Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and as always it’s a great time to gather with friends and family and reflect on all the things in life to be grateful for. But if you would like to extend your gratitude outward, by helping out others less fortunate, there are plenty of options in the Washington D.C. area. Here are a few places you may consider volunteering with.
SOME (So Others Might Eat) is a D.C-based charity that has been serving the area’s homeless and poor for over 40 years. This year they’re having their 11th annual Turkey Day Trot for hunger, which is a great way to work up a healthy appetite for your own meal later in the day. They are also taking donations of non-perishable food and volunteers. For more information, visit their site.
Food & Friends is a non-profit who provide specialized meals and nutrition counseling to men, women and children living with HIV, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Right now if you purchase a pie for your own Thanksgiving meal, your money will feed a person in need for a day. Not a bad way to make your dessert pull double duty.
If you want to volunteer your time by serving a feast to others, the Community for Creative Non-Violence is looking for help on Thanksgiving Day. The CCNV provides basic care for the homeless and poor, and anyone interested in helping out for the dinner can call 202-393-1909.
The Capital Area Food Bank is a non-profit that provides food to those in need. For the Thanksgiving season they’re running a campaign called “Bringing in the Birds with Bucks”, with the goal of providing meals for 3900 needy senior citizens.
Whatever you decide to do with your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you and yours all the best.