allen, Fund Development and Community Relations Director. “We have fantastic volunteers who get the job done! We just need more! Many of our volunteers have been with us for 10, 15, 20 plus years!”
Meals on Wheels of Syracuse has around 30 delivery routes to fill with volunteers each weekday. The routes average 10 miles roundtrip and take about an hour to complete. The meals are prepared and ready for delivery by 11:00am. Volunteers use their own vehicles and agree to a background check.
Allen added, “This is perfect for retirees, church groups, and service organizations. Once a week is what we hope new volunteers will be willing to do. Sure, we have some volunteers who are with us several days a week, but that’s not a requirement. They enjoy delivering the meals and checking up on our seniors. It’s a vital necessity in Syracuse.”