Volunteer Opportunities Thanksgiving

Does anyone have any sugestions for volunteer opportunities on Thanksgiving, my husband and I would like to give back this year? LA or OC…we live close to both.

call any food bank and/or rescue mission. they have volunteer outreach folks you can talk to.

rachele…i have to date…one on thanksgiving day at the park in apsadena,…also were going to do an after tahnksgiving bbq on that sat at the same park…that is part of montrose church

pm me and i can find out more detailed info

Here’s the link about volunteering at the Fred Jordan Mission in LA:

https://fjm.org/ways_to_serve/7_ways_to_help/volunteer.html

Most local Catholic churches have “adopt-a-family” or “adopt-senior-citizen” program. You just get some general info on the people and put together gift baskets for them. This is just a recommendation for someone who wants to help but may not be able to participate when food pantries and mission dinners are being held.

I used to do a Gospel Brunch service at the House of Blues in LA every year. It was SO much fun. It is open to poor families that cannot afford the meals, runaway teens, whoever finds their way there… It is a blast because they get to sit down, watch a show and enjoy a good meal while being waited on. I spend 6 Thanksgivings doing that… but now my family needs me to cook.

why dont you worry about volunteering the other days of the year?
do you only eat once a year, on thanksgiving?

Actually Belinda, I do volunteer everyday..I work with an non profit who help find homes for unwanted animals. We also foster dogs at our house until they can be adopted. Just wanted to do something on Thanksgiving to help people who arn’t as fortunate as we are. And no, I don’t eat only once a year on Thanksgiving since your so interested.

Belinda, you want to try to encourage people who do a little extra, not put them in the wrong for not doing more.

Let us know what you find, Rachele. I’m also interested.

30 minutes ago Rachele L. says:

Actually Belinda, I do volunteer everyday..I work with an non profit who help find homes for unwanted animals. We also foster dogs at our house until they can be adopted. Just wanted to do something on Thanksgiving to help people who arn’t as fortunate as we are. And no, I don’t eat only once a year on Thanksgiving since your so interested

————— i wasnt trying to be rude; i also do volunteer work & it just irks me that people want to feed the homeless only during the holidays

Belinda, just cause I know I’m gonna piss someone off and Mitch here will flag me for it, but I must ask…
Where do YOU volunteer, and how often ?
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To answer your next question…I have bought 2 brand new and 2 used cars for people I know that needed them, donated my old car to my boss before I retired, I volunteer and take care of horses at the ranch where I boatd because the owner is in financial crisis, am taking on a 3rd horse that I ampurchasing and paying the vet bills, farrier, dentist, trainer, etc. for, I volunteer at my kids school, I help a shelter that works with unwanted Australian Shepherds, I donate several thousand dollars of toys trees ornaments, meals etc at Christmastime to families in need, and I’ll just stop there….

My point is…who cares how much anyone does and how often….even if she only does it this once, give her praise and let her see how good it makes her feel, please don’t put her down and make the experience negative for her. I applaud anyone who volunteers, no matter how much.

This is such an awesome thread 🙂 Good info on this 😀

Having been a volunteer*** person since I was a kid, I have to say it does NOT actually irk me that some people (not the OP in particular, but other like celebrities and what not) may be more interested in volunteering on holidays than other days. A holiday is supposed to be a day to share joy with other people, a day to feel the warmth of humanity. Yes, it would be so nice if we could all take the time and energy to do that everyday, but it’s not realistic. So if certain people (again, not the necessarily the OP) are only inspired to volunteer on holidays, I say it’s a fine place to start, I would not belittle them for it.

***I put this asterisk here because I truly believe that whether one helps someone one knows or strangers, most people in this world generally “give back.” I know there are some truly selfish people that live in selfish bubbles, but overall, people who don’t go out of their way to organize big events to raise money for those who are suffering or feed the hungry may do smaller things on an everyday basis that add up to a healthier, happier society.