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Houston, Let’s do lunch! The Meals on Wheels program at IM is the largest such program in Texas, serving about 4,000 homebound seniors and persons with disabilities each day. Our clients are unable to prepare their own meals and have no one else to help with their daily nutrition, making their Meals on Wheels delivery absolutely essential. Get involved in this important work by helping with one or more of the following opportunities:

  • Meal Delivery: Volunteers pick-up hot, nutritious meals during lunchtime (Monday – Friday) and hand-deliver them directly to the homes of seniors and persons with disabilities. Pick up times are between 10:30-11am from of one of five Interfaith Ministries distribution sites. Deliveries typically take about 1-1.5 hours to complete.
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Coordinate meal distribution for volunteer drivers at an assigned distribution site. Volunteer Coordinator shifts are Monday-Friday from 9am-Noon.
  • Warehouse Crew: Work with warehouse staff and volunteers to organize and pack meal components including hot meals, sides, and beverages to be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients. Shifts are Monday-Friday from 8am-11am. This opportunity is only available at our Midtown location.

FAQ:
Where do you need Meals on Wheels volunteers?
Volunteers can pick up meals at one of 5 sites:

  • Meals on Wheels Midtown (3202 San Jacinto Street Houston, Texas 77004)
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the Heights
  • Humble Area Assistance Ministries in Humble
  • Covenant Lutheran Church in Katy
  • Katy Methodist Church in Katy
  • Galveston County location(s) (coming soon!)

Do I need any supplies for this opportunity?
Meals on Wheels Delivery volunteers use their own vehicle for deliveries. Two small coolers are also needed for Meals on Wheels deliveries (1 for cold food items, and 1 for hot food items). Reusable insulated grocery bags are offered for daily use to volunteers by IM, or volunteers may choose to bring their own coolers.

aniMeals on Wheels began after concerned volunteers realized that Meals on Wheels seniors were sharing their limited food supply with their pets. To help our Meals on Wheels clients better care for themselves and their pets, aniMeals on Wheels delivers pet food to supplement the feeding of their hungry cats and dogs. Get involved in this unique program by helping with one or more of the following opportunities:

  • aniMeals on Wheels Delivery Driver: Once a month help to deliver aniMeals pet food to Meals on Wheels clients.
  • aniMeals on Wheels Donation Pickup Driver: Support the aniMeals on Wheels program by picking up pet food and supply donations from designated vendors, on a route designed by aniMeals on Wheels staff.

FAQs
When do you need volunteers?
The aniMeals on Wheels Delivery and Pickup routes are perfect for someone in need of a flexible volunteer opportunity. IM offers a number of convenient weekday and Saturday time slots for volunteers to make their pet food deliveries or donation pickups.

Where do you need volunteers?
aniMeals on Wheels routes typically have 4-6 stops that are located close together. Currently, there are routes throughout our entire service area including Harris County and Galveston County. Volunteers are assigned to routes as they become available. We cannot guarantee that a route will always be available in your preferred neighborhood but we work with each volunteer to find a route with which they are comfortable.

Is this opportunity Family Friendly?
Absolutely! Take it from two very dedicated aniMeals on Wheels volunteers:

  • “I am proud to volunteer for AniMeals because I love animals and the people who take care of them. When I deliver pet food to the people on our route, I feel really good. I recommend this for everyone!”
    Quinn, age 10
  • “I love volunteering for AniMeals because the work I do makes people’s lives easier and it makes me happy to know I can make a difference in someone’s life.”
    Sophie, age 13

At Meals on Wheels, one of our aims is to help clients remain safely in their homes for as long as possible. Unfortunately, some clients lack the ability to complete everyday chores. Volunteers who participate in Chore Corps help Meals on Wheels clients maintain their independence and help combat isolation.

  • Chore Corps Volunteer: Volunteers sign up for the available chore(s) of their choice. Volunteers may choose to sign up for multiple chores, sign up for different chores each week, or sign up for the same chore(s) consistently. Volunteers are required to complete at least 1 chore/month to remain active in the program. Chores include:
    •  Dishes/kitchen help
    •  Laundry (washing, drying, folding and putting away)
    •  Yard work (mowing, weeding, light gardening)
    •  “grocery shopping” (collecting grocery items from designated food pantry)

FAQs:
When do you need volunteers?
Chore Corps is perfect for someone in need of a flexible volunteer opportunity. Chores can be completed in the evenings or on weekends as long as it is convenient for both client and volunteer.

Where do you need volunteers?
Currently, Chore Corps is limited to clients within the 610 loop. Volunteers may sign up for chores based on client’s zip code.

Do I need any supplies for this opportunity?
Certain Chores may require tools to complete them; for example, clients may not have a working lawn mower, in which case a volunteer is permitted to use his or her own. Volunteers are notified about supply/tool needs prior to signing up for that chore.

Interfaith Ministries takes great pride in serving the diverse refugee community in the Greater Houston area. We have a number of volunteer opportunities directed at helping to welcome and resettle newly arrived refugee families and individuals.

  • Family Mentor: Volunteers are assigned to a refugee family or client with the purpose of serving as cultural mentors. The number of volunteers assigned to a family may vary depending on size and circumstance. Activities may include exploring the city, practicing English, and teaching clients about public transportation – anything that involves sharing local culture and customs as clients acclimate to their new lives in Houston. Time commitment: 1-2 hours every week or every other week for approximately 6 months.
  • Employment Mentor: Volunteers will work with a specific client to assist with resume writing, practicing interview techniques, discussing US culture, helping fill out and submit job applications, and if available, transporting the client to and from the job interviews. Time commitment: 2-3 hours weekly or bi-weekly, until the client is hired.
  • Case Management: Volunteers assist with the ongoing needs of refugee clients & caseworkers – airport pick-ups, school registrations, transportation to and from DPS and Social Security offices and other assignments as needed. Volunteer opportunities often occur on short notice. Time commitment: requires schedule flexibility as many of the activities where help is needed the most occur during business hours.
  • Medical Case Management: Volunteers work closely with medical case managers to assist clients regularly attending health-related appointments. Activities may include transporting the client to and from appointments, accompany clients during clinic visits, translating, demonstrating how to fill a prescription at a nearby pharmacy, etc. A medical, health or social work background is an asset for this position. Proficiency in relevant languages (Arabic, Farsi/Pashto, and Swahili) is especially advantageous for this position. Time commitment: requires schedule flexibility as many of the activities where help is needed the most occur during business hours.
  • Special Events/ Projects: Volunteers assist Refugee Services staff with special events and projects throughout the year. Some of the events include the annual scholarship luncheon, Women’s Group, our annual fundraising luncheon, storage unit clean up, etc. Time commitment: some events and projects take place during the day and some after work hours or on weekend.
  • Translators: Volunteers assist clients, caseworkers or other volunteers and community members with translation either in person or by phone. Language needs are diverse but we have recently utilized Arabic and Swahili translators. Time commitment: depends on the need, during the regular business hours as well as events and weekends.

FAQs
Do I need any special skills or training for these opportunities?
You may think that you need to speak multiple languages or have previous experience to be a volunteer in Refugee Services. This is not the case at all! We just ask that volunteers are patient, flexible, and reliable. In fact, we prefer to partner refugees with volunteers who do not speak their native language in order for refugees to practice English.

Where do you need volunteers?
Most of our refugees are resettled in the Southwest area of Houston, a global community that is also convenient for our Refugee Case Managers to travel to. Since most of our refugees do not have vehicles, our volunteer opportunities are limited to the refugee’s residence or our IM headquarters located at 3303 Main Street Houston, Texas 77002.

When do you need volunteers?
Since most of our Refugee Services volunteer opportunities involve working one-on-one with the client(s), volunteer shifts may vary. Many of our Refugees who have found work will need to meet in the evenings or weekends, while some may be available during the day.

Is this opportunity Family Friendly?
Individual Refugee Services Volunteers must be 21 years of age. Some of our opportunities may be appropriate for a family to participate in. Because our Refugee Services volunteer opportunities are not for everyone, individual interviews are scheduled prior to training and volunteer placement

For the volunteer looking to use their skills to help behind the scenes look no further:

  • Special Events Volunteer: IM holds large and small events throughout the year to help raise funds to support our programs, spread awareness or recruit new volunteers. Special event volunteers may help by setting up an IM fundraiser, going to a fair, or representing IM at a recruitment event.  Special events may be weekday, weekend or evenings.
  • Administrative Team: Volunteers help with miscellaneous administrative tasks, such as filing, data entry, and answering phone calls. Larger projects may also be available. Administrative opportunities are available throughout IM. Opportunities are available weekdays from 8am-5pm and Saturday Mornings.
  • Group Supervisor: Are you a natural leader?  Are you a coach/teacher? Take on a leadership role by providing training and supervision to onsite groups.  Opportunities to lead groups, from large corporations to small local chapters, faith based or youth, occur on weekdays from 8am-5pm and Saturday Mornings.

FAQs
Do I need any special skills or training for these opportunities?
As with all of our volunteer opportunities, training is required and provided by IM staff but you don’t need any previous experience or special expertise to help with these projects. For each of these opportunities you’ll have a one-on-one meeting with a staff member to determine the best fit.

Where do you need volunteers?
Administrative Team & Group Supervisors volunteer exclusively at W. T. and Louise J. Moran Meals on Wheels Building, 3202 San Jacinto Street, 77004.  While Special Events Volunteers are usually assigned to events that take place at various locations.

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For more information, you can reach us at volunteerinfo@imgh.org