Volunteer FAQ

Begin by filling out the online volunteer form or email Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Cichowlas at volunteer@ymow.org.

All new volunteers must complete a one-hour volunteer orientation, held on the second Friday of each month at 2 and 5 p.m.

All potential volunteers must undergo a background check, provide proof of auto insurance and a valid driver’s license.

Volunteers drive to the YMOW offices at 1110 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, to pick up 8-10 meals stored in an easy-to-carry thermal container. You will be provided with a designated route including detailed driving and delivery instructions for each client. Once you complete your visits, return your supplies to the YMOW office.

Ride-along shifts with one of YMOW’s professional delivery drivers also are available.

  • Ordinarily, meals are delivered between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, including holidays. Beginning June 1, 2019, meal delivery will also take place on Saturdays.

As often as you would like. You can choose one day a week, one day a month, or you can ask to be called as needed.

While finding volunteers to fill delivery routes is our biggest need, there are other ways to get involved, including:

  • Support our office staff by answering phones, filing and more.
  • Help us gain financial support by writing and researching grants.
  • Take photos or video at one of our fundraising events.
  • Volunteer to help make our fundraisers successful.
  • Create and write greeting cards for the seniors. (This is a great youth project.)
  • Join a committee. (Fundraising, Finance or Communication & Marketing)
  • Serve on our Board of Directors.

Please call (734) 217-4450 or email Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Cichowlas at volunteer@ymow.org to let us know how you would like to help.

All potential YMOW volunteers must undergo a background check before serving our clients.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels serves a vulnerable population. For their protection, people with certain offenses are not  allowed to assist with our program. Those offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Violent crimes
  • Theft
  • Financial fraud
  • Elder abuse of any kind

If you have a history of any of these crimes, or others that might risk our clients’ comfort and safety, please seek other opportunities to fulfill your service hours.

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