Volunteers are Still the Heart of Open Hand
Perhaps our greatest strength is the constant support of thousands of volunteers. At Open Hand, people from all walks of life come together to touch the lives of thousands of others who are not as fortunate. Our volunteers are generally surprised at how much fun they have in the process—due in part to our wonderful food service and distribution staff that, along with other remarkable volunteers, make them feel as though they are always among friends.
Open Hand volunteers package meals, drive meal delivery routes, work with our senior health and wellness programs, and serve in leadership positions. Without the dedication of each and every one of these incredible people, we simply could not do our very necessary work in our community.
We invite you—or a group from your place of business, your social group, your school or your place of worship—to volunteer with us. You’ll find that it’s a thoroughly unique and rewarding experience.
|In the Kitchen
|Individuals or Groups of 5-20
||Monday - Thursday
|In the Community
Groups of 2-3
(No Sunday deliveries)
New drivers begin at 10am
Returning drivers may arrive any time between 9am-10:00am
|In Neighborhood Senior or Youth Centers
||Assist w/ Health & Wellness Programs
||Individuals w/ specific skillsets
|At Open Hand
||Individuals w/ specific skillsets
||Monday - Friday
Any length of time between 9am-4pm
||Special Events Support
||Individuals or Groups of 5-10
Our kitchen is the Grand Central of Open Hand. As you would imagine, with nearly 5,500 meals to prepare, package and deliver every day, the atmosphere is electric. But it's not all work -- the music is always on, and the friendly banter among new friends never ceases. It all makes for a very memorable and rewarding experience.
Packing involves portioning food into individual containers and snack bags on our packing assembly line. This is a great project for individuals and families, and a great team-building exercise for school, business and church groups!
You must be at least 9 years of age or older to volunteer in our kitchen. Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. The starting age for group volunteers is age 14, so long as they are accompanied by one adult for every 7 children.
For the safety of our clients and our volunteers, the dress and health codes will be strictly enforced
Our drivers are a critical part of the service we provide to the community, since a majority of our clients are homebound. In fact, our volunteer driver is quite often the only person a client may see on any given day. But as much as that meal and that simple moment shared means to each client, it means just as much to each volunteer. We have some volunteers who have been driving a route for 10 years or more and others who drive every so often...but for every one of them, seeing a client smile is something very personal and rewarding.
When you drive, you will use your own vehicle and gas, and we will provide you with extremely detailed driving directions. You will deliver meals within the metro Atlanta area...and we can work with you to find a route that you are most comfortable with. The longest you will drive at one time is from Open Hand to the first stop and from the last stop back to Open Hand. All stops in between are routed so that they are approximately 1-2 minutes away from each other.
What to wear: Although there is no strict dress code for delivery, please, remember that you are representing Open Hand to our clients and the community.
Arrival Time: New drivers should report to Open Hand at 10am for a 30 minute training. You will begin delivering immediately after your training. Returning volunteers may arrive between 9-10:30am to pick up their route.
What to bring: Please bring an ink pen for taking notes, and a cell phone. If you have a GPS it is recommended that you bring it, although it is not required as we provide thorough turn-by-turn directions to each client’s home.