One of the best ways to end senior hunger is to volunteer your time at one of our many Cafes’ throughout Suburban Cook, Grundy and Kendall counties. Volunteers are the heart of our services and a great human value to the quality of what we do. We believe that those we serve deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and our volunteers are the living examples of that belief. Last year alone over 900 volunteers gave their time and talents to CNNSSA by serving and delivering meals and providing companionship to the seniors we serve.
Volunteers are the heart of our mission and a resource no amount of money can replace.
How You Can Help?
Volunteering your time to work directly with seniors who are homebound is one of the best ways to learn about senior services and help to meet the immediate needs of our seniors at the same time. For more information call the manager of any of our programs or feel free to fill out a volunteer application and they will contact you. For more general information please call 312-207-5290
Café Meal Helper: help to prepare heat and serve the lunches that the seniors will eat at the cafe that day.
Preparing Meals: A group of friends, family members, church or school groups, or neighbors join together to prepare, heat and pack the lunches that the drivers will deliver that day.
Driver/ Runner: This is our greatest need at Meals on Wheels! We are in constant need of drivers and meal runners to get our seniors their lunches during the weekdays. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage and can create their own schedule.
Front Desk: Monday through Friday- Volunteers are needed to oversee front desk duties, including answering and directing phone calls, and other light administrative duties. It's a great way to work with staff and fellow volunteers. Must be at least 18 years of age.
Committee Members: Join one of five committees as a way to get involved with Meals on Wheels operations:
Foundation Board member: Ensures the Organizations financial health and assists in the development of CNNSSA's strategic vision; includes budget monitoring & developing fundraising strategies.
Marketing & Communications: Develops and implements strategies and tools to build awareness and support of CNNSSA -Meals on Wheels through various communication channels.
Special Events: Plans and executes the site's special event fundraisers.
Volunteer: Assists in recruiting and retaining volunteers by strengthening existing relationships and developing new ones with community organizations.
Office/Church/School Collection: Collect monetary donations to help pay for the food, gas for the drivers and keeping our site open.
If you are a business owner or decision-maker, we ask you to consider joining us yourself, or, asking your employees if they would be willing to donate one lunch hour per week.
Why Become a Corporate Partner/Volunteer?
Each weekday, corporate volunteers are out in neighborhoods throughout Cook, Grundy and Kendall counties, serving meals to homebound individuals of all ages. Their visit brightens the life of each meal recipient - many of whom will not see another friendly smile all day long!
Becoming a CNNSSA Corporate Volunteer requires no special skills, takes just 90 minutes a day, and makes a real difference in the lives of others. To an employer, volunteering can enhance the organization's image in the community, boost morale and develop a sense of camaraderie among participating employees.
Cafe Dining Volunteers
Our group dining cafes' offer a wide array of volunteer opportunities. Whether you enjoy helping with food service, activities, trips, fundraising or clerical work, CNNSSA has an opportunity for you. Group Dining Volunteers can choose a day(s) to come in and help with meals and activities Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Becoming a group dining volunteer is important because:
- Volunteers have the ability to socialize with our seniors and create friendships.
- They help to provide nutritious meals and fun activities to our group diners.
Volunteers, using their own automobile, can choose a day(s) to deliver meals between Monday - Friday. Delivery time is usually 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Becoming a delivery driver is important because:
- Drivers are often the only contact our older adults have all day.
- They provide a warm smile and a caring attitude.
- They are a saftey check to help ensure our customer's well being.
- They are the eyes and ears of our organization and often alerting us to older adults additional needs.