Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities in Westchester
There are many food families who are experiencing food scarcity and insecurity in Westchester. As we are getting ready for Thanksgiving, many organizations offer volunteer opportunities as well as ways to support with a financial donation. Read on to check out our list of current and on-going opportunities right in our backyard.
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 1,000 Westchester residents in partnership with a variety of 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 to purchase these items. CCNW, 84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536, 914-232-6572.
HOPE Community Services (New Rochelle)
For Thanksgiving, HOPE provides turkeys in their food pantry, take-home cooked meals, and they serve a Thanksgiving meal in their soup kitchen. Volunteers have to be 12 years old and up. Sign up online for various opportunities at hopecommunityservices.org/volunteer.
Sunday, November 20th
2022 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 a conversation. Through the program, volunteers pick and deliver a Thanksgiving meal on November 20th to an assigned older adult. They then follow up with phone call. Volunteers are required to attend a Zoom orientation on Friday, November 18 at 12:30pm to participate. DOROT Westchester, 925 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY.
Deliver and Distribute Meals for Hospitalized Children (Valhalla)
Give back and donate your time to The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley. They provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families with critically ill or traumatically injured children. Volunteers are needed to distribute meals from the Ronald McDonald House to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, then distribute to the families of hospitalized children. Volunteers should be 16 years of age or older and give back with two 3-hour shifts per month. Reach out to Ashlyn Hay at [email protected] for more information about volunteering.
Sunday, November 20th from 11:30am-1:30pm
Annual Turkey Give (Port Chester)
Participate in the 3rd Annual Turkey Give organized by The Giver’s Hand. The goal of the event is to provide turkeys for the community, as well as to fill bags with everyday essentials such as socks, lotion, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, etc. Participate by donating here, or attend in person. Port Chester Village Hall Parking lot, 222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester NY 10573.
Food Donation until November 21st
People To People (Nanuet)
People to People, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, is organizing a food donation from now until November 21st. They are collecting canned goods and non-perishable items to help fight hunger in the community. To participate, donate to any of their Westchester and Rockland County office locations. The organization is the largest hunger-relief organization in Rockland county that provides 1,300 households with food. They also always need volunteers to stock pantry shelves, pack grocery bags, organize and display donated clothing, assist with data entry, and more. People to People, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet NY 10954, 845.623.4900.
2022 Holiday Dinner Food Drive (White Plains)
The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester is hosting their annual Holiday Food Drive. 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 such as turkeys, hams, chicken stock, canned goods, water, rice, oil, and more. Items can be drop them off between 8:00am-4:00pm from Monday- Friday at the following locations: 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 (smaller than five pounds), condensed or evaporated milk, and hot cocoa . Families can organize a drive in their school or neighborhood to help make the holidays special for families in our community. Items can be dropped off at the pantry in Mount Kisco. For additional information on any of these activities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: [email protected] United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, 300 East Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY 10549, 914-610-5187.