Where to volunteer this Thanksgiving in Orange County

Thanksgiving is almost here and with that comes even more opportunities to give our time and donate goods to those in need. We invite you to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities available to help others during the holidays. Whether it’s donating time, a “Turkey Basket,” or monetary gifts, no act of kindness is too small.

Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities in Orange County

We’ve put together some volunteer opportunities available to us in Orange County. If you see that we’ve missed one, please let us know either by email (LatinaMomsOC@gmail.com) or by leaving a comment below so we can update our list. We would love to help get every volunteer position filled for this holiday. ¡Gracias!

Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities in Orange County

We Give Thanks // Honda Center, Anaheim

More information: http://goo.gl/mR1xH2

The mission of We Give Thanks is to enhance the well being of the less fortunate in Southern California by making ongoing efforts and contributions to their well being. This includes bringing the community together on Thanksgiving Day for a special holiday meal, entertainment, and meeting place.
Age restrictions: Volunteers for Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center must be 14 years or older. Volunteers for Wednesday at the Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Marriott must be 18 years or older. Volunteers for Thursday must be 18 years or older to work in the kitchen area.
Volunteer sign-ups: TBD – first week of November

Someone Cares Kitchen // Costa Mesa

More information: http://goo.gl/OIPMau or call 949-548-8861 x201

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen (Soup Kitchen) provides a daily nutritional meal to homeless, unemployed, working poor families, senior citizens, the unemployed or under-employed, the mentally and physically challenged and most important . the children.
Age restrictions: Minimum 15 years age requirement.

Turkey Trot OC // Tustin

More information: http://turkeytrotoc.com

Participate in the third annual 5k Turkey Trot to raise money to feed the homeless! All children 5 and under can run with an adult FREE of charge! Unregistered children will not receive a race goody bag or bib, but can still participate in all of the fun!
Age restrictions: None

Operation Warm Wishes // Tustin

More information: https://goo.gl/HeSZPD or call 714-363-6621

Operation Warm Wishes will host and serve a FREE 3-course Thanksgiving dinner, with all the trimmings, for all members of the community at Peppertree Park in Tustin. (230 W 1st Street Tustin, CA 92780). Attendees will be able to enjoy an unlimited dessert bar & beverage bar, a LEGO kids tent, live music, a live broadcast of the football game on a large projector screen, and a wide array of amenities including showers,haircuts, clothing, doggy grooming, and much much more! Event runs from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
Age restrictions: None listed

American Family Housing // Westminster

More information: http://goo.gl/33wVta or call (714)897-3221 x121

This very popular service event takes place on Thanksgiving Day from 8am until 5pm, meal service will be from 11:00am-4:00pm. Our goal this year is to serve 1000 turkey dinners to families and individuals in need. As in prior years, it will be held in the Westminster Community Center (8200 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683). These 1 to 4 hour long volunteer slots fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long to look over this sign-up page. Click here to sign up as a Thanksgiving Day volunteer.
Age restrictions: Unaccompanied volunteers must be at least 16 years old

Donations needed

Illumination Foundation // Irvine

More information: https://goo.gl/JL0GKM

To provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in our programs, please collect items to complete a Thanksgiving Dinner! Please deliver all donations to our Irvine office (2691 Richter Ave, Suite 107, Irvine, CA 92606) by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 18th.

Contact Caroline Horstmann at chorstmann@ifhomeless.org for more information.

Project Hope Alliance // Costa Mesa

More information: http://goo.gl/oBuEZR

Support the Thanksgiving Food Drive by bringing in a nonperishable item or donate a $20 gift card for any major grocery store. Drop off by November 14 at 275 Victoria St. #2C, Costa Mesa, CA 92835.

Friendly Center // Orange

More information: http://goo.gl/cKq1c5 or call (714) 769-8869

Collect items and put together a “Turkey Basket.” Each basket/box should contain a $15 gift card to Stater Bros. or Albertson’s to purchase a turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dry potatoes, turkey gravy, candied yams, two cans of green beans, two cans of corn, a bag of dinner rolls, and one pumpkin pie. They then distribute them to families that come line up later that day to recieve. It’s wonderful way to give during a season of thanks. Drop off by November 22, 2016 at 147 W. Rose Ave., Orange or at 900 S. Melrose, Placentia.

South County Outreach // Irvine

More information: http://www.sco-oc.org/volunteer/ or call 949-380-8144, ext. 22

Donate turkeys or grocery store gift cards so people in need can have a happy Thanksgiving.

OC Food Bank // Garden Grove

More information: http://ocfoodbank.org/holiday/ or call (714) 897-6670

Make a $20 donation to purchase a turkey for a hungry family, or buy a “flock of turkeys” to feed more than one family.

Share Our Selves // Costa Mesa

More information: https://goo.gl/HeSZPD or call (949) 270-2171

This Thanksgiving season SOS will be providing a holiday food bags for Orange County families and individuals. The bags will be filled with supplies that can be used to prepare a holiday dinner.

Donations for SOS’ Thanksgiving Food Drive are greatly appreciated and will help make the holidays a little brighter for the Orange County community in need. For more information please click here to view our flyer. Items can be dropped off at Share Our Selves (1550 Superior Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) before November 18th, 2016.

3 comments on Where to volunteer this Thanksgiving in Orange County

  1. Jenny Torres
    11/07/2017 at 4:11 pm (8 months ago)

    me and my daughter wanted to volunteer on thanksgiving this year. She is 14

  2. Heidi
    11/21/2017 at 7:37 am (8 months ago)

    I would like to help feed (serve) people this Thanksgiving in South Orange County. And ideas where I could look into it?


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