Volunteer as an Individual

Deliver Meals as a Volunteer Driver!

Volunteers are the heart of Horizons’ Meals on Wheels program. Caring and compassionate individuals deliver seven frozen healthy meals to recipient’s homes once a week to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19.

One of the many benefits of volunteering is helping the growing population of Linn County’s home-bound senior members continue to live independently in their own homes. Volunteers also offer caregivers/family members peace of mind that their loved ones will receive a meal, a friendly conversation and a weekly safety check.

Step 1: Please complete a Volunteer Application

Step 2: Complete a Phone Interview

Our Volunteer Coordinator will give you a call and make sure you’re placed in a volunteer role that fits your skills and interests.

Step 3: Attend a Virtual Volunteer Orientation

Volunteer Orientations are held on select Fridays in the morning.

In the volunteer interview, you will be asked to select a date you would like attend an orientation.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled volunteer orientation, please contact us at (8319) 398-3943 to discuss an alternative orientation time.

Step 3: Sign Up for a Route

Our volunteer schedules and areas are flexible so you can drive as often or as seldom as you want. You can sign up for routes and manage your schedule here once you create an account.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, volunteers go to conveniently located designated pick-up sites to get frozen meals that are in grocery bags. Pick up times for each site are between 10:00am – 11:00am. A route sheet is provided with address directions to each recipient’s home. After volunteers deliver their route, the empty banana boxes are dropped back off at the pick-up site.

If someone is not home, volunteers notify the Meals On Wheels office so a follow up phone call can be made to check on the recipient’s well-being.

All routes cover just a few miles and take about an hour to complete. Routes may contain an average of 8-15 stops.

Please note: The last week of the month, clients will be receiving Care Package deliveries as well as their frozen meals.

The need for more drivers is highest during the summer and holiday seasons.

Learn more about our Routes and Pick-Up Sites, here.

**Drivers must be 18 years of age, have an automobile and a valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance and agree to a simple background screening.

School Community Service Hours

Horizons’ Meals On Wheels program can help students complete required school-related community service hours.

Please contact us at (319) 398-3943 to discuss completing community service hours with us!

Community Service Volunteer Opportunities include:

  • Making greeting cards with positive messages (Birthday, Valentine’s Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Holiday, etc.) Receiving a card along with the hot meal gives our seniors an extra reason to celebrate special days. Cards that contain the following can’t be accepted: political or religious references, glitter or sealed in envelopes.
  • Helping on the day of a special event (Turkey Trottt, Joy Drive, or Lunchbox!)
  • Decorating paper lunch bags for our Thanksgiving morning delivery.
  • Giving your time at the office to each Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00am – 12:30 pm packing frozen meals for delivery.