Houston Thanksgiving 2013: Where to Volunteer

Even if you’re new to Houston and have just moved away from friends and family, there’s no need to be alone on Thanksgiving. Your new city is a friendly, vibrant, multifaceted community, and there’s no better time than the holiday season to get out and meet your new neighbors. Our post from Thanksgiving 2010 gives ideas for connecting with new people, including asking coworkers or classmates to join you for dinner, or dining out at one of Houston’s many world-class restaurants. One of the best ways to connect with your Houston community is to lend a helping hand to a worthy cause. Here’s how to find Houston volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving 2013:


Community Feedings




Charity Runs/Walks and Fun Runs/Walks

If running is your way of joining with your community, check the Houston Running Calendar for events that appeal to you. Several runs and walks are happening in Houston on or near Thanksgiving Day, and some raise money for worthy local charities, including the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, and the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot, which raises money for Sheltering Arms Senior Services and Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Support a cause by running or walking, or contact the organizers of the run or walk that interests you, and find out how to volunteer to make the race a success.


Other Opportunities

To find out about other Houston volunteering opportunities, at Thanksgiving or at any time of the year, visit Volunteermatch.org. Their well-organized database lets you search for Houston volunteer work by neighborhood and area of interest (like education, animals, children and youth, the environment, or the homeless). There are opportunities available for kids and families, too.

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