Thanksgiving Day: Volunteering At Your Local Soup Kitchen

Thanksgiving Day
There is no better way to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day than to head down to your local soup kitchen to volunteer. If you live in New York City, here are some resources for you. The Bowery Mission is probably the most popular, but there are several other organizations that are well known in the city and that do good work.

The Bowery Mission in New York City: Thanksgiving Volunteer Information. [NOW FULL] You’ll need to fill out an online form to register before you can volunteer.

City Meals On Wheels: Citymeals-on-Wheels’ Senior Centers need your help on Thanksgiving Day. Help PREPARE, SERVE and DELIVER MEALS.

New York Cares: New York Cares has hundreds of different ways that you can make a difference in our city this holiday season.  Help prep and serve a Thanksgiving dinner for the clients of the Yorkville Common Pantry on the Upper East Side.  Check out there blog here. (I’ve participated in several New York Cares events and they are top notch.)

EDIT: More organizations to volunteer at on Thanksgiving Day– Feel free to send me other organizations that I can add to this list.

VolunteerNYC: Opportunities to volunteer (LINK FIXED!) – The Isaiah J. Jones Memorial Foundation will be hosting their third annual Thanksgiving dinner for our homeless. VolunteerNYC lists opportunities with various charities and nonprofits in the NYC area.

Robin HoodVolunteer opportunities.  The following organizations best match your interests. Click on the name of an organization to find out more about the available volunteer opportunities as well as who to contact to get involved.

Hope for NY– Lists many different types of volunteer opportunities in and near New York City.  Please visit there site to browse through the opportunities and RSVP for any that interest you.

  • Put together food boxes (to be delivered to the needy).  Can be done with the family. RSVP HERE.
  • The Bowery Mission.  You won’t be working directly with the homeless but since this is a big operation, there are plenty of opportunities to help with the logistics, planning, and coordination.  The catch is that you have to attend a training on Nov 15.  There are four shifts you can RSVP for: 6:30am-10am9:30am-1pm12:30pm-4pm3:30-7pm.


412 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day: Volunteering At Your Local Soup Kitchen”

  1. Hi, I live in queens, new york and would like to volunteer on thanksgiving day. please contact me. Thanks.

  2. Hi, i live in queens,new york and would like to volunteer at a soup kitchen or hospital on thanksgiving. please contact me. thx.

  3. I would like to volunteer thanskgiving day. I live in suffolk county long island n y .please let me know of places near me that need help.

  4. I would like to volunteer to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless and less fortunate. I live in New Jersey. Are there any places in the Central Jersey area That I can contact?

  5. Hello,
    I, along with my 16 year old daughter, am interested in volunteering for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If anyone know of any places that is in need of help please contact me. Thanx

  6. I would like to volunteer with my daughters on thanksgiving at a local soup kitchen or shelter. I live on eastern long island and would like to know where we can volunteer our time?


  8. I’m apart of a social club looking for a place for me and my girls to help serve food on thanksgiving in NYC or Brooklyn please send me a list of places that need help this year thank you we are called highway bullies sc

  9. I live in hunterdon county NJ. I would love to volunteer to help the homeless or any soup kitchen that needs help in cooking, and serving food. thank you

  10. Hello,

    My fiance and I will be in NYC Timesquare area for Thanksgiving. We would like to volunteer somewhere… Please help. 🙄

  11. My 12-year-old and 11-year-old sons and I would like to help for Thanksgiving in New York city. Please let me know how I can be helpful.

  12. I would like to volunteer as a server or food preparer at a kitchen this thanksgiving. Let me know if there are any openings

  13. My family and I would like to volunteer serving food etc…on Thanksgiving day in the Franklin Mass area, if someone could give a contact name we would appreciate it.

  14. My wife and I would love to volunteer to serve dinner at a location that feeds the homeless, the elderly, or others in need around the Boston area. If anyone has contacts within organizations that do this please provide.

  15. I would love to volunteer on Thanksgiving day
    at a soup kitchen near where I live.
    I live in Hempstead, NY 11550
    Please email location nearest to me asap.
    Thank you

  16. Hi. I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I would like to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day at a soup kitchen to help others less fortunate. Please contact me if there is a need for my time. Thanks you.

  17. please let me know if there is anywhere in north jersey that my 12 year old daughter and i can help some where please . i have a pick up truck if food needs to be delivered .

  18. I would like to help feed the hungry in a soup kitchen any day of the year.

    How can I go about donating my time?

  19. I would deeply appreciate, if you allow myself and a friend to participate in the Thanksgiving meal. She’s coming to New York the very first time and would be a honored to help our Brothers & sisters in need. Thank you.

  20. hello,I want be a volunteer on thanksgiven for serving food, or preparing or deliver let me know asap I live in west-Hempstead long island NY.

  21. I would like to find a place (soup kitchen or other needed place) to volunteer in Western Suffolk, Eastern Nassau for Thanksgiving along with my 16 son. Please let me know my options.

  22. Greetings,

    My name is Fabiola and i would like to volunteer this thankgiving at a hospital, soup kitchen or Community center in NYC or Queens.. feel free to email me at

    Thank you and have a great day,
    Fabiola P

  23. I would like to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, at a Local Soup Kitchen, in the 10467 area, the 10009 area, or the 11233 area;

    I’m hoping to get a response!

    Thank You

  24. My boyfriend and I are interested in volunteering at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving day. We live in Brooklyn, NY. Please contact me asap. Thank you! 🙂

  25. hi i would like to volunteer in bklyn queens or new york helping serve food or prepare meals on thanksgiving day
    thank you and God Bless

  26. I would like to volunteer to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the homeless and less fortunate in Manhattan or Hudson County New Jersey. Please send me an email or call my cell 646-879-4532. Thank you so much.

  27. Hi, I will be visiting Queensvillage (11428) from southern Jersey and me and the family are also looking to volunteer on Thanksgiving day at a soup kitchen near where the family lives.. Please email the nearest locations.
    Thank you in advance…

  28. I live in Kansas city Kansas would like to know where to voluntere for thanksgiving day at a soup kitchen or where ever needed.

  29. please contact me having trouble finding a volunteer situation on thanksgiving day to volunteer

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