Valley Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteer drivers. This is important but relatively easy volunteer opportunity. As Christians we are called to visit the lonely and to feed the hungry.
Generally the volunteer time schedule calls for about 1½ hours each time that you drive from 10:30 a.m. to about 12 noon. There is some variability in length of delivery routes and number of clients on each route. Typically routes have from 12 to 18 deliveries for each day. (Weekends usually have shorter, smaller routes.) Our Clarkston route now has 25 or more clients most days and can take 2 hours to drive. As a volunteer driver you have the flexibility to choose short or longer routes and you may also choose to drive routes in parts of valley with which you are most familiar to drive.
There is considerable flexibility about how and when you volunteer. Some people drive one time each month while others drive one day each week. Some people do not have a regular driving schedule, but are available as substitute drivers on call as needed. As a Meals on Wheels volunteer you can drive as often as you wish according to your own personal schedule.
As a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels you will be doing a great deal of good in a short time. You will be delivering a hot meal to individuals who have that need. This may be allowing people to remain relatively independent in their own homes which would not be possible without this support. Each day that you deliver meals, you have the opportunity for personal contact with grateful people who may have little or no other personal contact throughout the day and week.
Have you thought about participating in 2nd Saturday, one of the important outreach ministries of our church?
Second Saturday ministry reaches out in very practical ways to people in our community. Most often we build wheelchair ramps, allowing individuals with limited or poor mobility to remain in their homes. Other tasks include painting; yard work and even packing to help someone move. Anyone and everyone can come and help and be part of this team.
Breakfast is served at 7 to 8 a.m. in Hendrick Hall with a time of sharing and good fellowship with other volunteers. The work day is from 8 to 4. However volunteers are invited to come and help as their personal schedules allow. If you can work until 10 a.m. or until noon that is fine. If you are busy in the morning, but can come for the afternoon that is great as well.
It is not a requirement for all volunteers to be a “handy person” with tools and power tools. Everyone can help and contribute. You can do those tasks for which you are capable, but you might find yourself challenged to use tools and do tasks which might surprise you. Bob Vallandigham coordinator of 2nd Saturday work days is a professional contractor. Of course he has the professional expertise to do and direct all the tasks that come up. However, he also challenges volunteers to try new things, to increase their skills as we all become part of team from the church serving this as our mission of the church.