For many families and individuals across Virginia, Thanksgiving is a difficult holiday. Many families don't have the resources for a meal, and many are without a home. There are a number of opportunities for you to serve on Thanksgiving to help these community members.
- Visit AllforGood.org for a searchable database of more opportunities at http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/volunteering/volunteer-opportunities/, searching under criteria “meals” or “serve meals”.
- For a list of Volunteer Centers across the state, visit http://virginiaservice.virginia.gov/volunteering/volunteer-centers/. These sites can provide you with information on ways to serve near your.
- In Central Virginia, contact the Richmond area’s Volunteer Center at HandsOn Greater Richmond, 7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 101, Richmond, VA 23225, 804-330-7027, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.handsonrva.org/. Search for the most recent listings by criteria “meals”.
- The Virginia Homeless Shelter Directory also offers a database of Soup Kitchens, Food Banks, and Food Pantries at https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/VAfoodbanks.html.
- The Giving Heart hosts a large scale Thanksgiving food prep and service event and is looking for volunteers at https://www.thegivingheart.org/general-information/.
- Eventbrite has a list of planned Thanksgiving service opportunities at https://www.eventbrite.com/d/va--richmond/volunteer-thanksgiving/.
- For a list of food banks around Virginia, visit http://vafoodbanks.org/.
- FeedMore, Central Virginia’s largest food bank, also offers opportunities for you to serve meals at various sites, and is always looking for Meals on Wheels assistance.
- Other organizations with meal service include the Salvation Army, Richmond Friends of the Homeless, Red Door Ministry, and CARITAS.
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