Thanksgiving season is all about spending quality time with the ones you love. Unfortunately, not everyone has a big family dinner to enjoy and it’s important to recognize that. This holiday, take some time to give back to your community and spread the love.
There are ample volunteer opportunities all around San Francisco, no matter what your passion is, from food banks to animal shelters, volunteers are always welcome! Read some ways that you can give back, this holiday season:
Serve a meal with GLIDE this Thanksgiving and experience what it’s like to share your love, hope and joy with others. GLIDE is a radically inclusive, just, and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Specifically, between November 23rd – 25th, the organization has volunteer opportunities for you to serve Thanksgiving Dinners to those who would otherwise go without. To support this annual effort, and ensure that no one gets turned away, GLIDE recruits thousands of volunteers every year. However, if their volunteer needs have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day!
For 45 years, the Raphael House has been at the forefront of providing Bay Area families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, personalized family-centered solutions they need to build brighter futures.
Every year, the Raphael House holds their annual Fall Family Fundraiser and Festival, called Gobble & Give. Making a difference can be as simple as showing up at the Golden Gate Park on November 12th, for their fun-filled day. The best part is, it’s the perfect opportunity for your kids to learn about the importance of giving back.
The support from that day will go directly into providing personalized case management, career development, education for children, and the tools needed for a family to achieve stable housing and financial independence. To learn more about the organization and event, visit their website here.
Rocket Dog Rescue
If you have a spot for furry friends in your heart, this opportunity is perfect for you! This Thanksgiving, you can help fulfill Rocket Dog Rescue’s mission of a truly no-kill community for homeless and abandoned dogs in the Bay Area. Located in the San Francisco, Bay Area, the organization is fully volunteer-run and dependent on the community’s help to make a difference. In the past 15 years alone, they have given over 7,800 animals a second chance at life!
Share some love with these animals this thanksgiving by volunteering at their Sanctuary or even helping out at one of their adoptions events! Visit them on their website to learn more about their organization, and what they do!
Whether it will be your 1st time volunteering or your 100th time, experiencing the difference you can make in a someone else’s life is truly rewarding. With so many things to be thankful for and so many great opportunities in the area, we really encourage you and your family to help out this Thanksgiving! From our family to yours, we’d like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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