The spirit of giving is never lost in the Houston community. It’s a known fact: when things get tough, Houstonians can help each other. Now that the holiday season is just around the corner, our neighbors need our help more than ever, as does another surge in Covid-19 cases. Here are a few places Houston people can use virtual and personal volunteering to add a little more fun to this Thanksgiving Day.
United Way of Greater Houston
This Thanksgiving season, the United Way of Greater Houston is welcoming virtual volunteers for its days of action. Through November 20, Houston residents and the local area can volunteer at home for projects such as preparing Thanksgiving meal kits, vacation craft kits, vacation hygiene kits, and writing virtual encouragement notes. People can also donate financially when they don’t have time for a project. After the projects are complete, volunteers can send their articles to the nearest United Way partner agency by mail or post. Sign up here.
Interfaith ministries’ meals on wheels
Meals on Wheels’ annual Thanksgiving morning event will look different this year. But Interfaith Ministries and its group of volunteers are still determined to venture across the virtual river and online forests to feed seniors and create the vacation joy in the greater Houston and Galveston areas. Interfaith offers five ways to give something back this season: Volunteers can call friendly neighbors on Thanksgiving morning or “adopt” a senior and give them the supplies they need in secret Christmas gift bags. The Gobble Gobble Gang provides pet food for the furry companions of seniors and the Friendsgiving team encourages everyone to start a peer-to-peer donation group. Your last option? Donate of course. Find out more here.
Operation Turkey, officially operating in Houston since 2013, continues its mission to help those in need. This year, the Austin-based statewide organization hopes to serve 75,000 meals. The day before Thanksgiving, volunteers are required to prepare and package the food that will be delivered the next day. Volunteers are required to arrive at one of the various “Turkey tailgate” locations at 8am, wearing comfortable clothes and closed shoes. When signing up to volunteer, Houstonians can choose what they want to do, such as: B. Cooking, cleaning, delivering, packing or coating.
Houston Food Bank
This year, the Houston Food Bank needs volunteers to pack quarantine kits and help pack and distribute food. Even after Thanksgiving, Houstonians can help out with the Share Your Holiday event from November 30th to December 5th. Donate red barrel groceries at your local grocery store or make your donation on December 4th during the Food Bank’s Live Event with ABC13 Volunteer Branch of Houston Food Bank East, 535 Portwall St. Telephone Bank Volunteers are also required to Sign people for grocery boxes on vacation. Register here for a volunteer work or donate money here.
Kids’ Meals has been working since 2006 to feed children who are not old enough for kindergarten and too young to have free breakfast and lunch through their schools. This year, volunteers are needed to help with loading delivery trucks with groceries and packing lunches, among other things. You can also join and donate to various Holiday Hope 2020 programs, including a Christmas gift card, a gift for stockings, and the ability to decorate large delivery bags for Thanksgiving meals.