Volunteer at a dining center

Volunteer at a dining center

Volunteer at one of our 32 Portland / Vancouver area dining centers and help us change lives, one meal at a time.

Here are some of the volunteer needs:

  • Kitchen Support - Simple food prep, dish up salad, divide dessert, and serve lunch. (M-F lunchtime)
  • Dining Room Assistant - Set tables, rolls silverware, dry trays, other tasks as assigned in dining room. (M-F lunchtime)
  • Dishwasher - Maintain kitchen sanitation (M-F lunchtime)

General Responsibilities:

  • Assisting and following directions for daily food preparation from Kitchen Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Arrive at the center on time (if unable to attend, please notify center manager)
  • Report to center manager/kitchen coordinator to receive job assignment
  • Maintain high standards of personal and kitchen sanitation and safety
  • Take time to visit participants and take interest in their welfare
  • Promote a positive social environment to the center

Average Time Commitment:

  • Can vary depending upon the needs of the center

Age Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age to use any equipment 
  • Youth under age 14 must be approved by the center manager for appropriateness of task assignment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Willingness to learn policies, programs, and traditions of the center
  • Exhibit respectful and calm demeanor
  • Good manners and patience
  • Able to work well with a diverse group of individuals
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility, initiative, patience, and reliability

To Volunteer (New Volunteers Only):

  1. Create your volunteer profile on our online volunteer portal
  2. Schedule a brief on-site orientation with the Center Manager.
  3. Once you've completed the orientation, you will be asked to complete a background check.
  4. After the background check results are returned to the Center Manager, we will work with you to schedule your time with Meals on Wheels People.


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