Updated for 2020
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
LA Regional Food Bank
1734 East 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90058
The LA Regional Food Bank is running #WeFeedLA 2020, a Virtual Food Drive Challenge, and they need help. Launch a virtual fundraising team and help feed hungry Angelenos at this time of need.
Los Angeles Mission
303 East 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA (213) 629-1227
Each Thanksgiving, the Los Angeles Mission serves “over 3,000 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes, 800 pounds of green beans and 600 pies to our neighbors experiencing homelessness.” Families can find a number of ways to volunteer and help out – by donating time, goods, and funds. Volunteers must be at least13 years of age. This year, the Los Angeles Mission needs our help even more due to the effects of COVID-19. Find ways to help by clicking here.
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. There are many ways families can help – by serving a meal, donating funds, donating time, and more. 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, donating your time, and donating goods (food, clothing, and other necessities). This year, The Midnight Mission needs our help even more due to the effects of COVID-19. Find ways to help by clicking here.
Gobble Gobble Give – Los Angeles
Regent Theater – 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
For over 20 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 8:00 am. 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.
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
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. Because of COVID-19, volunteering looks much different now for this organization. They are, however, in need of monetary donations to help those most in need during this difficult time. Check the website for details.
Big Sunday’s 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 Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event is happening online this year, on Sunday, November 22nd from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Volunteers will be “packing bags together, listening to music, hearing from beneficiary nonprofits and one another.” Additionally, Big Sunday will also need help (outside, masked, and socially distanced) on November 23rd through November 25th putting the finishing touches on the bags as well as distributing them. Check the website for details.
Project Angel Food
922 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Project Angel Food needs Thanksgiving angels. This year, they are looking for volunteers to make food deliveries on Thanksgiving Day. This is a great way for families to spend time together, giving thanks and giving back to the community. Masks, your own car, and a few hours are all that are required. Details are available online.
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. Usually, guests would be treated to a Thanksgiving meal as well as free haircuts, blankets, hygiene kits, a resource fair, children’s carnival, and more. This year is different though. Instead of the traditional dinner and celebration, gift cards and blankets will be distributed to those most in need in our community. Families can help by donating funds online.
The Westside Food Bank
1710 22nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 828-6016
Because of COVID-19, the Westside Food Bank is operating differently this year. While help is still needed, they are unable to welcome new volunteers at this time. However, families can still help by donating funds, sponsoring a group food drive, and more. Additionally, this year, on November 8th, the Westside Food Bank is hosting a Virtual 5K Hunger Walk designed to help “raise funds and awareness as we walk together from home to end hunger.” Participation is free; advance registration is required.
Volunteer in Pasadena
Dinner in the Park 2020
Union Station Homeless Services
825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91104
Union Station Homeless Services is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dinner in the Park. This year’s Thanksgiving celebration will look different because of COVID-19, but there are still lots of ways to help make Dinner in the Park a success. Families can help by offering their time, their cooking skills, and donating funds. Details are available online.
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 or donate holiday dessert treats for guests being served at Bridge Housing and Project Roomkey Sites. Find out more information and register on their website.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
11076 Norris Ave., 2nd Floor, Pacoima, CA 91331
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 25th). However, because of COVID-19, volunteers will not be able to assist at this event. However, families can still help by donating needed funds. Check the website for details.
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