When they say it takes a village, they weren’t lying. In addition to our 500 plus yearly volunteers, we also have community Adopt-A-Route partners. What is an Adopt-A-Route partner, you ask? Our AAR partners are local businesses, organizations and groups that deliver a route together. In other words, why go alone when you can bring a friend (or coworker or teammate)?
Some of our AAR partners include the Tampa Bay Lighting, TECO Energy, Police Athletic League, Reeves Subaru, various USF student groups, lawyer’s offices, schools, banks and credit unions, women’s clubs, men’s clubs, churches, and more. Talk about #communityovercompetition! One of our favorite things is the diversity of our AAR partners, all of whom help to strengthen this community we call home.
The way the AAR partnership works is the organization, business, or group agrees to deliver a route. For example, the Tampa Bay Lighting admin team delivers a route in North Hyde Park every Friday. Brew Bus Brewing delivers a route in Seminole Heights every other Wednesday. The Bank of Tampa has five branches and each branch delivers on the days that work best for them. We have teachers and administrators from St. Lawrence Catholic School and Jesuit delivering meals also.
Meals On Wheels delivers all over Tampa, so finding a route close to your office is super easy. Some benefits of volunteering during the workday includes it breaks up the week and the day and can provide a physical and mental break that allows you to return to work refreshed and re-inspired. It’s also a great way to bring visibility to your organization within your neighborhood.
By sponsoring teams of employees as Adopt-A-Route volunteer drivers, you can make a huge difference in a critical area of need! Your company will become a valuable partner in addressing this large community need.
- Designate an AAR leader to coordinate scheduling. We will work with teams to choose a route, pick up site closest to their location, day (Monday -Friday) and frequency (once a week, once every other week or once a month) to deliver.
- Engage teams of two for each day your team delivers.
- Set up an orientation session. A MOW rep will provide one at your site or at our office.
Don’t have the capacity to commit to delivering a route? Let us customize a volunteer experience for your team! Volunteering for Meals On Wheels is a great way to give back to your community. Volunteering encourages team work and can be a great way to improve communications across departments and between employees and supervisors. Let us know how we can customize a volunteer experience that will fit the needs, goals, and schedule of your team.
If your organization or business is interested in volunteering, please contact Shana Taylor-Page at S.TaylorPage@MOWTampa.org or call us at (813) 238-8410.