Frequently Asked Questions
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
What do Meals on Wheels volunteers do?
Volunteers deliver hot, noon meals weekdays to homebound people age 60 years and better. Routes of 8-12 deliveries exist in all parts of the city. Volunteers use their own vehicles, pick up their meals in an agency-provided thermal carrier and then deliver them. Volunteers do much more than just deliver meals: they provide security and a moment of companionship for many homebound people who otherwise might not see another human being all day.
Who are Meals on Wheels volunteers?
Drivers come from all walks of life: they are retirees, high school students, business people, stay-at-home parents, and couples, members of church groups, civic groups and corporations. They all share a common desire to contribute to the community and to help make people’s lives easier.
How much time does it take?
It takes around one hour to deliver a route. You can deliver daily, weekly, monthly or ask to be a substitute driver to be called on when needed.
What qualifications must I have?
You must meet the following qualifications:
- Have a valid Kansas driver’s license.
- Sign a criminal background affidavit.
- Sign a memorandum of understanding regarding agency policies.
- Use a personal vehicle.
How do I apply?
Call the Meals on Wheels Volunteer Coordinators at 267-0122 or fill out a form.
Senior Center Volunteers
What do Senior Center volunteers do?
Volunteers can teach classes, work in the office, assist in organizing events and parties or help in any number of other ways.
How do I apply?
Stop in at a senior center or call the center director.
- Downtown Senior Center | 267-0197 – Carolyn Earnest
- Linwood Senior Center | 263-3703 – Cherise Langenberg
- Northeast Senior Center | 269-4444 – Carnesha Tucker
- Orchard Park Senior Center | 942-2293 – Diane Nutt
Roving Pantry Volunteers
What do Roving Pantry volunteers do?
Volunteers with the Pantry are people who love to get a jump start on their day! The early bird volunteers meet the Roving Pantry staff at Dillons at Hillside and Douglas at 5:00am. Volunteers’ shops for groceries in the store, many choose to assist in the deliveries as well. The morning ends typically between 9:30am – 10:30am. For those who like to sleep in volunteers are always needed to help take orders over the phone at the administration offices located at 200 South Walnut.
How do I apply?
Call Roving Pantry Mon – Fri 8:00am – 1:00pm at 267-4378
Senior Employment Volunteers
What do Senior Employment volunteers do?
Volunteers in the employment program office assist with office support such as filing, answering phone calls and assisting jobseekers. Volunteers are also active in planning the annual spring and fall job fairs.
How do I apply?
Call Senior Employment at 267-1771.
How can I help?
Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita is a not-for-profit, private charity. Partial funding for programs and services is provided by federal, state and local government as well as the United Way of the Plains. Our funding partners provide important support to help Senior Services fulfill its mission but these sources do not cover one hundred percent of our annual budget. While the needs of seniors continues to grow in our community our funding from federal, state and local sources does not. We must depend on people throughout the community to help us maintain and expand the many programs we offer to help keep our friends, neighbors and family secure, healthy and in their own homes. In fact, we depend on private donations for nearly 30% of our operating budget. Many seniors – especially those who are homebound – have large medical and/or pharmaceutical expenses and therefore have little left to contribute toward the services that they need and use. Your help can go a long way.
Consider these facts:
- $37 provides Meals on Wheels for one person for one week
- $148 provides Meals on Wheels for one person for one month.
- $1900 provides Meals on Wheels for one person for an entire year.
- $50 provides 2 weeks of Roving Pantry grocery delivery to one senior.
- The cost for one nursing home placement in an approved Medicaid facility costs the tax paying public $40,000 per year – per placement.
There are other ways your money works to keep seniors active, healthy and living in their own homes.
- $200 provides job development services to find one person a new job.
- $600 provides thirty hours of respite for the caregiver of a homebound person
- $100 provides a senior 12 months of programs and events at a senior center.
You can also support the work of Senior Services by giving your last gift from your estate or trust. Click here to open our fundraising brochure and learn about the many ways a planned gift can benefit both you and Senior Services.
Our senior loved ones took care of us, so will you please help you take care of them?