VOLUNTEER POSITION—KITCHEN AIDE

Purpose

The mission of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (STVMOW) is to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles regardless of age, illness, disability, race, religion or ability to pay.  The program operates Monday-Saturday and Holidays.  STVMOW adheres to the following Vincentian core values:  Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Inventiveness to Infinity.  The Kitchen Aide assists in the preparation of meals in a fast-paced environment and in the cleanliness of the equipment and work area.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Washes, peels, chops, cuts, and cooks foodstuffs under the Kitchen Area Supervisor.
  • Prepares and packages cold and hot packs for delivery.
  • Prepares weekend snacks.
  • Prepares bags with labels for frozen packaging.
  • Packs Sunday meals.
  • Assists in the cleaning of the food preparation equipment and other kitchen tools or areas.
  • Assists in the sanitizing of transport bags.
  • Follows all health and safety/FDA guidelines.
  • Adheres to existing work practices, methods, procedures, and new or alternative systems, as needed.
  • Performs other reasonable duties within the overall function of the position.

Time Commitment: Short term (3 months or less) or long term (6 months or more) for 3-4 hours.  Shifts are usually 8:00 am-noon.  You must attend a brief orientation prior to volunteering.

Qualifications:  Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse staff and volunteers in a team environment; demonstrates a positive attitude; listens and learns fast; strong attention to detail; exhibits dependability, cleanliness, and neatness; food handling certificate or training desired but not required.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  Ability to bend, stoop, kneel, crouch, and twist; ability to stand prolonged periods of time; repetitive motion:  simple grasping, firm grasping, fine manipulation, pushing, pulling, and reaching; good physical condition; ability to lift ten pounds or more.

Benefits:  You can make a difference in the lives of 1900+ homebound seniors and vulnerable residents across Los Angeles.  Grow your skills and advocate for the poor.

How to apply/contact information: Click here to apply online or for more information, contact Laura Medina at (213) 484-7494.


VOLUNTEER POSITION—RUNNER

Purpose

The mission of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (STVMOW) is to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles regardless of age, illness, disability, race, religion or ability to pay.  The program operates Monday-Saturday and Holidays.  STVMOW  adheres to the following Vincentian core values:  Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Inventiveness to Infinity. The Runner is part of a team responsible for providing courteous and timely door-to-door meal delivery service to the client’s residence.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Runner and Driver work as a team to ensure all clients assigned to their route receive the right meal.  Team work duties include:

  • Preparation for the route—count of meals (hot, cold, beverage) and other food items (breakfast, snacks, frozen) if applicable; and route-specific items such as client residence keys, gifts from MOW, payment envelopes, and temperature kit.
  • Loading of vehicle—load containers for hot and cold meals, beverage bag, and other applicable food items.
  • Delivery of meals to the client—check route sheet for special meals and beverage before presentation to the client; complete the route within established timeframes/policy.
  • Unloading of vehicle—remove any leftover meals/beverages and place in designated containers on loading dock; ensure transport containers are returned to the right location at dock; pick up trash and organize any items such as plastic bags or pencils.

Runner duties:  Knock loudly and call out “Meals on Wheels”; give the client reasonable time to answer the door before knocking two more times; greet clients in a kind and courteous manner; follows established procedures regarding meals which cannot be delivered to the client; take notes on the route sheet (e.g., meal delivered, when client is unavailable, payment envelope received) per established guidelines; adheres to existing work practices, methods, procedures, and new or alternative systems, as needed.

Time Commitment: Short term (3 months or less) or long term (6 months or more) for 3-4 hours.  Shifts are usually 9:30 am-1:30 pm.  You must attend an orientation prior to volunteering.

Qualifications:  Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse staff and volunteers in a team environment; demonstrates a positive attitude; strong attention to detail.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: The performance of duties involves working outdoors in varied weather conditions and the physical abilities to climb stairs and lift/move objects of ten pounds or more.

Benefits:  You can make a difference in the lives of 1900+ homebound seniors and vulnerable residents across Los Angeles.  Grow your skills and advocate for the poor.

How to apply/contact information: Click here to apply online or for more information, contact Laura Medina at (213) 484-7494.


VOLUNTEER POSITION—DRIVER

3 POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Purpose:   The mission of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (STVMOW) is to prepare and deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across Los Angeles regardless of age, illness, disability, race, religion, or ability to pay.  The program operates Monday-Saturday and Holidays.  STVMOW adheres to the following Vincentian core values:  Respect, Compassionate Service, Simplicity, Advocacy for the Poor, and Inventiveness to Infinity.  The Driver transports the meals to each client address safely within a specific route.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Driver and Runner work as a team to ensure all clients assigned to their route receive the right meal.  Team work duties include:

  • Preparation for the route—count of meals (hot, cold, beverage) and other food items (breakfast, snacks, frozen) if applicable; and route-specific items such as client residence keys, gifts from MOW, payment envelopes, and temperature kit.
  • Loading of vehicle—load the hot and cold meal containers, beverage bag, and other applicable food items.
  • Delivery of meals to the client—check route sheet for special meals and beverage before presentation to the client; complete the route within established timeframes/policy.
  • Unloading of vehicle—remove any leftover meals/beverages and place in designated containers on loading dock; ensure transport containers are returned to the right location at dock; pick up trash and organize any items such as plastic bags or pencils in vehicle.

Driver duties:  Check Route Assignment and Vehicle Assignment Sheets for the day; Pick up vehicle keys and sign out vehicle in front office; review the designated Route Sheet for new deliveries and prepare directions for new location; drive safely to each address; when it is possible to park legally, the Driver should also deliver especially when there are multiple deliveries in one building or area; prepare for the next delivery (while Runner is delivering) by checking the route sheet and closing any containers that may have been left open; temperature of test meals is taken at the end of the route.

Time Commitment: Short term (3 months or less) or long term (6 months or more) for 3-4 hours. Shifts are usually 9:30 am-1:30 pm.  You must attend an orientation prior to volunteering.

Qualifications:  Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with diverse staff and volunteers in a team environment; demonstrates a positive attitude and strong attention to detail; able to read and follow directions, road maps, and other instructions; valid California Driver’s License and clear DMV record.  Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:  The performance of duties involves working outdoors in varied weather conditions and the physical abilities to climb stairs and lift/move objects of ten pounds or more.

Benefits:  You can make a difference in the lives of 1900+ homebound seniors and vulnerable residents across Los Angeles.  Grow your skills and advocate for the poor.

How to apply/contact information:  Click here to apply online or for more information, contact Laura Medina at (213) 484-7494.