Here’s where you can volunteer for Thanksgiving in Harris County


For those looking to give back for the holidays, here are a number of opportunities around Harris County:

Nov. 22-23: Work with Operation Turkey packaging meals for the homeless

Volunteers smoke more than 300 turkeys and accept food and clothing donations at the Turkey Tailgate on Nov. 22. On Nov. 23, volunteers package and deliver food to homeless people in the surrounding area. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (Nov. 22), 8 a.m.-noon (Nov. 23). Grace Presbyterian Church, 10221 Ella Lee Lane, Houston (Nov. 22). P.F. Chang’s, 18250 Hwy. 249, Houston (Nov. 23).

Nov. 23: Help out during the TXU Energy BakerRipley Turkey Trot

With more than 15,000 registrants, about 500 volunteers are needed to pull off this annual event benefiting Neighborhood Centers’ seniors and youth populations. Individuals, families and groups are welcome to help with race day registration, water stops, set-up, clean-up and more. Register here. 6 a.m.

Nov. 23: Volunteer at the 36th Annual Thanksgiving Big Feast

City Wide Club needs volunteers for their annual Thanksgiving Super Feast, a freshly prepared dinner assisting those in need of jobs, housing, clothing, household goods and medical assistance. 10 a.m. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston. 731-752-2582.

Nov. 23: Serve seniors with Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston

Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston is giving 11,000 meals out to senior citizens on Thanksgiving through its Meals on Wheels program. Donate funds or sign up as a delivery driver on the website. 7:30. First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main St., Houston. 713-533-4900.

Volunteer with the Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank is offering several opportunities to cook and serve food, stock products, prepare areas for teaching sessions and more. People as young as 13 can volunteer.

Lend a hand to a local assistance ministry

Assistance ministries across the Greater Houston area are in need of volunteers for various initiatives during the holiday season. Reach out to a ministry in your area to learn more about how you can help. Ministries with ongoing holiday initiatives include the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, West Houston Assistance Ministires, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Cypress Assistance Ministries and Northwest Assistance Ministries.

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