Volunteer Home delivered meal driver

I feel good providing much needed meals during the pandemic. Doing this one thing gives me purpose and I like it.

Volunteer Home Delivered Meals Drivers

Springwell’s mission is to provide comprehensive services to seniors, individuals with disabilities and those who provide care, guided by a commitment to an individual’s right to live independently in the community. Springwell provides diverse services in a variety of settings and communities to over 11,000 per year.

Springwell is an essential part of the social safety net for thousands of older adults each year, and we are continuing to provide the services that are helping them stay safe and in their homes during this challenging time.

OVERVIEW

Springwell has never stopped working diligently to continue to provide services to our senior community through the pandemic. We have, however, faced unique and unanticipated challenges, especially in our home-delivered meals program, which has suffered from staffing issues due to the closure of a key community partner.  Springwell responded by recruiting temporary volunteers who are willing to provide home delivery of meals. Even with re-opening activities, we continue to need volunteers to fill this vital role. We especially need volunteers who can work in the towns of Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley.

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH SPRINGWELL

Springwell has more than 40 years of experience working with volunteers. One thing we know for sure is that kindness matters. Because of Springwell Volunteers: People are less lonely. People are less anxious. People can get to important medical appointments. People feel heard. People are able to enjoy a healthy meal in a friendly environment. People know someone cares.

Each volunteer is screened to determine their interests, trained and carefully matched with a senior in the community. Program managers are always available to answer volunteers’ questions and handle any concerns that may arise.

Schedule

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must be interested in receiving web based training and support to help us reach vulnerable seniors with critical in-home meals;
  • Must have a reliable car, a current driver’s license, and a clean driving record;
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs;
  • Must have knowledge of the geographic area or the ability to navigate using gps;
  • Must be available between 10 am – 2 pm on at least one weekday for multiple weeks;
  • Must be able to successfully meet the regulatory pre-requisites for the position; and
  • Must commit to providing these services, consistent with guidance we receive from the CDC, WHO and other governmental agencies, recognizing you may come into contact with high-risk members of our community and others.

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER

To become Springwell Temporary Volunteer Home-Delivered Meals Driver, have two favorable references, successfully pass a Criminal Offender Record Inquiry (CORI) and drivers clearance screening, and successfully complete an online series of training steps and material review. When you are ready to sign up, click on the “Volunteer Now!” button to fill out a short registration form. Once you have completed the form, we will send you an email with next steps.

More Info

What will you gain from the role?

  • The satisfaction of being part of an agency that cares about the community
  • A opportunity to deliver vital nutrition support directly to seniors who need it
  • A sense of achievement
  • A new community of colleagues

What skills and experience are needed?

  • Good driving and navigation skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to treat information confidentially
  • Patience and a good sense of humor!

What support will be provided?

  • Volunteer orientation via email support
  • Support and guidance from our staff
  • PPE necessary to complete the role according to MA Department of Public Health guidance

When will you be needed? 

This volunteer role involves a regular (anywhere from once or twice a month, once a week, or daily) commitment to sign up for a driving shift.  Volunteer shifts are weekdays between 10AM-2PM, depending on the shift you sign up for.