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Join our family of volunteers preparing, serving and delivering nutritious meals to our vulnerable Boulder neighbors.

Make a difference and change the world — right here at home

Meals on Wheels of Boulder has been delivering meals to our Boulder neighbors since 1969.  We are a local non-profit that makes life a little easier for people who want to live independently but have trouble preparing their own meals.

We have many volunteer opportunities! Whether you can give two hours or ten hours a week, we need you!

Join our team, volunteer today and help keep the wheels turning!

Note:  You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer in the kitchen and 21 or over to be a delivery driver.

Volunteer Opportunities

Route Drivers and Substitute Drivers

Deliver a nutritious, delicious meal and a warm “hello” to those who are unable to leave their homes. Each route is an average of 8 stops and takes about 1.5 to 2 hours (11am to 12:30pm). Substitutes are on a call list for any of the routes when a regular driver is unavailable.  Note: You must be 21 or over to be a delivery driver.

Early Morning Food Preparation

Assemble individual “sides” (salad, dessert, fruit, etc.) and sacks for 1 1/2 -2 hours once a week, 7:30am – 9:30am in our kitchen. Note: You must be 18 or over to volunteer in the kitchen.

Mid-Morning Packers

Place the pre-assembled bags and hot meals into “route sacks” for about 2 hours one morning a week, 9:45am – 11:30am. Note: You must be 18 or over to volunteer in the kitchen.

Lunch Servers in Café Classico

Our Café Classico in the West Senior Center (909 Arapahoe Avenue) serves 30 or more guests, buffet style, each weekday.  Servers are needed from 11:15am to 12:45pm each weekday. Note: You must be 18 or over to volunteer in the kitchen.

Tuesday Night Dinner Helpers in Café Classico

We serve a special dinner to 30 -50 guests every Tuesday evening in Café Classico in the West Senior Center (909 Arapahoe Avenue).  Dinner volunteers act as host/hostess, serve beverages, help guest with trays, assist in set-up and clean-up and other activities as needed from 4:30pm – 7:00pm.

Lunchtime Cashiers in Café Classico

Our Café Classico in the West Senior Center (909 Arapahoe Avenue) serves 50 or more guests for lunch.  Cashiers are needed from 11:30am – 12:30pm each weekday. Note: You must be 18 or over to volunteer in the kitchen.

Cook Assistants and Trainees

If you have an interest in cooking or baking or helping with food preparation, please contact us.  Hours are generally between 7am and 1pm weekdays. Note: You must be 18 or over to volunteer in the kitchen.

Office Volunteers

Assist with lunch sack preparation, help with mailings, make phone calls and more, depending on interest and skills.

Event Volunteers

Help plan and implement a third party fundraiser at a local business where you are connected or help us with a Meals on Wheels of Boulder fundraiser.

Volunteer Spotlight

Duncan Ryan – Third generation MOW driver

Duncan’s grandmother was from Valparaiso, Indiana and drove a rural route for Meals on Wheels.

Duncan’s mom moved to Vermont in 1991 and decided to drive her own route in Bennington County.  This was also a rural route totaling 30-40 miles and taking her about 2 hours each time to deliver all the meals.

Duncan now lives in Boulder and wanted to continue this important tradition. He works for Sovrn, an advertising technology and publisher services company that helps publishers monetize their content and make a living by pursuing their passions.

Duncan has organized a team of 6 Sovrn drivers that rotate each week to drive a route for Meals on Wheels of Boulder.

Duncan particularly loves connecting with the clients, and loves getting to know them and especially their dogs (shout out to Clive!). He recently delivered lunch to a gentleman who was celebrating his 90th birthday, and delivered a bouquet of flowers, generously donated by the Boulder Garden Club, to commemorate the event. A kind visit and a nutritious meal are what taking care of our neighbors is all about.

Thank you to Duncan, his family, Sovrn, and all those that support our vulnerable neighbors in Boulder.  You all make such a difference.

“There are no words adequate enough to express my gratitude.  You (MOW) saved me & fed me when I couldn’t afford it.  I couldn’t have gotten through this past year without you!” – Marilyn