Thanksgiving 2012 – Volunteer Opportunities in Los Angeles


Here is a list of volunteer opportunities in the Los Angeles area for Thanksgiving 2012. Many of the places still need volunteers and donations of food, sleeping bags, and other necessities.


Thanksgiving 2012 Volunteer Opportunities

Food on Foot

Serving Location:
Gay and Lesbian Center Parking Lot
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Food on Foot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.  They distribute food and clothing every Sunday and are in need of volunteers to donate an hour of their time on one or more Sundays throughout the year.  Food on Foot also offers a Thanksgiving program.  The Thanksgiving Day volunteers are required to donate $100 per person (club members exempt).  Use the volunteer signup page to register.


Los Angeles Mission

Los Angeles Mission’s annual Thanksgiving celebration will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.  Volunteers will dish up thousands of Thanksgiving meals and distribute blankets and tarps for the cold season.  To make a donation visit  Or contribute a gift-in-kind need.


Union Rescue Mission

Help the Union Rescue Mission serve 150,000 meals this Thanksgiving season.  To donate items or money to the Union Rescue Mission visit their donation page.  For information about volunteering throughout the year visit their Volunteer FAQ page.


Union Station Homeless Services

Union Station’s Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park brings a warm meal to over 7,000 homeless or low income men, women, and children.  The volunteer openings for Thanksgiving 2012 are currently closed.  Please consider donating food or other items for the event.  Download the Thanksgiving Most Wanted list for more information.  To volunteer at other times throughout the year visit the How to Volunteer page.


Westside Food Bank

The Westside Food Bank is holding their 1st annual turkey drive in 2012.  To donate to the fundraiser click here.


Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration

Serving Location:
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Westside Thanksgiving Celebration provides a free day of services including Thanksgiving Dinner, medical/eye consultations, haircuts, and clothing distributions.  It is held on Thanksgiving Day from 11 am – 3pm in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.  They rely on volunteers and donations from the local community and are looking for volunteers and donations of clothing, food, drinks, and sleeping bags.  For a complete list of items they need click here.  They are also still looking for post-production volunteers to sort and store equipment, distribute leftovers, load trucks, and take down decorations.  Sign up here.  For more information visit



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