Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

1110 W Cross St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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Our mission Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals, social contact and other services to the homebound elderly, ill and disabled in eastern Washtenaw County, to enable them to enjoy healthier, safer, and more independent lives.

Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels

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Join a Committee

Do you have a way with words? Do balanced budgets give you goosebumps? Or maybe you’re the social type, always ready to plan your next party. No matter your interests, talents or skill set, there’s a place for you on the Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels team. Our three volunteer committees offer support to YMOW staff in a wide variety of ways. Committee meetings are held several times a year, with opportunities throughout the year to help further YMOW’s mission.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor
  • None, On-site, Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Only A Ring Away friendly callers

Help ensure the safety of our clients and fight isolation as an Only a Ring Away friendly caller. Weekly wellness calls keep clients connected to YMOW resources and give them a chance to chat with someone who cares.
  • Weekly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Blanket party

Gather your favorite people for a party that will leave others feeling warm and fuzzy. Groups can enjoy one another’s company while knitting, crocheting or tying fabric into colorful, warm blankets for our seniors. Instructional videos are available.
  • One-time, Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Deliver Meals

The caring individuals who deliver meals are at the heart of what we do at Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. For many of our clients, a volunteer is the only person they see all day. For some, their favorite part of our program is seeing the smiling faces of the volunteers and taking a few minutes to visit. Opportunities are available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and on holidays. All volunteers will be assigned to their own mini routes. Volunteers can participate on a regular basis that meets your schedule, or you can ask to be called when needed. Background check required.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays
How you help More than 200 volunteers donate over 1,200 hours annually to help YMOW fulfill its mission to deliver nutritious food and friendly companionship to its homebound neighbors.
About us Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels was a program idea that originated from the city of Ypsilanti’s Mayor’s Council on Aging. Meal service began on January 14, 1974 to 16 homebound individuals. As time passed and the demand grew, Ypsilanti meals on Wheels purchased vans and equipped them with refrigerators and microwave ovens. Today, Ypsilanti meals on Wheels owns four vans and delivers approximately 200 hot meals each day, Monday through Friday. Along the way YMOW added services to help seniors age in their homes, including pet food delivery through a partnership with Huron Valley Humane Society, minor home repairs, a personal care pantry, weekly produce deliveries, case management, and CAPABLE - a program to help local seniors live more safely in the comfort of their own home.
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