2023 Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities in Westchester
There are many families who are experiencing food scarcity and insecurity in Westchester. As we are getting close to Thanksgiving, many local organizations are seeking volunteers to help distribute and prepare Thanksgiving dinners. Additionally, families of teens can participate together in working with non-profits and local organizations in collecting food, hosting food drives, and/or providing a monetary donation. Read on to check out a list of some of the current and on-going opportunities right in our backyard.
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Feeding Westchester (Elmsford)
Feeding Westchester is always in need of donations and volunteers all-year long. This includes options to host a fundraiser, provide funds, or donate food. Additionally, check out the website to learn more how to sign up. 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford, NY 10523
Family Services of Westchester (Purchase)
Families can purchase a Thanksgiving In a Box, which will provide a full Thanksgiving meal to a family in need. The goal of the program is to feed 800 Westchester families, in partnership with some local churches. Family Services of Westchester, 2975 Westchester Avenue, Suite 401, Purchase, NY 10577.
Holiday Food Drive (Katonah)
Every year the Community Center of Northern Westchester collects food and monetary donations as a part of their annual Holiday Food Drive. They are currently collecting frozen turkeys, frozen roaster chickens, sugar, vegetable or olive oil, coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate, turkey breasts, and more. Bring your items to the center, or you can provide a monetary donation. CCNW, 84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536, 914-232-6572.
HOPE Community Services (New Rochelle)
For Thanksgiving, HOPE Community Services is collecting food for their upcoming Thanksgiving Day drive. This includes turkeys, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn bread mix, and more. Collections are accepted every Monday-Friday from 10:00am-3:00pm. Additionally, they are also accepting volunteers to help out with community dinners as well as in their food pantry. Note: volunteers must be 12 years old and up. Sign up online for various opportunities at hopecommunityservices.org/volunteer. 50 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY.
Give back and donate your time to The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley. Incredibly, they provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families with critically ill or traumatically injured children. Volunteers are needed to distribute meals to families of hospitalized children. Additionally, volunteers should be 16 years of age or older and give back with two three-hour shifts per month. Reach out to Ashlyn Hay at [email protected] for more information about volunteering.
Food Donation until November 16th
People To People (Nanuet)
People to People, Rockland County’s largest hunger relief non profit organization, is currently in need of cranberry sauce for their Talk Turkey program and food donation. They are also accepting monetary donations. Additionally, they are seeking food donations. This includes turkey, potatoes, canned corn, seasoning, gravy, and stuffing. Finally, they are always in need volunteers to stock pantry shelves, pack grocery bags, organize donated clothing, assist with data entry, and more. People to People, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet NY 10954.
Thursday, November 16th from 11:00am-1:00pm
2023 Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution (Port Chester)
The Carver Center is seeking volunteers to give out Thanksgiving groceries to their clients. All volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Additionally, volunteers must be able to pack and lift grocery bags. Coffee and snacks will be provided to volunteers. The Carver Center, 400 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573
Sunday, November 18th from 11:00am-1:00pm
4th Annual Turkey Give (Port Chester)
Participate in the 3rd Annual Turkey Give organized by The Giver’s Hand. The goal is to provide free turkeys to the community. Additionally, they want to provide everyday essentials to families. This includes socks, lotion, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, etc. Finally, participate by donating here, or in person. Port Chester Village Hall Parking lot, 222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester NY 10573.
Sunday, November 19th
2023 Thanksgiving Package Delivery and Friendly Chat For Seniors (White Plains)
Give back and support DOROT’s annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery service. They provide companionship to older adults and volunteers via conversation. Through the program, volunteers are assigned older adult. They will then deliver a Thanksgiving meal on November 19th and follow-up with a visit or phone call. All volunteers must be over 18. DOROT Westchester, 925 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY.
Holiday Dinner Food Drive (White Plains)
The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester is hosting their annual Holiday Food Drive. Incredibly, this drive prepares dinners for its 193 residents as well restocks the food pantry. They are looking for volunteers to donate a variety of items. This includes turkeys, hams, chicken stock, canned goods, water, rice, oil, and more. Finally, items can be drop them off between 8:00am-4:00pm from Monday- Friday. Drop-off locations include: YWCA Women’s Residence, 69 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10603 or YWCA Activity Center, 515 North Street, White Plains, NY 10603.
Interfaith Food Pantry (Mount Kisco)
Parents and kids can give back and donate to aid the Interfaith Food Pantry. They are always looking for people to help collect food, assist guests with choosing food, shelving, packing lunches, and more. Families can also sponsor a food drive.
During the holidays, they are looking for two-pound boxes of sugar white or brown, flour, condensed or evaporated milk, and hot cocoa. Additionally, families can organize a drive in their school or neighborhood. For additional information on any of these activities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at: [email protected] United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, 300 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549, 914-610-5187.