Thanksgiving Day volunteer opportunities for runners, animal lovers, worldtravelers and more
There are plenty of ways to save yourself from melting into your family's couch in a tryptophan-induced coma on Thanksgiving Day, and many come in the form of volunteerism. Below are several opportunities to peel yourself away from the dessert table and nurture the city that you love so much—a true giving of thanks.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes' "A Feast of Giving" provides those in need with a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day. Held at Wozniak Hall, volunteer shifts begin at 7 a.m., serving starts at 11 a.m. and the feast continues until the food runs out. Mobile Loaves and Fishes asks for at least a two-hour shift from each volunteer. Opportunities begin the night before with decorating and food prep from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
There are over 500 homebound Austin clients signed up to receive holiday meals. It's important to remember that you may be giving some of these clients the only holiday visit they will receive that day. Pair up with a friend or family member to share the heartwarming experience of delivering meals and holiday cheer. If you can help, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operation Turkey is a two-pronged program that both feeds and clothes the homeless on Thanksgiving Day. You can choose where you'd like to pitch in, between cooking, packaging and delivering food to the homeless. If you aren't available on Thanksgiving Day, you are still welcome to drop off clothing donations on Wednesday between 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill.
Introduce world travelers to a tried and true American tradition. Austin's leading hostel (did you know we even had one?) is seeking a few volunteers who would love nothing more than to spend their Thanksgiving cooking for fellow adventurers. Added bonus: Volunteers are then invited to sit down and exchange stories with hostel guests over the delicious meal they prepared.
Austin Pets Alive needs volunteers to help walk dogs and tend to the kittens throughout Thanksgiving Day. The animals and staff will certainly enjoy your communion with them.
Turkey Trot benefiting Caritas of Austin
Put in your workout Thanksgiving morning so you can guiltlessly indulge in the hours that follow. The Turkey Trot benefits Caritas of Austin, which offers food service, refugee and social service programs. The race has raised over $1.25 million for Caritas over the past 20 years. If can't muster up the energy to run, head to the Long Center simply to support the participants or pitch in with a variety of activities from setup, water stops, parking, directions and cleanup. To volunteer, contact email@example.com.