Times of day
A few hours per week
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Routes in Greater Bremerton Area
MEALS ON WHEELS KITSAP VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION
HOME DELIVERED MEALS PROGRAM
JOB TITLE: Driver
Employing excellent customer service skills, the Driver using his/her own vehicle, delivers either hot, frozen or a combination of meals to homebound clients. The Driver ensures that meals are delivered within food safety timeframe standards, has a visual/verbal check in with clients whenever possible, and using their observations skills complete a safety check. Representing Meals on Wheels Kitsap, the Driver professionally interacts with the client and communicates to the Home Delivered Meals (HDM) Coordinator any particular items of concern or change. The Driver adheres to program standards, and on occasion supports the HDM Team with other duties as needed i.e. ‘more than a meal’.
- Pick up meals at the kitchen, checking to make sure route sheet numbers match the number of ordered meals
- Deliver meals to homebound seniors within specified food safety standard timeframes
- Able to lift 30 pounds and climb stairs
- Assist client with meal packaging (opening containers) as needed and placing meal where food safety may be maintained
- Engage and interact with the client
- Observe changes in the client or the home: uneaten food, unknown guests, speech, and unusual behavior, noting any changes or problems on route sheet and/or to MOWK staff
- Strong navigation skills of Kitsap County and able to follow a road map of a scheduled route in a timely manner
- Receive donations from clients, provide receipt as requested, and forward to MOWK office
- Complete MOWK paperwork to document delivery time, missed delivery, and any other issues experienced on their route
- Return items and delivery bags to kitchen at the end of assigned route
- Participate in the annual required volunteer training and any additional training/in service opportunities to increase job knowledge and skills
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Must be dependable, trustworthy, and have reliable personal transportation
- Must have valid driver’s license and proof of current insurance
- Must pass criminal history background check annually
- Have the ability to use good judgment and be thoughtful to clients
- Feel comfortable around elderly persons and going into their homes
- Ability to be an active listener and keen observer, especially with understanding the needs of senior adults
The Volunteer Coordinator will provide opportunities for orientation, setting up training, and cross-training on other routes as needed. Completion of required on the job training would include riding along with an experienced driver on delivery routes until confident to deliver independently.
The HDM Coordinator will provide primary supervision to the HDM Driver; however, other MOWK staff members are available to assist the volunteer interpret the policies and procedures if needed.
The position of Driver requires the volunteer to begin no earlier than 10:00 AM and finish no later than 1:00 PM. Routes should take approximately 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours, depending on the number of clients on the route. For more information contact the Volunteer Coordinator at the MOWK office (360) 377-8511 or toll free (888) 877-8511.
- Training Provided
How To Apply
Please complete Volunteer Application Packet available in a PDF file on our website at:
http://www.mealsonwheelskitsap.org/volunteer.html and send to our listed address.
If unable to print out, please contact us at (360) 377-8511 to request a Volunteer Application Packet by mail.
We conduct a Washington State Patrol background check on all volunteers; please be sure to complete this section of the application prior to sending in .
We welcome couple/friends/other types of teams to become route drivers.