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20 Places To Do Good This Thanksgiving

Updated for 2022

This is the season for sharing in Los Angeles and there are plenty of ways you can help those that need it most. From volunteering your time, your extra food, or a few dollars out of your wallet, you can make a difference in someone’s life. We have curated a list of some great places to “do Good” this Thanksgiving.

Some ways to do good deeds include: serving dinners, passing out blankets, feeding people on the street, helping make hygiene kits, and filling food boxes. And there are so many families and individuals that need your help.

Of course, this is not the only time of year that people need our help, so just know that you can volunteer or donate at any time and it will be welcome. Here is our list of volunteer opportunities in and around Los Angeles.

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Places to Volunteer for Thanksgiving in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
1734 East 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058
(323) 234-3030

According to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, “one in five people in Los Angeles County experiences food insecurity.” There are many ways to get involved, including making a monetary donation, donating food items, participating in #WeFeedLA – a Virtual Food Drive Challenge, and volunteering at a local food pantry. Every little bit helps. “Every $1 donated provides enough food for 4 meals to feed hungry children, seniors and families.” Check the website for details.  

Los Angeles Mission
303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA
(213) 629-1227

There are many ways families can volunteer and get involved with the important work being done by the Los Angeles Mission. “The Los Angeles Mission provides nearly 1,500 hot meals every day.” You can make a monetary donation, donate hygiene items and/or assemble hygiene kits, donate food and/or clothing, and volunteer. Check the website for all the details. 

Corita Day (November 19, 2022)
Corita Art Center, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028

Corita Art Center (CAC) is thrilled to host its first in-person event in over three years to celebrate Corita Day, a day designated by the City and County of Los Angeles to honor the artist, educator, and social justice advocate, Corita Kent. This Corita Day is a day in service to the beloved community of Los Angeles. The event will feature timed tours of the CAC collection, interactive art-making stations, exclusive access to new merchandise and vintage posters, the assembly of 500 Corita-inspired art kits by groups of volunteers for distribution amongst CAC partners across Los Angeles, and much more! Corita Day is also a fundraiser essential to CAC’s mission of sharing and preserving Corita’s legacy through arts education. This year, CAC is raising $150,000 to support the Center’s ongoing operations. Support of CAC, also supports incredibly talented artists, educators, makers, doers, and too many incredible nonprofit partners to name.

Union Rescue Mission
545 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 347-6300

The Union Rescue Mission needs our help to make sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal. There are many ways families can help – by serving a meal, donating funds, and donating time. This year, every $3.72 meal donation will be doubled; meaning your monetary donation goes twice as far. And, if Downtown LA isn’t convenient for you, help is also needed at Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center in Sylmar. Check the website for details. 

The Midnight Mission
601 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 624-9258

The Midnight Mission needs our help to make sure they can adequately serve the men, women, and children who will come by for a Thanksgiving meal. There are a number of ways to get involved including making a monetary donation, donating your time, and donating goods (food, clothing, and other necessities). 

Additionally, the annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles benefits The Midnight Mission. There is a 5K and 10K option as well as a “Widdle Wobble” for those 12 and under. Races have staggered start times on Thanksgiving morning. Details and registration information are available online.

More ways to Volunteer and Do Good Deeds all year long
Volunteer at the Holidays
Volunteer Options for High School Students
– Ways to Help our fellow Angelenos year ’round
Los Angeles No-profit Charities

Food on Foot
1625 N. Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
(310) 442-0088

“Every Sunday, Food on Foot volunteers distribute hot, nutritious meals, clothing, hygiene items, and other essential resources” to neighbors in need. On average, more than 280 meals are served each Sunday. There are many ways to help including donating clothing, donating funds, and purchasing items from Food on Foot’s Amazon Wishlist. If you have the time, volunteering takes place each Sunday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. (Children 6 and older are also welcome to help.) Details and donation information are available online. 

Big Sunday’s Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 549-9944

Big Sunday’s Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event is happening on Wednesday, November 23rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Each year, Big Sunday collects and packs “bags full of Thanksgiving dinner for thousands of people, including vets; homeless families; women in domestic violence shelters; group homes; low-income families with autistic children; food pantries; schools and more.” Volunteers are needed to donate food as well as pack everything up. Plus, all volunteers are invited to “join together for a community breakfast.” Check the website for more details as they become available.  

Related: Turkey Trot Races in SoCal (Most have charity components)

Project Angel Food
922 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 845-1800

Project Angel Food is a “community-funded organization,” preparing and delivering “over one million medically tailored meals each year, free of charge to homes of men, women, and children affected by life-threatening illnesses.” Generally, Project Angel Food needs volunteer drivers on Thanksgiving Day. Be sure to check the website for more information about volunteering at Thanksgiving as the information becomes available. (And remember, if you’re unable to volunteer in person, families can still help by making a monetary donation.)

People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
Serving Greater Los Angeles
(323) 644-2200

People Assisting the Homeless serves 150 cities in 5 regions including Orange County and Greater Los Angeles. There are many ways to get involved and help including donating funds, volunteering your time, hosting a Donation Drive, and purchasing items for a Welcome Home Kit. (“Each week, PATH helps move 22 people into a new home.” Kits include home goods, bedding, kitchen items, and cleaning supplies.) Check the website for more information about Thanksgiving as details become available.  

Feeding America

Feeding America wants to help connect families with organizations that need the help at Thanksgiving (and all year long). The website offers tips on “How to Give Back This Thanksgiving,” including hosting a virtual food drive, volunteering in your community, sending a Thanksgiving card, and more. Check the website to get started. 

Socks4Souls Thankful to Give on Thanksgiving Day 2022
Pershing Square
532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Thankful to Give on Thanksgiving Day 2022 is a special community outreach program happening on Thanksgiving morning at 9:00 am. Volunteers are asked to bring donations including hygiene kits, socks, blankets, and/or bottles of water. However, even if you don’t have any donations, you’re still invited to volunteer. Volunteers will walk a total of two miles, roundtrip, as you walk from Pershing Square to 5th Street and San Pedro, “areas where people are in need; living outside of shelters.” There are no age restrictions at this event. Register online. 

Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Distribution 
Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center
Leimert Park Plaza
4395 Leimert Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center is hosting a Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Distribution event on Tuesday, November 22nd from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. They will be “providing families with free donations including infant care items, hygiene kits, blankets, toys, groceries and supermarket gift cards.” Monetary donations are needed to make the event possible. Be sure to check the website for volunteer information and all the details. 

Thanksgiving Feast
Fred Jordan Missions

Fred Jordan Missions hosts an annual Thanksgiving Feast, providing a “hot ,traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings” to ”hundreds of hungry men, women, and children on the streets of Skid Row.” Families may donate funds to be used for the Thanksgiving Feast. Also, be sure to check the website as more information becomes available regarding volunteering at the Thanksgiving Feast. 

There are many ways to help out during the holidays including volunteer at the VA in Westwood

Volunteer on the Westside

WestsideThanksgiving  Community Dinner and Celebration
West LA Civic Center
1645 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles, CA

(310) 394-3153

For over four decades, a special Thanksgiving Day community celebration has brought together thousands of people. This Celebration includes “a wonderful sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, a huge clothing area, medical, optical and dental services, live music, companionship, and so much more — all free!” There are many ways for families to get involved. Donate funds, donate your time to assist the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, and/or donate goods. Check the website for all the details. 

Westside Food Bank
1710 22nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

(310) 828-6016

The Westside Food Bank has many ways for families to get involved and help. Families may donate funds and/or food, host a food drive, and more. Remember, “every dollar you give helps provide 4 meals to our most vulnerable neighbors: children, families, seniors, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and others who urgently need help.” Check the website for the latest information.

Metropolis
603 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Metropolis serves “hundreds of bags of groceries on Wednesdays and nearly 150 hot meals to-go every Sunday.” Volunteers are needed to help cook and package food, sort items, and more. While information about Thanksgiving is not yet on their website, know that families can donate their time and/or funds any time of the year. 

Volunteer in Pasadena

Dinner in the Park 2022
Union Station Homeless Services
825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104

(626) 240-0720

Union Station Homeless Services has been hosting its annual Dinner in the Park event for over 50 years. “Dinner in the Park is a beloved holiday tradition that brings the community together over celebratory meals.” There are a number of ways for families to get involved including hosting a food drive, volunteering to prepare, cook, sort, and serve, and more. Details are available online. (Volunteers must be at least 13 years old.)

Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
191 N. Oak Ave., Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 584-7420
and
790 W. Chestnut Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 358-3486

Foothill Unity Center, with two locations, will be hosting special Thanksgiving events on Tuesday, November 22nd and Thursday, November 24th. They plan on helping over 2000 families. The organization will be distributing Thanksgiving Food Boxes to home-bound seniors and disabled individuals. They will also be hosting a “boutique for the homeless with food and hygiene kits, clothing, and more.” Families may assist by donating items, volunteering on-site, and/or making a monetary donation. 

Related: Find Things to Do with Kids in Los Angeles During Thanksgiving Week

Volunteer in the Valley

LA Family Housing
7843 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91605

(818) 220-6936

“LA Family Housing helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services.” They offer multiple ways to get involved including donating goods, donating funds, as well as special volunteer opportunities specifically tailored to youth volunteers. Check the website for details. 

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
11076 Norris Ave., 2nd Floor, Pacoima, CA 91331

(818) 392-0020

Hope of the Valley needs our help, and there are many ways to get involved. Donate goods, funds, and/or your time. In addition, Drumstick Dash LA 2022, described as “LA’s largest Thanksgiving 5K/10K run,” happens on Thanksgiving morning and benefits the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. You can find all the details as well as registration information online.

Volunteer in Long Beach

2022 Thanksgiving Campaign 
Long Beach Rescue Mission
1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 591-1292

At the Long Beach Rescue Mission, a little really goes a long way. Every donation of $2.20 “provides one hungry person with a traditional Thanksgiving meal … served with a hearty helping of hope for a better future.” In addition, when families donate funds, they’ll receive a Thanksgiving Recipes Booklet.  

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