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.
Places to Volunteer in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mission
303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA (213) 629-1227
You can register online to attend a volunteer orientation at the Los Angeles Mission. (The next one is scheduled for October 5th.)If that doesn’t fit your schedule, you can still make a difference this Thanksgiving by helping to provide Thanksgiving meals to those who would otherwise go without. Donations may be made online.
Union Rescue Mission
545 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.Donations may be made online. (And did you know that every $2.54 provides one Thanksgiving meal?) If your family would like to volunteer, you must first sign-up for a volunteer orientation. Check the website for details.
The Midnight Mission
601 South 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 and donating your time. Check the website for details.
Fred Jordan Mission’s Annual Street Banquet
445 Towne Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013
Volunteers will set up tables and chairs in the middle of Fifth Street in Downtown Los Angeles to prepare for Fred Jordan Mission’s Annual Street Banquet. The event is held on Thanksgiving Day and features musicians, guest speakers, and hundreds of volunteers serving a traditional turkey dinner to thousands of hungry Angelenos. Check the website for ways to help this special event.
Gobble Gobble Give – Los Angeles
Regent Theater – 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
For 21 years, Gobble Gobble Give has delivered food, clothing and toiletries to the homeless on Thanksgiving morning. The LA event takes place at the iconic Regent Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, beginning at 8am. The event is now also held in multiple cities in LA County and across the country, delivering over 30,000 meals last year and engages over 10,000 volunteers.
Volunteer in Hollywood
Food on Foot
1625 N. Schrader Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (310) 442-0088
This incredible organization has given out food, clothing, shoes and blankets every Sunday in Hollywood for over 20 years. Volunteering requires a $25 donation. Volunteers can be as young as 6 years old. Additionally, Food on Foot is seeking donations of gently used clothing. Check the website for details.
Big Sunday’s 8th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 549-9944
At Big Sunday, they operate under the belief that “everyone has some way that they can help somebody else.” Big Sunday’s 8th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event is happening on Wednesday, November 27th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Volunteers enjoy music and being in the company of other giving people as they fill bags full of Thanksgiving dinner for thousands of people. Check the website to find out how you can help.
Volunteer on the Westside
Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration
West LA Civic Center
1645 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles, CA (310) 394-3153
For over thirty years, the Westside Community Celebration has been making Thanksgiving a holiday that all can enjoy. Everyone is welcome to the Celebration, and the Celebration relies on donations and volunteers to be successful. Families can help in many ways — by donating food, clothing, funds; helping to sort donated items; serving and cleaning up. Check the website for information on how to sign up to volunteer and help at this special event.
The Westside Food Bank
1710 22nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 828-6016
There are many ways for families to help the Westside Food Bank. Donate food, fresh fruit from your tree, diapers (urgently needed and not covered under food stamps), and funds. Additionally, donations of frozen turkeys are welcome so that every family can have a turkey meal during the holidays. Check the website for details.
Volunteer in Pasadena
Dinner in the Park
Central Park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA
For more than forty-five years, Union Station Homeless Services has hosted Dinner in the Park on Thanksgiving Day. There are many ways for families to help including donating food, donating funds, and donating time. Check the website for details. This year’s event is happening on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Volunteer in the Valley
LA Family Housing
7843 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood 91605
LA Family Housing strives to make the holiday season bright for thousands of people experiencing homelessness and they offer multiple ways to get involved. You can choose to donate a reusable shopping bag filled with thanksgiving food items, donate linens, blankets and pillows to help give comfort to families, or help provide a week of meals for single adults living in bridge housing November 18-25. Find out more info and register on their website.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
6425 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys, CA
Hope of the Valley needs our help in serving the largest Thanksgiving dinner in the valley. “The Great Thanksgiving Banquet” is held the day before Thanksgiving (this year on November 27th). Additionally, there is a street fair where guests receive non-perishable food items, rain ponchos, socks, and more. Check the website for details about how your family can help.
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