Giving back to the community
Just as society is constantly changing, so is the profile of Meals on Wheels. A snapshot of the volunteers, clients and friends of Meals on Wheels reflects how we as an organisation are responding to the differing needs of society, and defining our role as one of responsiveness and innovation throughout Australian communities.
The amazing support of our generous 15,000 volunteers across QLD who offer a few hours a week or even just once a month, give frail older people and younger people with disabilities and their carers the ultimate gift - the ability to live in their own homes where most are happiest and maintain a degree of independence and dignity.
While many retirees are active in our formidable volunteer family - and ‘family’ is what it becomes - the face of volunteering is as diverse as our clients. We have teenagers keen to do something for others, families who enjoy the focus of sharing a meaningful activity together, and business people who realise there is life outside the office.
Helping enhance lives is what it’s all about. While on the surface, it may appear our clients are the ones who gain most from the service, it is clear from volunteer feedback, that they gain a great deal of satisfaction from their involvement.
How to get involved
Volunteers may fill many roles from being drivers, delivering meals into people’s homes, assisting in community kitchens or in transportation of clients to a community centre to enjoy a meal along with other social activities. Others may be able to provide office skills helping set up databases, writing newsletters or preparing promotional flyers for events. The possibilities are endless. No matter what an individual can offer, every bit of help adds up to a happier and healthier community.
Contact us on 1300 90 97 90, submit an online volunteer enquiry, or get in touch with your local Meals on Wheels service - to see how helping hands and a big heart can make life a little brighter for a lot of people.