Organizations, Groups and Families
When we volunteer together, we build a sense of teamwork and togetherness within a group and gain better communication between everyone involved. The bonds that can be formed from volunteering together can improve a workplace environment or group dynamic, fostering stronger relationships and positive self-image.
When our young people volunteer, they gain a range of benefits, from self-esteem to social responsibility. Volunteering helps to expose the youth to populations they might not usually interact with in their day-to-day lives. Not only can they gain communication and critical thinking skills, but they can also develop a love for giving back. It also looks fantastic on a college application or resume!
Thank you for your interest in exploring volunteering options with Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland. Our ability to meet the needs of those we serve is only possible through the dedication and support of our invaluable volunteers and community. We welcome youth and families, groups, organizations and businesses to volunteer with us. Examples of the types of groups we have worked with include Schools, Churches, Rotaries, Real Estate Agencies, Restaurants and Large Corporations.
Groups can arrange to volunteer with us for half-day, full-day or on a regular bases depending on your needs.
On-Site Opportunities for Groups Include:
- Special projects - such as painting one of the senior center rooms
- Homebound Meal Delivery - travel in pairs to deliver meals to local homebound residents
- Group Activities with our Seniors - share your group's idea for fun activities to lead at our local centers
- Visiting with Seniors - spend time with our seniors at our local centers
- Commissary Assistance - help with meal preparation in our commissary
- Adopt-A-Route - deliver meals on a regular basis such as weekly or monthly
Delivering meals as a family can be a very rewarding experience. Our clients love receiving visits from young people and family deliveries are particularly special to them. Youth see first-hand the impact that their volunteerism has on those who benefit from their service. Home Delivered Meals routes take approximately one hour to complete and are done using your personal vehicle. Delivery takes place Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30am-12:30pm, Holidays included.
Commissary Volunteers may serve in our kitchen Monday through Friday between the hours of 7-11am or 11am-3pm. Those aged 12 and up may help in our commissary with tasks including packaging meals, cooler cleaning and kitchen cleaning. For more information, call 845-624-6325 ext. 120 or [click here]
Miles of Smiles
Did you know poor oral health affects the whole body? Bacteria buildup on teeth and gums can cause multiple complications such as pneumonia, stroke, heart disease and more. Help us keep our participants smiling brightly by creating handy bags with all one needs to guarantee a healthy mouth. MUST USE Miles of Smiles instructions to complete.
This emergency food program ensures that the agency's homebound recipients have a sufficient supply of non-perishable food items in case of weather related or other emergencies. Donated shelf-stable food items are collected and packed into wrapped shoe boxes as complete meals. MUST USE Pantry Box instructions to complete. Boxes that do not adhere to instructions cannot be accepted.
Caring Cards and Crafts
Many of us look forward to celebrating Holidays with the ones we love, but for others, it can be very lonesome. Holidays of any kind can lead to extra heartache for those who may have lost somebody close to them. You can partner with Meals on Wheels to make cards for seniors to help brighten their day. Caring Cards & Crafts is a great project for students, teachers, youth groups and families.The cards & crafts are simple, handmade cutouts, but the thought and meaning behind each one is so much greater. The cards are filled with love, good wishes and even poetry.
A milestone birthday for a senior is a really big deal. We could use your help to make it extra special. This box goes to recipients who are celebrating a landmark birthday, the more volunteers can make, the more Seniors that can be celebrated.
Box of Sunshine
Getting a box of thoughtful gifts and treats out of the blue will always brighten our home delivered meal recipients day. This is a volunteer opportunity greatg for individuals or groups to prepare a wonderful surprise for homebound Seniors.