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- How does the volunteer application process work?
- How long is my volunteer commitment?
- Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
- I work 9:00am – 5:00pm during the week. When can I volunteer?
- My schedule is erratic. Do I need to commit to volunteering at the same time each week?
- Can my group volunteer?
- Do you complete background checks?
- Must I go through a physical examination?
- Can I complete court-ordered community service with Citymeals?
How does the volunteer application process work?
All prospective volunteers must submit an application, including two references. After applying, volunteers are required to attend an orientation prior to beginning their volunteer work to ensure they understand our mission and their responsibilities.
How long is my volunteer commitment?
One-time volunteer opportunities are available through our meal delivery, handmade card, kitchen helper and office helper programs. Our Friendly Visiting, Senior Chat and Senior Script programs require a six-month commitment.
Is there an age requirement to volunteer?
We welcome volunteers of all ages. If a person under the age of 16 would like to deliver meals, he or she must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers must be 16 or older to participate in our Friendly Visiting and Senior Chat programs.
I work 9:00am – 5:00pm during the week. When can I volunteer?
We have volunteer opportunities to fit all schedules. Volunteers can deliver meals on weekends while Friendly Visiting, Senior Chat and Senior Script opportunities can adapt to your personal schedule.
My schedule is erratic. Do I need to commit to volunteering at the same time each week?
You do not have to volunteer at the same time each week. However, once your volunteer schedule is established, it is important to report to your assignment when scheduled and on time.
Can my group volunteer?
Members of community groups, corporate teams and schools are welcome to volunteer on a regular or one-time basis. Please fill out our volunteer form for corporate and community groups.
Do you complete background checks?
To protect our meal recipients, volunteers given certain assignments may be asked to submit to a criminal background check. When it is required, volunteers who do not agree to the background check may be refused.
Must I go through a physical examination?
All volunteers should be in good health and capable of performing their assigned duties. Physical examinations are not required for meal deliveries or Friendly Visiting, but volunteers should take into consideration the vulnerability of the elderly when signing up to volunteer.
Can I complete court-ordered community service with Citymeals?
We cannot accept court mandated community service. If you have any criminal charges pending or convictions, you are not eligible to volunteer with Citymeals.