Walnut Creek, CA – Meals on Wheels Diablo Region (MOWDR) announced Tuesday that they have an immediate need for volunteer drivers to deliver meals in far East Contra Costa County, including the cities of Antioch, Pittsburg, Bay Point, Discovery Bay, Brentwood, Oakley and Byron.
There are 20 routes in these cities that need to be filled immediately, and both regular and relief drivers are needed. Potentially, hundreds of seniors will be impacted if these meal delivery volunteer positions remain vacant. For some homebound seniors a meal delivery from MOWDR is the only meal and human contact that they might have on a given day, so the urgency of the situation cannot be understated.
Deliveries are made between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM, Monday through Friday. A typical delivery route takes about 2 hours to complete and covers approximately 15 senior homes.
Meals are picked up between 10:00 – 10:30 AM at designated locations in East County and empty containers are returned to the same location upon completion of the route. There is also an Adopt-A-Route program which allows groups to deliver to local seniors through a rotation-based schedule – perfect for small businesses, churches, and service organizations to give back to those in need in their community.
All MOWDR volunteers go through a screening and orientation process. Regular and relief drivers are required to be licensed with a clean driving record for the past 3 years and carry automobile insurance. Other requirements include a cleared background check and the ability to lift 25 pounds and get in and out of the car up to 15 times on their route.
Meals on Wheels Diablo Region is a network of support services that helps seniors stay in their own homes. We are a full-service organization dedicated to improving all aspects of a senior’s life. We focus on whole person solutions, assessing a client’s situation and then linking them to a broad network of support services from nutrition to social interaction to fall prevention and health and wellness. Throughout, our goal is to empower older adults to live independently and with dignity in their homes for as long as possible. Across programs, MOWDR supports over 6,500 seniors throughout Contra Costa County each year. To learn more about MOWDR support services visit: mowdiabloregion.org