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:
- The Citywide Club of Clubs sponsors free community feasts on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve every year, and they need volunteers to help serve the meal. They are also collecting donations of food for the feasts, as well as items to be given to needy individuals and families, including winter coats, school uniforms, bedding and other household goods, and toys.
- The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Garden Club Ministries hosts a Thanksgiving feast for anyone and everyone—the homeless, poor and needy people, and people who are doing fine financially, but would like to join the Houston community for a holiday meal. They accept volunteers and tax-deductible cash donations.
- If you’d like to help bring meals directly to people in need all over the Houston area, consider volunteering for Interfaith Ministries Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving Day.
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.
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.
Posted by Melanie Belasco Levy on 11/14/13