Volunteers are what make Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois possible.

As a volunteer with us, you can make a big difference in your community by committing just two hours a week. Our volunteers provide nourishment not just for the body but for the soul as well. They also provide wellness checks for our clients who do not have family members to care for them. 

 
 

Meal Delivery 

Our volunteers use their own vehicles to pick up and deliver prepared meals once a week, every other week, or once a month.

Group Delivery

Volunteers in a group can adopt a route and take turns delivering meals in teams of 2 or 3 on a week- to-week basis. 

Workplace Delivery

Workplace delivery teams can deliver meals during their lunch hours, giving companies an opportunity to give back.

 
 

More Opportunities 

Though meal delivery is our main volunteer need, we welcome anyone who wants to get involved with us.

Volunteer Central 

Volunteer Central is a place for new and current volunteers to access training materials and forms.

 
 
 

As a meal delivery volunteer, you pick up prepared meals and deliver them to seniors and homebound adults in your service area. Our volunteers also provide wellness checks for many clients who don’t have a family to look after them. A friendly smile and human connection go a long way to provide nourishment for their soul as the meals nourish the body.

We are looking for volunteers in all of our service areas, including Evanston and Skokie routes, Glenbrook and Lake County.

Our meals are ready for pick up by volunteers between 10 AM and noon Monday through Saturday (times vary depending on your pick-up area). All routes take less than two hours to complete. Some of our volunteers prefer to work alone while others work as a team. All delivery drivers must be 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license and insurance for their vehicle.

Sign up today to deliver meals and smiles once a week or once a month by completing the volunteer application below. If you have questions about meal delivery, contact us.

 
 

Workplace Delivery Teams

Are you looking for a way for your organization to get more involved in the community? 

Workplace volunteer teams allow your employees to deliver meals during their lunch break. Your office can adopt a route on the same day each week or month and take turns delivering meals. We will match your group with a route close that’s close to your office.

 
 

Group Delivery Teams

Delivering meals in teams is a great way for a group to make a big impact in your community. Groups can adopt a route on the same day each week or month and take turns delivering meals.

 
 

Meal delivery is our primary volunteer need, but we also offer other ways to get involved. Below are some of the additional ways you can help Meals on Wheels.

Friendly Visits

Spend time weekly or monthly visiting or talking on the phone with one of our clients. This is a great opportunity to provide comfort to our clients who might not have anyone in their life.

Office Assistant

Support our office once a week by providing phone support for clients and volunteer delivery drivers. You’ll also have the chance to work on special projects.

One-time Volunteers

We can accommodate groups for one-time volunteer events.

Shopping Assistance

Go grocery shopping with or behalf of one of our clients.

Office Assistant

Support our office once a week by providing phone support for clients and volunteer delivery drivers. You’ll also have the chance to work on special projects.

Community Event Assistant

Represent Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois at various events in the community.

 
 

Reporting Time and Miles

We ask our volunteers to report their volunteer hours and miles driven to our local Meals on Wheels office. You can enter your hours and miles by logging in to Assisted Rides or complete a timesheet and submit it to our office. Download the timesheet here and record your hours and mileage after each delivery route you complete.

Timesheets should be submitted monthly by email to volunteercoordinator@MealsonWheelsNEI.org or by mail:

Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois
1123 Emerson, Suite 213
Evanston, IL 60201


Tax Information 

Mileage for your volunteer work can be deducted on your tax return. Mileage reports may be requested at the beginning of each year for tax purposes. Email volunteercoordinator@MealsonWheelsNEI.org to request your report. 


Assisted Rides

Our volunteers can log in to Assisted Rides to check schedules, record hours and miles and sign up for open routes. Log in to assistedrides.com with your username and password.

Need help logging in? Contact our office at 847-332-2678.


Policies and Procedures

All new and current volunteers should stay familiar with the Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois Volunteer Policies and Procedures. Review the Volunteer Policy and Procedures and return the acknowledged form on the last page.


Background Checks

We require background checks on all our staff and volunteers. These background checks are renewed annually. If you have been notified that it is time to renew your background check, you may do so by visiting verifiedvolunteers.com or completing the Background Check Renewal Form and returning it to our office.


Volunteer IDs

All current volunteers need a Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois Volunteer ID to wear while delivering meals. If you do not have one, stop in the office to have your photo taken or send in a photo to volunteercoordinator@MealsonWheelsNEI.org.

We’ll let you know when your ID is ready to pick up.