Meals on Wheels Riverside is seeking volunteers to assist with the organization’s western routes in the Corona area.
Recently, eight volunteers resigned within one week, creating an urgent need for more volunteers, according to a news release.
“We have a robust team of volunteers, and Riverside Meals on Wheels thrives because of these dedicated people,” Judy Teunissen, president of the organization’s board, said in the news release. “Similar to other nonprofit organizations, we’ll lose a volunteer here and there, but to lose eight in such a short period is unique.”
The biggest need for volunteers is in the Corona area, according to Allison Glover, Meals on Wheels Riverside’s volunteer coordinator.
Those who are interested in volunteering may contact Glover at 951-683-7151.
Meals on Wheels volunteers need to have their own vehicles to transport meals, and there is a short orientation, usually one ride-along with an experienced volunteer.
Meals on Wheels Riverside coordinates 14 routes, providing prepared hot meals to seniors and homebound people in Riverside, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and portions of Corona and Norco.
The organization delivers more than 100 meals daily and has a network of about 140 volunteers driving a total of more than 5,600 miles a month. In 2021, Meals on Wheels Riverside volunteers drove more than 110,300 miles delivering meals.
Meals on Wheels Riverside started in Riverside in the 1960s when members of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Riverside prepared meals for homebound residents. The nonprofit was officially established in 1972 and the church remains the home base for operations, which are handled by one part-time employee, Allison Glover.
For information, go to riversidemow.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 951-683-7151, ext.102.