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2014 Thanksgiving Volunteering Guide

Looking to give back this Thanksgiving? Here’s 7 ways to donate your time.
By - posted 11/21/2013 No Comment

Take a moment and give back to the community this Thanksgiving.

Read on below for organizations across San Francisco and the Bay Area in need of volunteers to help spread food and warmth to those less fortunate.

>> Know of another volunteering opportunity for Thanksgiving 2014? Let us know!

Little Brothers: Friends of the Elderly
Make a difference in an elder’s day by providing much needed companionship this holiday season. Visit an elder who would otherwise spend the holiday alone and cheer them up with a a gift bag and flowers. Visits last about 1-2 hours. You may volunteer as an individual, a pair, or a group of up to 3 people.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 10 am to noon | Baha’i Faith San Francisco Center, 170 Valencia St, San Francisco
RSVP is required.

Thanksgiving Day Block Party
Now on its 30th year, San Francisco City Impact is reaching out to the Tenderloin Community with a Thanksgiving Day block party that aims to deliver 7,000 hot meals to homes, serve 300 a sit-down Thanksgiving dinners, and deliver 500 grocery bags. 
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 8:30 am to 2 pm | 230 Jones Street, San Francisco
RSVP online. $25 registration fee is required and will go directly towards making this event possible.

Salvation Army Meal Delivery
Help deliver Thanksgiving Day meals to 4,000 homebound individuals. Drivers must provide their own vehicle and bring at least one passenger with you. Shifts take no more than 3 hours each. All deliveries occur within San Francisco. On-site that morning, you will receive an orientation, refreshments, a route sheet (who to deliver to), map (directions how to get there) and meals.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | Shifts from 8 am to 1 pm | Harbor Light Center, 445 9th Street, San Francisco
RSVP online, or contact Jaime Smith at (415) 238-5405 or email volunteer@tsagoldenstate.org

Meals on Wheels
Help bring food to local seniors on Thanksgiving day by delivering hot turkey dinners, or helping out with logistics at MOWSF’s offices. The time commitment is about three hours total.
PLEASE NOTE: Meal Delivery and Office Volunteer spots are now full. But you are invited to sign up for their waiting list using the online form. They can always use people willing to be last-minute volunteers, as people earlier on the waiting list make other plans or drop out.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 8 am to 2 pm | Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, 1375 Fairfax Avenue, SF

San Francisco Food Bank
Come see what’s in season – from peaches to beans and rice – and get it out the door. Help the SF Food Bank sort, package and distribute these nutritious foods for the community.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 9 am to 1 pm | 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco
RSVP online (shifts fill up quickly)

Glide Thanksgiving Meals
Put on your apron and come to GLIDE to help chop, dice, mix and slice in preparation for their Annual Thanksgiving Day dinner or come serve thousands complete Thanksgiving meals with all the fixin’ to individuals and families. Then keep the holiday spirit going the day after Thanksgiving by helping serve breakfast.
Wed-Fri, November 26-28, 2014 | Various shifts | 330 Ellis St., San Francisco
Sorry, RSVPs for Thanksgiving shifts are full, but, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day.

SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy’s
Volunteer to help spread holiday cheer at the annual holiday SPCA pop-up adoption center at Macy’s. Although the adoption center is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, it’s open every other day for the holidays.
November 21 – January 4 (except Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day) | Various shifts | 170 O’Farrell, San Francisco
Sign up online to volunteer at Holiday Windows. Please note that many shifts are already filled. The biggest need currently is between December 26 – January 4.