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Drivers Wanted!

07.03.2012

Martha’s Table sends two “McKenna’s Wagons”, our volunteer run street food distribution program, into the community 365 days a year – and we are in need of reliable volunteer drivers!  Drivers who go through our training process have the opportunity to serve as team leaders of 3-4 volunteers, and they are the crux of our most well known food program, McKenna’s  Wagon. Email Volunteer Program Assistant Kate Rice today if you are interested in training and serving as a volunteer driver or back-up driver: krice@marthastable.org. Shifts are from 4:45pm – 6:45pm.

What do our current driver volunteers have to say?

“I actually look forward to my driving days for two major reasons: The crews – always interesting and always different. And the homeless – they have their stories too and are always grateful and helpful. Altogether, it’s a very rewarding experience!”

~ Carole Lewis Anderson

“After researching places, I was struck by the fact that McKenna’s Wagon was the only service of its kind in DC that went out every day to take food to the needy. It was 10 minutes from my office and fit perfectly into what I was looking for.  After doing the driver training and experiencing serving on the vans, I was hooked.”

~ Fred Leamnson on becoming a driver.

What will I be doing?
You will be driving a 15-foot van and directing a team of 3-4 volunteer helpers. McKenna’s Wagon drives to three pre-established locations and serve bagged lunches, hot meals, juice, and water. Drivers park and help unload the vans upon return. Most importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to provide food and water to people in need.

What are the requirements?
You must be 21 or over, have a valid drivers license (no special license required), and be able to commit to volunteering for 6 months. Ideally you will be willing to serve once per month as a driver or back-up driver, which means you commit to volunteering as a helper on another driver’s team, but you are ready and able to step in to drive if needed. It’s essential that each van go out each day, as hungry folks expect us and wait for us – so reliability and punctuality are essential.

How long does training take?
Drivers train four times on each of two routes, as a helper the first three times and a shadowed driver the last time.  By then you should be comfortable enough with the process to lead a team of volunteers and act as a crew leader for the shift.  Of course, you can have additional training shifts if you like.

Email Volunteer Program Assistant Kate Rice today if you are interested in training and serving as a volunteer driver or back-up driver: krice@marthastable.org. Shifts are from 4:45pm – 6:45pm.