Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

South San Francisco, CA  November 13, 2019

A caring South City neighbor messaged us asking how she and her daughter could find volunteer opportunities on Thanksgiving, as they were alone with family overseas. Our wonderful online community immediately began to offer suggestions, which we believe are worthy of re-posting here for others that might also be interested.

Roberta recommends Catholic workers in San Bruno, as does Jenn B, and Carol Q: They do a Thanksgiving Dinner every year. Might need to call or email for details.
MJ recommends Glide Memorial, St Anthony’s, Second Harvest Food Bank,
Ryan writes: Tenderloin Tessie it’s called. It’s in the city at First Unitarian Church on Cathedral Hill. They serve from 1-4 but need volunteers all day.

Carolina suggests the Samaritan house holiday program

Anlei suggests:  San Francisco City impact
Debora says SFM Foodbank: I’ve done this with my girls, they enjoy helping to make a difference.
We also found some very worthy suggestions on FUNCHEAPS CLICK HERE

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.


Thanksgiving Day Block Party
San Francisco City Impact is reaching out to the Tenderloin Community with a Thanksgiving Day Block Party that aims to deliver 5,000 hot meals to homes, serve 300 a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, and deliver 500 grocery bags. 
Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 8:30 am to 2 pm | 230 Jones Street, San Francisco
RSVP online. A $25 registration fee is required and will go directly towards making this event possible. – Confirmed as of 10/29/2019

SF-Marin Food Bank
141,000 people count on the SF-Marin Food Bank every week. Make a hands-on difference by volunteering in the warehouse or in the community. Sign up online to volunteer. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, Help us Feed the Need on Saturday, November 23. Click here for details. – Confirmed as of 11/12/2019

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.
Sign up online to volunteer at the Holiday Windows. Please note the shifts fill up quickly. – Confirmed as of 10/29/2019

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 breakfast or lunch and come serve thousands complete Thanksgiving meals with all the fixings to individuals and families.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 | Various shifts | 330 Ellis St., San Francisco
Starting November 1, you can sign up for Holiday Volunteer Opportunities. If their volunteer needs on a particular holiday have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day. – Confirmed as of 11/12/2019

Salvation Army Meal Delivery
Help deliver Thanksgiving Day meals to 4,000 homebound individuals. Drivers must provide their own vehicle and bring along at least one passenger. Shifts take no more than 3 hours each. All deliveries occur within San Francisco. In past years, on-site in the morning, volunteers received an orientation, refreshments, a route sheet (who to deliver to), map (directions how to get there) and meals. Please note, we expect it to be similar for 2019.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 | Shifts from 5:30 am to 1 pm | Harbor Light Center, 445 9th Street, San Francisco. – Confirmed as of 10/29/2019

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 gift bag and flowers. Visits last about an hour. You may volunteer as an individual, a pair, or a group of up to 3 people. Please note, before volunteering, you must complete the volunteer orientation and background check. Qualified volunteers are welcome to bring along family and friends though.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 10 am to 11:30 pm
Pick up elder info and gift bag at Hilton San Francisco, 333 O’Farrell Street, San Francisco
RSVP is required. – Confirmed as of 10/29/2019

Meals on Wheels
Help bring food to 3,000+ local seniors on Thanksgiving day by delivering hot turkey dinners. Additional positions include Social Media & Photo Station, Gift Station, Brunch Set Up and more.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 | 8 am to 2 pm | Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, 1375 Fairfax Avenue, SF
RSVP online (shifts fill up quickly) – Confirmed as of 10/29/2019

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Project Open Hand
Join Project Open Hand this Thanksgiving in providing meals with love to our sick and elderly neighbors. During the week of Thanksgiving, volunteers will help prepare, assemble, and distribute 2,500 nutritious meals and nearly 200 bags of healthy groceries each day.
November 25-29, 2019 | 9:30 am to 12:00 pm | 730 Polk St, San Francisco
RSVP to volunteer – Confirmed as of 11/12/2019

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