There are many ways to help out in Los Angeles during the Thanksgiving holiday – from running a 5k to serving banquet dinners to passing out blankets to feeding people on the street – and so many families and individuals that need your help. Here is our list of volunteer opportunities in and around Los Angeles. Please let us know in the comments if we missed any.
Food on Foot’s Special Thanksgiving Day Serving
This incredible organization has given out food, clothing, shoes and blankets every Sunday in Hollywood for more than 18 years. Volunteering requires a $20 donations on regular days and $100 per person for Food on Foot’s Special Thanksgiving Day Serving on Thursday, Nov. 26th. Registration is required for the Thanksgiving event and only a few spots are left. The event is best for volunteers older than 8 because it requires several hours on your feet.
Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration
West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Campus
11301 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Everyone is welcome to the Westside Community Celebration – especially veterans, students, low-income families, seniors, anyone who is homeless, and anyone who is alone on Thanksgiving. With 3 decades of tradition serving the community with a free sit-down Thanksgiving dinner, they also provide haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits and a children’s carnival. They have many opportunities to get involved including volunteering to help with set up on Wednesday, Nov. 25th and all day on Thanksgiving. Donations are being accepted now including clothing, canned food, and monetary donations. For more information, visit the Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Celebration website.
22nd Annual Homeless Feeding and & Banner Creation by One Incredible Family
7726 West Manchester Avenue
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Phone: (310) 313-0123
The One Incredible Family 22nd annual homeless feeding and banner celebration on Saturday, Nov. 28th is in need of cooked turkeys, pies, rolls, juice boxes and waters. They also need event volunteers and large vehicles for deliveries. The event feeds 1,500 people and families each year. Visit the website for more information.
Los Angeles Mission
303 East 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (213) 629-1227
Volunteer positions at the Los Angeles Mission for Thanksgiving street event on Wednesday, Nov. 25th are full, however, online signups will take place on Monday, November 30th at 8 am for the Los Angeles Mission Christmas Street Event will take place on Thursday, December 24th. All volunteers must be 13 years and older and must have attended a volunteer orientation. If you aren’t attending either event, every $2.03 you donate provides a Thanksgiving meal “nourish a pained soul—and help change a life forever.”
Union Rescue Mission
545 San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 347-6300
The Union Rescue Mission is asking for your help to provide 180,000 meals for the men, women and children they hope to serve this Thanksgiving. By donating $33.74, you can provide 14 family meals. Please see the website for more information.
The Midnight Mission
601 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
The Midnight Mission serves Thanksgiving dinner to 2,500 homeless or near homeless men and women and children every year. Their volunteer list for Thanksgiving is full. For information on volunteering when the need is even greater, email email@example.com. Or make a donation at MidnightMission.com.
Union Station’s Thanksgiving & Christmas Dinner in the Park 2015
412 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: (626) 240-4550
Volunteer positions for the annual Thanksgiving dinner in the park event are full, however food and monetary donations are still highly needed. Donations of any monetary value are accepted on their website and store bought pies and other Thanksgiving wish list food items can be delivered to 412 S Raymond Avenue. Order a pie from The Village Cookie Shoppe to be donated to feed community members in need at Dinner-in-the-Park, and you will also be providing valuable work experience to individuals living with mental illness. Christmas day Dinner-in-the-Park registration will begin Tuesday, December 1st, at 8 AM.
The Westside Food Bank Turkey Drive Fundraiser
1710 22nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 828-6016
You can help with the 5th annual Westside Food Bank Turkey Drive, every donation to helps provide additional turkeys and other holiday food items to local families. Every dollar raised is enough to provide 4 meals to your neighbors in need.
Hope of the Valley Great Thanksgiving Banquet and Drumstick Dash 5k
8165 San Fernando Road
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Phone: (818) 392-0020
Join Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission for its 1st Annual Drumstick Dash on Thursday, Nov. 26th at the CBS Studios. All proceeds go to providing hot meals, health care, and hope to the homeless. On Wednesday, November 25th, Hope of the Valley will host the Great Thanksgiving Banquet at its new Help Center in Van Nuys. Hope of the Valley needs 100 table sponsors to help offset the cost of feeding so many hungry people. The cost to sponsor a table is $300.00.
Fred Jordan Mission’s Annual Street Banquet
444 Towne Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (626) 915-1981 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will set up tables on the corner of 5th Street and Towne Avenue in downtown Los Angeles to help feed thousands of homeless people and families on Saturday, Nov. 26th. Sign up to volunteer or donate.
Please let us know of any other volunteer opportunities in your area.