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Where to Volunteer in Minneapolis and St. Paul at Thanksgiving

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Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving Meals

Want to help local families with their Thanksgiving meal? It's as simple as picking up some grocery items and bringing them to the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul. Donating a bag with these non-perishable ingredients before november 22 will help make a local family's Thanksgiving dinner.

Or, volunteer to help make and serve a Thanksgiving dinner at the Union Gospel Mission.

NorthPoint Health and Wellness Thanksgiving Food Delivery, Minneapolis

NorthPoint Health and Wellness is looking for volunteers to distribute frozen turkeys and Thanksgiving side dishes to families around North Minneapolis.

Good Samaritan Society Holiday Volunteers, Twin Cities

The Good Samaritan Society provides shelter and support services for seniors. Help out by putting up holiday decorations, accompanying seniors on holiday shopping trips, and spending time with seniors, many of whom don't have family near.

Lyngblomsten Holiday Volunteers, St. Paul

Lyngblomsten, a senior residential home and support services non-profit, welcomes volunteers to help seniors make holiday gifts, tree ornaments and cards, wrap gifts, bake cookies, and generally spread seasonal cheer.

Second Harvest Heartland Volunteers

Second Harvest Heartland is a food bank serving thousands of Twin Cities residents, and they need many hands to help with organizing and distributing food to needy people.

Enjoy the Holidazzle Parade and Holiday Lights

During the Holidazzle Parades in Minneapolis, the Emergency Food Shelf Network will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations, and for every dollar and every pound of food, Ameriprise Financial will make a matching donation to the food bank.

The annual Lights in the Park in St. Paul's Phalen Park is a display composed of over a million animated lights. Entry to drive through the park and see all the displays is $8-$10, depending on which day you visit, but all profits are donated to local food banks.

More Ways To Volunteers during the Holidays

If you want to serve a holiday dinner, check with your local churches and community organizations to see if they are serving a holiday meal.

If you'd like to donate food for a holiday dinner, food banks across the metro area will be glad to accept non-perishable holiday foods, but in good time, to ensure that they can be given to needy families in time for Thanksgiving.

Or, plan ahead for Christmas. How about donating a toy which will go to a child who may otherwise not have a gift to open on Christmas morning? Toys for Tots has over 100 toy drop-off locations in the Twin Cities for new, unwrapped toys.

How About Not Volunteering This Holiday Season?

The holidays are the most popular time of year to volunteer. In fact, many volunteer opportunities fill almost as soon as they are announced.

How about making a commitment to volunteer your time next year, when there's just as much demand on social services, but far fewer volunteers? Committing a few hours a month for the next year will be just as helpful to our community, there's a much wider range of opportunities available, and searching for an volunteer placement will be one less things to do during this busy holiday season. Just remember what you pledged to do, once the new year is here. Volunteer Match is a great place to start looking for an organization that would love the skills and enthusiasm you have to offer.

Happy Holidays!

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