ARLINGTON, TEXAS – The need for volunteers at Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County
is at an all-time high since 2014, and the organization is relying on the community for help. Currently, they’re desperately seeking volunteers to fill 42 open routes and start six new routes.
“This need is truly urgent. Our services provide far more than just a meal. We’re nourishing our clients’ bodies and souls. Our volunteers show up and deliver a warm and nutritious meal, provide social interaction to some of our community’s most isolated individuals and give them peace of mind with a daily safety check,” said Carla Jutson, President and CEO of Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County. “Our volunteers save lives.”
Until more volunteers can be found, current volunteers are doubling up on routes or the routes are covered by full-time employees.
“If there’s a need, we’re going to do everything in our power to meet it. However, we want to ensure we’re not causing burnout on our volunteers that are taking on more than one route. Plus, while our staff is happy to help with delivery, we need our dietitians and case managers out visiting with clients to assess their health and safety needs. Our staff is also needed in our offices to ensure operations run smoothly. Operating with such a large volunteer shortage is just not a sustainable option long-term,” said Jutson.
Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County hosts volunteer orientation twice a month at their offices at 5740 Airport Freeway in Haltom City. All volunteers are required to pass a background check, attend orientation and ride along with a veteran volunteer before taking on a route of their own. The organization also asks volunteers to make a minimum commitment of six months. With 44 distribution sites across Tarrant County, volunteers can easily pick up their meals in the area they live or work, and routes are designed to take only about one hour to complete, one day a week, Monday through Friday during the noon hour.
“Tarrant County has always been so generous. Year after year, we are overwhelmed by the amount of time and money given by our community so that we can ensure people stay healthy and happy in their own homes. We are confident they will help us meet this need as well, making 2020 our best year yet!” said Jutson.
Current open routes can be seen here
Those wishing to volunteer with Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County can sign up at mealsonwheels.org
or call 817-336-0912.
JOIN US FOR A VOLUNTEER RIDE ALONG:
- Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County Staff
- Meals On Wheels Clients
- Meals On Wheels Volunteer
Media is invited to follow along to see what a typical volunteer route looks like for Meals On Wheels of Tarrant County volunteers. A Meals On Wheels spokesperson will also be present to speak about this current volunteer shortage and answer any questions about the agency itself. Several of the clients that receive home-delivered meals will also be available for an interview.
Monday, January 6, 2020 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
North Arlington Distribution Site:
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
2100 N. Davis Dr.
Arlington, Texas 76012