10 Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities for 2013

10 Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities for 2013

It seems like turkey day is one of the few times that most people feel like volunteering, which means that usually, Thanksgiving-related volunteer opportunities have more helpers than hungry people. This year, however, a number of local nonprofits still need assistance not just procuring meals -- they also need help with the actual volunteering.

If you're still unable to donate your time, consider donating cash and/or food items to any one of your favorite charities instead, because chances are they can use your help. And, as usual, if you still feel like offering your services for free on Thanksgiving, remember there are people who can always use your help, every day of the year.

10. One Voice Holiday Food Program

Technically, this program is designed to feed families around the holiday season, but given that Thanksgiving has become increasingly absorbed by Christmas, it's OK. You can get started early on the holiday program by purchasing a gift card for $35 or $50, and/or signing up to volunteer to help put together holiday food and gift baskets to take care of 12,500 people across Los Angeles. onevoice-la.org

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9. Toberman Neighborhood Center

The Toberman Neighborhood Center serves families and community members in the Harbor Area, so if you happen to live near Carson, Long Beach or any of the other areas along the Port of Los Angeles, this nonprofit is for you. The annual food drive is happening until Dec. 20. toberman.org.

8. Operation Gobble

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary as one of the city's leading nonprofits with Operation Gobble on Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the food bank's headquarters (south of downtown at 2825 E. 54th St.). The organization needs volunteers to put together Thanksgiving food packages full of nonperishable food items to feed up to 23,000 low-income people across L.A. County. lafoodbank.org

7. Gobble Gobble Give

This national event is one of the best-organized, publicly mobilized, ad hoc Thanksgiving efforts around, serving New York, Las Vegas, Austin and San Francisco, not to mention Los Angeles. Volunteers meet beforehand to assemble care packages with heated meals, plus an assortment of brand-new toiletries, clothing and blankets, too. Everyone is done by 1 p.m., leaving room for volunteers to spend quality time with their own friends and family on Thanksgiving Day. gobblegobblegive.org.

10 Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities for 2013

6. One Incredible Family Inc.

Groups gather at the Westchester Masonic Center in Playa Del Rey for the 20th annual homeless feeding and banner creation on Saturday, Nov. 30. Meal preps begin at 6:30 a.m., followed by assembly and packaging in the afternoon, and finally, delivery in the early evening and cleanup later on. One Incredible Family still needs help with delivery, as well as donations of precooked turkey and pies. oneincrediblefamily.org.

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