Volunteer This Thanksgiving

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

Photo by Lawrence OP on Flickr.

Maybe you’re stuck in the city for Thanksgiving. Maybe you’re on a diet. Maybe you’re not such a big fan of your in-laws… or maybe you just need a reminder to be grateful before this upcoming Thursday.

Whatever the case, I can think of hundreds of reasons to volunteer this Thanksgiving. Keep reading to learn how you can spread a little thanks this holiday.

Volunteer This Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Delivery at Community Servings

Want to make sure that everyone has a delicious Thanksgiving, regardless of their ability to prepare it? Sign up to help Community Servings deliver meals to people who are sick and homebound on Wednesday, November 25th.

All you need is your own vehicle and a buddy to bring along. Volunteers will complete an orientation, then split up and head out to Greater Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop.

Shifts are from 9am-12pm, 10am-1pm, and 11am-2pm. Click here to get more information and express your interest.

Volunteer on Thanksgiving for Pies!

Community Servings has a ton of opportunities for those who would like to get involved in the pie process! You can help bake and package, set up and sort, or pick up and deliver.

These opportunities are taking place Saturday, November 21st through 25th, so anyone can find time in their schedule to help. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

Volunteers at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Photo courtesy of Merrimack College.

Volunteer for Greater Boston Food Bank

According to their website, more than 120,000 turkeys will pass through the Greater Boston Food Bank this Thanksgiving. Their annual Holiday Meal Drive will ensure that more than 500,000 holiday meals will end up on the tables of families in need.

Click here to see how you can get involved on your own or with your family, school, friends, or business.

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly

Sign up to volunteer for Little Brothers Boston to make Thanksgiving special for our community’s elderly. Participate in set up, meal delivery, or a Thanksgiving luncheon served to 100 elders.

Little Brothers Boston has many other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Click here to learn how you can get involved.

Friends of Boston’s Homeless

It’s certainly hard to walk by a homeless person on the street when you have no idea how to help. With the Friends of Boston’s Homeless, you can help with drives for clothing, food, and other necessities; create housewarming baskets for those who are making the transition out of homelessness; or serve a meal at Woods Mullen Shelter.

This is only a small sampling of ways that you can help Boston’s homeless. Click here to figure out the best way for you to lend a hand.

Volunteer this Thanksgiving

An American Red Cross donation truck. Photo by Wolfram Burner.

Donate Blood for the Red Cross

As we head into the holiday season, we are entering another busy season for the American Red Cross. Blood donations are greatly needed, so start loading up on your iron and click here to find out how you can donate or help!

Thanksgiving is all about lending a hand and taking the time to be grateful.  Volunteering can be a great way to spread joy and bond with your loved ones.  Opportunities are everywhere, so make sure to get involved this November!

– Elise Grenier, Content Editor