Become a Volunteer

Every year over 600 volunteers are needed to make our operation run smoothly, contributing a total of 30,000 hours. Call to find out where your time and talents can be invested in our agency. Volunteers are the vital link in our services and add an immeasurable human value to the quality of what we do.

To become a volunteer

Fill out our online application or print the application form and return it to our office.


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Depot Coordinator

The volunteer depot coordinator will transport meals from The Good Companions Senior Centre to The Olde Forge for pick up by delivery volunteers. For a description of the position, click here or email jill@mealsonwheels-ottawa.org. If interested, please fill out the online application.

Office Support

Volunteers assist staff with various clerical duties in the Meals on Wheels office. Volunteer commitment is flexible and can be weekly, occasional or event specific.

Current opportunity as an Administrative Support Volunteer. If interested, please fill out the online application.

Meal Delivery

vol2Volunteer drivers, using their own vehicle, deliver hot meals between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, leaving from various kitchens throughout the city. Meals are delivered in Driver/Server teams. We can match you up with a volunteer server or you can recruit your own partner to deliver with you.

Volunteer servers partner with a driver and don’t require a vehicle.

Frozen Food drivers deliver Tuesdays between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. or Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m..

*Do you like to bike? Leaving from The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, volunteer bikers serve and deliver meals in the downtown core, weather permitting. Trailers are provided if you do not have your own.

Volunteer commitment is flexible and can be as often as once a week or as little as once a month. The agency offers mileage reimbursement to volunteer drivers. Agency policy requires all volunteers to obtain a police records check which is obtained free of charge through our office.

Family Volunteering

familyChildren and their parents or grandparents are encouraged to help deliver meals to the homebound. Your smile will brighten someone’s day!

Frozen Food Sorters

Volunteers help to package and sort meals by route on Mondays and Thursdays.

Volunteer Board of Directors

Volunteers are recruited and screened for a position to serve as a member on the Board of Directors. Members meet five times per year and are required to participate on one or more of the various Board Committees. Please call the office for more information.

Community Representatives

Help make presentations to groups in the community to reach-out to seniors in need and encourage volunteers to get involved with Meals on Wheels. Community Representatives receive training and are equipped with materials and resources to help them be effective.

Please contact us for more information. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Time commitments are flexible and can be arranged to accomodate your schedule.

Meals on Wheels collects the application information to ensure effective communication, recognition, safety and training. Your information will not be shared with other organizations.

volunteer1“Being able to provide a hot meal and a social meeting brings me no greater pleasure. The smile on their face, the pleasant attitude received at the door and the conversation that takes place makes you wish you could stay longer!”

Did you know?

In 2013-14, a total of 68,731 hot meals and 38,372 frozen meals were served to 1,490 clients with the help of 505 volunteers.