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Volunteer Opportunities on Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Union Station Homeless Services

Union Station Adult Services

412 S. Raymond Ave.

Pasadena, CA

(626) 240-4550


This uplifting community event provides hundreds of holiday meals and hope for all who attend, including homeless men, women, children, seniors, very low-income families, and those with no place to go during the holidays. With your help, the impact of this event in the community will be huge!

Los Angeles Mission

303 E. 5th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 629-1227


The annual events hosted Los Angeles Mission make for great volunteering. This year, make a difference by helping to feed the hungry and homeless. By either donating or volunteering, you can be part of the solution and make a huge difference to those who need your help the most. Vital to the heart of the LA Mission, volunteers can choose from a variety of events. Visit www.losangelesmission.org for more information.

The Midnight Mission

601 S San Pedro St,

Los Angeles, CA 90014

(213) 624-9258


Midnight Mission is perhaps one of the most highly regarded organizations of its kind and every Angeleno hopes to volunteer at one point or another; volunteers who don’t make the cut for Thanksgiving only need to wait a month to participate in the Christmas Brunch held on Christmas Day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no minimum age requirement which makes this the perfect choice for families looking to bring even the youngest ones along! Midnight Mission provides a holiday meal to thousands of LA’s most impoverished. While volunteers serve up plates, Santa Claus and his helpers provide toys to children in need.

Big Sunday (Big Sunday’s 5th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event)

6111 Melrose Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90038

(213) 629-1227


Big Sunday operates under the belief that “everyone has some way that they can help somebody else.” They offer multiple ways to donate, pitch in, and help. You can participate in a community activity, donate (new or used items or cash), and check their online calendar for upcoming special events because volunteering isn’t limited to just the holiday season. One upcoming event is Big Sunday’s 5th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event on Wednesday, November 23rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Volunteers enjoy music and being in the company of other giving people as they fill bags with holiday food. (Last year, 800 volunteers packed 2,000 bags).

VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration)

11301 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90073

(213) 629-1227


For over thirty years, the Westside Community Celebration has been making Thanksgiving a holiday that all can enjoy. Everyone is welcome to the Celebration, and the Celebration relies on donations and volunteers to be successful. Families can help in many ways — by donating food, clothing, funds; helping to sort donated items; serving and cleaning up. Check the website for information on how to sign up to volunteer and help at this special event.

Fred Jordan Missions

445 Towne Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 489-7763


Volunteers Needed at 7:30 a.m.

Service & Dinner at 10:00 a.m.

Fred Jordan Missions has been providing food and other needed resources to the United States and all over the world by founding orphanages, schools, missions and hospitals to care for the needy. To be a part of this effort to help those in need, join the Fred Jordan Missions’ Thanksgiving Street Banquet. It is a wonderful experience that will benefit thousands of people. Members of the community will come together to feed thousands of homeless people for this holiday celebration. Families with few resources will be served a hearty turkey dinner with meal sides and refreshments. Volunteers help make this annual event successful by working as greeters, helping set up, assist with preparing meals, and clean up. Volunteers can take a morning or afternoon shift.

St. Athanasius at the Cathedral Center of St. Paul

840 Echo Park Ave.,

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 482- 2040


The congregation sponsors a food bank linked with the Los Angeles Food bank that serves over 300 people each Friday, and offers a food distribution for Seniors on the third Thursday of each month. Volunteers from the congregation and the community work in the Food bank each week. For further information, contact Francisco Torrero.

Union Rescue Mission

545 S San Pedro St,

Los Angeles, CA 90013

213) 347-6300


Thanksgiving and Christmas can be difficult for families experiencing homelessness. But for 27 years, Union Rescue Mission’s Christmas Store has brought joy into their lives when they needed it most.

Westside Thanksgiving

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 394-3153


We have over three decades of tradition serving the community a wonderful free sit-down Thanksgiving dinner. We also provide free haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, medical, optical, and dental services, vaccination, a resource fair, and a children’s carnival.

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The Echo

1822 W Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

(310) 394-3153


On Thanksgiving morning, volunteers will come together to gather dry goods, box warm food, and walk the streets of their community to hand out care packages to homeless individuals and families.

Closed Eyes Open Heart

The Good Seed

2814 W. Martin Luther King Jr.. Blvd.

Los Angeles,CA 90008


This Thanksgiving Closed Eyes Open Heart is collaborating with The Good Seed in Los Angeles to provide their transitional aged homeless male clients and staff with a special Thanksgiving. We will be providing the food, desert, drinks and entertainment for day. Volunteers will arrive a couple hours before event for prep and set-up for the event. We strongly encourage the volunteers to purchase a Closed Eyes Open Heart T-shirt for the event to help our volunteers to look uniform and committed. We at Closed Eyes Open Heart want to thank you in advance and encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments, concerns or donations.