Community Connections Friendly Calling

Companions – Wellness – Resources
Providing socialization and referrals for Meals on Wheels West clients.

Living alone can be a struggle and a major stressor. In fact, 80% of Meals on Wheels West clients live alone. This has made the Wellness Check even more important to monitor physical and mental health, including social isolation, anxiety, and depression. The Wellness Check is a crucial component of our Delivering More Than a Meal program, so Meals on Wheels West is relying on our volunteers to call clients to do a virtual Wellness Check, engage in friendly conversation, and provide additional referrals and resources to partner agencies when needed.

Call 2 homebound community members on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, or an agreed upon schedule. The calls are done remotely, and volunteers are provided a script, guidelines, and a resource list to utilize for the calls. You will be calling the same 2 clients every week. Each call typically takes 5-10 minutes. Spanish and Farsi speaking volunteers are especially needed. To sign-up or for more info, please contact Margaret, the Community Connections Volunteer Manager at margaret@mealsonwheelswest.org or (310) 394-5133, extension 3.

Time Commitment: Community Connections is a relationship driven program that relies upon consistent weekly communication between you and your assigned clients.  While the length of time commitment is less than an hour weekly and the time of day can vary, you must commit to make your calls. Please let us know if you plan a vacation or need to take a break. Please inform Margaret at margaret@mealsonwheelswest.org or (310) 394-5133, extension 3.

To start the volunteering process, there are 3 simple steps:

  1. Complete the online Community Connections Volunteer application here.
  2. To complete the mandatory background check, please contact margaret@mealsonwheelswest.org or call (310) 394-5133 extension 3. The background check takes approximately 3-5 days to be completed.
  3. All Friendly Calling material will be sent via email once you sign up.

What will Community Connections Friendly Calling look like?

  • Calls will be on Tuesday between the hours of 10:30am-2pm and/or Thursday between the hours of 2-5pm or as agreed upon.
  • Each volunteer will need to complete an online background check and fill out a non-disclosure agreement to protect the privacy of Meals on Wheel West clients.
  • Each volunteer will receive guidelines & a sample script for the calls.
  • Each volunteer will receive 2 clients to call once a week.
  • Each call typically takes 5-10 minutes.

Mark Shephard from Santa Monica Rotary making his Community Connections Phone Reassurance calls to Meals on Wheels West clients.

SIGN-UP to VOLUNTEER TODAY

Contact Margaret at Margaret@mealsonwheelswest.org or 310-394-5133 x3