Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

These opportunities are reserved for volunteers from our partner churches (Redeemer Presbyterian, Trinity Baptist, and Apostles) and their friends.


If you are not connected to our partner churches and interested in volunteering, please feel free to contact our affiliate organizations directly to learn of their volunteer needs. 

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Thanksgiving Week Opportunities

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! All of our volunteer opportunities are now full.


Registration is now FULL for these events below. 

Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter // Prep for Thanksgiving Meal (Upper East Side) Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 from 1:00 to 6:00PM. Volunteers will be washing, chopping, cooking, packaging and storing food and helping with clean up. If you want to volunteer the entire time, make sure to RSVP for BOTH shifts:

RSVP HERE for 11/26 | Shift 1 (1:00 - 3:00PM) RSVP | Shift 2 (3:00 - 6:00PM) RSVP - BOTH SHIFTS on 11/26 ARE NOW FULL

RSVP HERE for 11/27 | Shift 1 (1:00 - 3:00PM) RSVP | Shift 2 (3:00 - 6:00PM) RSVP BOTH SHIFTS on 11/27 ARE NOW FULL

Bowery Mission Women’s Center //  Thanksgiving Dinner (Upper East Side) Monday, November 18th, 4:30-7:30PM Female volunteers needed to help with set-up/decorating, serving the catered food, bringing a dessert, and clean-up. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Cru Inner City // Help Pack Boxes of Love (Long Island City)

Saturday, November 23rd, Four Shifts:  9:00am-10:30am, 11:00am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:30pm (LIC); 
Help pack Boxes of Love filled with Thanksgiving meals for Cru Inner City's annual outreach! These boxes will be distributed by over 100 of Cru's partner-ministries, as they share the gospel with needy inner-city families throughout the NY metropolitan area. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Bowery Mission Transitional Center //  Pre-Thanksgiving Preparation (Lower East Side)
Monday, 11/25, Tuesday, 11/26 & Wednesday, 11/27, 6:30-8:30PM
Help the cooks at the Bowery Mission Transitional Center prepare their Thanksgiving Meal by getting the turkeys ready to serve to their community.  4 volunteers needed each night. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Bowery Mission // Thanksgiving Week Dinners (Lower East Side)
November 25, 26, 27 from 5:45pm-8:00pm
The Bowery Mission needs volunteers to serve dinner during Thanksgiving week! In November  12 volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a hearty holiday meal to homeless men. You must be at least 14 years of age to volunteer with Bowery Mission Meals.  REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Living Waters // Help Prepare for Thanksgiving (Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Wednesday, November 27, 7-9PM
Help prepare Living Waters for their big Thanksgiving meal by decorating or sorting and preparing the donated food. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL.

NYC Relief Bus // Special Thanksgiving Outreach (East Harlem)
Saturday, November 23, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Serve a Thanksgiving meal to those in need. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Redeemer West Side: Thanksgiving Event
Saturday, Nov 23 7:00am-12:00pm (W83rd Ministry Center)
17 adult volunteers are needed to serve as supervisors for each area of the packing process. Redeemer West Side Children’s Ministry will be decorating and packing boxes of love to be filled with Thanksgiving meals to give to Here's Life Inner City & HFNY affiliates. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL.

Inwood House // Thanksgiving Crafts with Pregnant and Parenting Teens
Saturday, November 16 from 12:30PM-2:30PM
Help lead a special holiday arts & crafts project for pregnant and parenting teens and their babies at Inwood House. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Project FIND // Thanksgiving Day Preparation

Wednesday, Nov. 27 from 3PM-6PM
Project FIND serves low to middle-income seniors in NYC. Help cut pies, pack bags, and set-up for Thanksgiving Day food distribution at one of two locations. Family friendly! REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

DeWitt Nursing Home // Thanksgiving Worship Service

Sunday, November 24, 2-4PM
Join us and help lead worship through singing or playing an instrument, reading scripture, participating in a craft, and taking time to visit residents after the service. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Isaiah 58 // Performers Needed for Thanksgiving Concert
Saturday, November 23 from 7:00-9:00pm
Individuals or groups needed to perform up to 5 various acts at a special concert for Bailey-Holt House residents in the West Village. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Thanksgiving Day Opportunities (November 28)

All Angels' Church // Prepare and Serve a Thanksgiving Meal (W. 80th)

November 28 - 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Volunteers needed to help prepare, serve and interact with guests (both homeless and homed). Volunteers will also set up the Christmas giving Tree, which involves writing up gift tags and decorating the tree. RSVP HERE.

Living Waters // Thanksgiving Day Meal (Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Volunteers needed to help serve and celebrate Thanksgiving with the community! RSVP: Shift 1: 9:30AM-12PM | Shift 2: 12PM-2:30PM Registration full 

The Salvation Army // Thanksgiving Day Meal (East Harlem)
Thanksgiving Day, November 28 from 10AM to 3PM
Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve food, and clean up at TSA's Thanksgiving celebration with the community. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

The Bowery Mission // Hospitality Volunteers (Lower East Side)
Thanksgiving Day, November 28, Four Shifts: 6:30am-10:00am; 9:30am-1:00pm; 12:30pm-4:00pm; 3:30-7:00pm All volunteers are required to attend an one-hour training for this role on Thursday, November 21 from  6:30-7:30pm
Volunteers needed to help other volunteers who have registered to serve for the day, coordinating logistics and registration for volunteers. Please note that hospitality volunteers will not be working directly with the homeless; however, they will play a very important role in order to make sure that other volunteers are prepared serve and therefore that homeless guests are served best throughout the day. Please click on the link to RSVP for one of the following shifts:  6:30am-10am, 9:30am-1pm; 12:30pm-4pm; 3:30-7pm. REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL

Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter // Thanksgiving Day Clean-up and serve dessert. Thanksgiving Day, November 28

Volunteers are needed to help with setting up and cleaning up for the Thanksgiving Meal. Volunteers are also needed to serve dessert to residents and their families for one hour. To volunteer for the entire day you need to RSVP for all shifts.

Serve Dessert (3:30 - 4:30PM) | RSVP - (FULL)

Clean-Up (3:30 - 6:00PM) | RSVP -(FULL)

Project FIND // Thanksgiving Day Dinner 
Thanksgiving Day, November 28
Project FIND serves low to middle-income seniors in NYC. They serve over 1,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day and deliver 600 bags of food to the homebound elderly. There are multiple ways to serve at two different sites!


Clinton Senior Center, West 55 St from 9:30AM-11:30AM

  • Sandwich Room: (Family Friendly) Make sandwiches that will go into care kits for the homebound. Ages 10 and older, must be supervised by a parent. 
  • Meal Inspectors: Ensure that those delivering the homebound care kits have complete meals and the proper number of bags for their deliveries.
  • Homebound Escorts: Deliver meals on foot to homebound seniors.

Coffeehouse, West 42 St from 9:00AM - 1:00PM

  • Sandwich Room: (Family Friendly) Make sandwiches that will go into care kits for the homebound. Ages 10 and older, must be supervised by a parent.
  • Meal Inspectors: Ensure that those delivering the homebound care kits have complete meals and the proper number of bags for their deliveries.
  • Homebound Escorts: Deliver meals on foot to homebound seniors.
  • Breakfast Hosts: Distribute bags to guests and greet/engage with guests.
  • Sign In Desk: Help volunteers sign in, received their name tags, and know where to go for their position.

Hamilton Senior Center, West 73rd St from 10:00AM-12:30PM

  • Wait Staff: Set the tables and serve the meal to the guests.