Reader Allison writes:
It’s my first LA thanksgiving without plans. I’d love to know some volunteer opportunities or suggestions from readers of what to do sans family.
While I can’t recommend anything specific, a couple places you can find volunteer opportunities on Thanksgiving day or any other time of year, try L.A. Works or Volunteer Match. Both have searchable databases to find ways to help by location or type of service needed.
Readers – any other suggestions on how to spend a fulfilling Thanksgiving? Some ideas after the jump.
Last year, LA Foodblogging strongly recommended volunteering with Faith In Christ Ministries. “They serve about 700 meals. It is not as well known as some of the bigger operations… it doesn’t even have a web page to describe the Thanksgiving event! … but the people who are helped are happy to see the cheerful volunteers and to enjoy a good meal.” Contact info is provided at the blog.
The Echo hosts the staging area for the “5th Annual Gobble Gobble Give Feast” where they “will pack up and deliver 800-1000 hot meals (that’s our goal!) tooth brushs/paste and some hats n’ sox for some of our homeless Angelinos.” They need both advance and day of volunteers, and are also looking for donations of hats, socks, toothbrushes, and more (“Clean out yr leftover swag and rid yrself of all that hotel shampoo”). Details and contact info here.
The International Institue of Los Angeles is seeking drivers to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound seniors in East Los Angeles (volunteer registraion deadline is today, November 14th, so get crackin’!).
(photo by CCSilverBottom taken at the LA County Fair, via Flickr)