Don’t Volunteer for Thanksgiving!

Seems like a funny thing to say, don’t volunteer for Thanksgiving but… everybody wants to do that day and there’s just not enough outlets.  Instead, consider volunteering the weekend before or the weekend after.  Many soup kitchens operate year round and need regular help.  Below is a link to  a volunteer organization that can help you match up.

The soup kitchen that I have been volunteering in, just a few hours of my Saturday, feeds about 125 people on a budget of $100.  That’s not a typo!  I was shocked and thrilled to learn of this–those clever cooks!

Helpful hands are needed to setup, prepare, cook and cleanup on a weekly basis.  Food donations are always welcome and meal sponsorship is another great way to participate.  For example, last week at our kitchen, some generous person supplied the meatloaf and potatoes and we served a hearty meal with green beans, gravy, apples and cookies.

In these difficult times, not volunteering on Thanksgiving, but doing so on another day,  makes great sense because it really hammers home all that you really can be thankful for.

This is a brief video of my experience at His Table.  Thanks for reading, now find a place near you to not volunteer for Thanksgiving!

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/15997586[/vimeo]


Volunteers help prepare Saturday lunch for friends who wander in for a meal, some conversation, prayer & hope.

Below are a few resources that I discovered doing a brief google search….

I.     For a  soup kitchen directory, consult this site.

http://4homeless.hypermart.net/soup_kitchens.html


II. Another Volunteer Website Click Here –Example: Searched Los Angeles Soup Kitchen

http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp

These are the results of my search of Los Angeles Soup Kitchen:

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Do you want to make a positive impact in your community? You can find faith-based volunteering opportunities at www.ChristianVolunteering.org. ChristianVolunteering.org connects high-quality… More >

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Interest Areas: Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Hunger Great for: Kids, Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 6/22/09 Distance: 4.37 miles

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Interest Areas: Homeless & Housing, Race & Ethnicity, Religion Great for: Kids, Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 6/26/08 Distance: 3.93 miles

Serve Lunch to Homeless Individuals

Help set up tables, chairs, distribute lunches to the homeless, then clean up after program. Monday – Friday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm. (34.034,-118.269) More >

St. Francis Center (0 reviews)

Interest Areas: Advocacy & Human Rights, Homeless & Housing, Hunger Great for: Kids, Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 6/22/09 Distance: 4.35 miles

Volunteer in Long Beach’s Urban Ministries

Do you want to volunteer in urban ministries? Do you want to make a difference in your community? ChristianVolunteering.org has over 3,000 volunteer opportunities serving youth, working at a soup… More >

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Interest Areas: Community, Religion Great for: Kids, Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 6/27/08 Distance: 14.69 miles

Serving Breakfast to Homeless Individuals

Serving the homeless a hot breakfast meal in the morning Tuesday through Friday. Come and serve the needy before you go to work. (34.034,-118.269) More >

St. Francis Center (0 reviews)

Interest Areas: Advocacy & Human Rights, Homeless & Housing, Hunger Great for: Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 1/4/05 Distance: 4.37 miles

** Find family and group friendly Christian Volunteering Opportunities in San Francisco…

Do you want to volunteer with your family or with a group of friends? Hundreds of organizations on http://family.christianvolunteering.org are seeking you and your family’s volunteering help and… More >

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Interest Areas: Community, Homeless & Housing, Religion Great for: Kids, Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 9/23/09

** Find family and group friendly Christian Volunteering Opportunities in Little Rock **

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Interest Areas: Community, Homeless & Housing, Religion Great for: Kids, Teens, 55+, Groups Posted: 9/23/09

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