Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering to help others in need is a wonderful way to teach your children about what it truely means to be thankful.
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Volunteering our time is one way we can avoid getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. When we stop to reflect on what we truely have by sharing our time and commitments with others it touches not only their hearts but ours as well.

Here are some specific ways you and your family can help others this Thanksgiving.

1. Help ease hunger during the Holiday at the McKinney Housing Authority:

Volunteers are needed in three (3) areas: 1) to assist in soliciting turkeys/hams and canned goods for approximately 150 families; 2) to assist in sorting and packaging the baskets and 3) to assist in the actual distribution of food baskets for the elderly.Volunteer or get more information about this opportunity.

2. Disney Volunteer Day at Jubilee Park

Come join Disney and the Volunteer Center of North Texas for a day of fun and service at the Jubilee Park and Recreation Center!  Volunteers will be working side by side with community members and leaders to transform part of the on-site Community Center into a family friendly environment for the Fair Park Community. Projects include painting, reorganizing, building, and renovating the Community Center. Volunteer or get more information about this opportunity.

3. Food Pantry Helpers at The Wilkinson Center

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 from 9:00AM – 11:30AM The Wilkinson Center needs volunteer assistance in their food pantry. Get more information or volunteer here.

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4. The YMCA Turkey Trot

The Capital One Bank Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving Day event of its kind in the country. Starting from humble beginnings 40 years ago at White Rock Lake, it has grown into the undisputed “Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day” for thousands of locals as well as those who travel to share in our great event.  The Dallas YMCA supports strong kids, strong families and strong communities – all of which are represented at the Trot. Participants are also helping to support important YMCA programs. Volunteers are needed to monitor courses and help with water stops and refreshments. Training is provided for this event. All participants must wear closed toed shoes, comfortable clothes (weather appropriate – rain or shine event), and no purses or bags. No minimum age for volunteers; however, groups must provide adequate adult supervision. Get more information and sign up to volunteer here.

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Want to find a more specific volunteer opportunity? Check out We tv’s We Volunteer website. You can search for opportunities specific to your zip code and find a way to give back that speaks to your heart.


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Volunteering at School

The first year I helped was for the Kindergarten Halloween party. I made sugar cookies from scratch for the kids to decorate. I was also totally nervous.