Volunteer

Volunteer today!

Be the difference!

Valley Senior Services is only able to provide the amount of services we do throughout the region because of the help of all of our volunteers. Many volunteer opportunities exist in your county, including Meals On Wheels delivery and helping at community dining meal sites.

Prior to volunteering, a Background Check Release Form, Photo Release form and Volunteer Application will need to be completed. All forms are found in the Volunteer Application Packet below and should be filled out and emailed to our Volunteer Coordinator:

Sheena Nelson – snelson@valleyseniors.org

Volunteer Application Packet 2020

If you are looking to volunteer in Ransom/Sargent, Steele/Traill, or Richland counties please contact their direct office lines for more information on how to apply.

Social Distancing while Volunteering

We encourage all volunteers to practice social distancing during COVID-19. During this time, please follow these guidelines while volunteering:

  • No handshakes

  • No hugging

  • No visiting – ring the doorbell/knock and hand the meal to client

  • If you’ve recently travelled out of state, please call our volunteer coordinators to take you off the Meals on Wheels schedule for two weeks

  • If you’re feeling ill, please call our volunteer coordinators to take you off the Meals on Wheels schedule

  • If children are volunteering with their parents, please do not have them handle the meals

  • At this time, do not send cards, letters, crafts, flowers etc. with the meals

Volunteer with Meals On Wheels

Delivering Meals on Wheels is a simple and rewarding way to help seniors in our community who are unable to provide meals for themselves. We receive various questions about volunteering with Meals On Wheels, here are the most common FAQs:

Q: How do I sign up to become a Meals On Wheels volunteer?

A: Fill out the volunteer application and forms above or call our Volunteer Coordinators at 701-293-1440.

Q: How does a typical volunteer delivery shift work?

A: Volunteers go to their pick-up location where they receive detailed driving and delivery instructions and coolers and bags with their meals inside. There are typically 8 – 12 stops on each route. Volunteers bring the meal to each recipient’s door. Part of the fun of delivering is visiting with the seniors but it is important to keep visits brief so you can complete your route in a timely manner.

If you have concerns that your recipient may need additional help or if they are not home for their meal, please contact our office at 701-293-1440. Our staff will follow up with the recipient to make sure they are safe and well. Once the route is finished, volunteers will return the coolers and bags to the pick-up location. We try to keep the volunteers on the same route each time so they get to know the seniors they deliver to.

Q: How much time will I spend delivering meals?

A: Approximately one hour.

Q: How often will I deliver?

A: As often as you would like. Once a week, every two weeks, once or month or whenever your schedule allows. We will work with you to establish a schedule that works for you.

Q: Can I volunteer with a friend or with a workgroup?

A: Yes! Delivering meals is a great social activity that you can do alone, with a friend, or a group of coworkers. Whatever works best for you!

Q: Do I use my own vehicle?

A: Yes, volunteers drive their own vehicles.

Volunteers

Various organizations volunteer with Valley Senior Services, especially through our Meals On Wheels program. Take a look at the volunteer video below from RDO Equipment.

If you have any questions regarding volunteering in your county, please call the phone number provided for your county:

Cass County
2801 32nd Ave S
PO Box 2217
Fargo, ND 58108
Phone: 701-293-1440
Toll-free: 877-827-1916

Ransom County & Sargent County
PO Box 387
Lisbon, ND 58054
Phone: 701-683-3131
Toll-free: 877-857-3743

Steele County & Traill County
PO Box 506
Hillsboro, ND 58045
Phone: 701-636-5953
Toll-free: 800-845-1715

Richland County
520 3rd Ave S
Wahpeton, ND 58075
Phone: 701-642-3033