Thanksgiving tends to get people thinking about others in need. If you’re in Dallas looking for something to keep you busy in your extra time off, we happen to know a couple of places where you can lend a hand to those less fortunate.
The first thing that comes to mind when people want to volunteer over the holidays is working in a “soup kitchen.” While this is great, everybody has the same idea and the opportunities tend to fill up. You can check with Care Center Ministries to see if they still have spots left; they put on a big Thanksgiving dinner every year and need about 300 volunteers. Even if you can’t get in on Thanksgiving Day, check with The Stewpot, the kitchen that operates with downtown Dallas’ Bridge Homeless Recovery Center. They need help serving meals 3 times a day, 365 days a year, so you can still help out over the course of the holiday season.
The Ronald McDonald House also has ample volunteer opportunities around the holidays. They are running the Trains at NorthPark Center and need volunteers to greet visitors and monitor the exhibit. They also operate the Angel trees.
The Hope Center is also in constant need of volunteers for all kinds of tasks, from sorting clothes to answering phone calls and even data entry. You can also donate a turkey (especially if you’re one of those that ends up with a few after all the free turkey specials at the grocery stores) and you can even “adopt a family” for a simple $25 donation.
If you want some community involvement but are looking for something a little lighter in spirit, check if they still need volunteers at the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot as the proceeds always go to a good cause.