Volunteering on Thanksgiving

One of the most cherished ways to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends is to give thanks and give back to your community.

The Governor’s Office of Community Service would like to remind others about the many opportunities to serve the community on or around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Here are just a few ways to get involved:

1. Serve dinner at a homeless shelter
Homeless shelters need donations, as well as volunteers to prepare and serve food on Thanksgiving Day. Find a list of homeless shelters in Montana here.

2. Deliver a meal through Meals on Wheels
For those who are unable to join family or friends on Thanksgiving, consider bringing them a meal through the Meals on Wheels program. Find a Meals on Wheels program here.

3. Deliver a meal to public service officials working on Thanksgiving
Deliver a meal to your local fire station or police department to show your thanks for the people on duty.

4. Visit a hospital
Spend time with sick patients at the hospital by reading a book, playing cards, or drawing turkey hands in the children’s ward. Be sure to call ahead and check with your local hospital’s volunteer policy.

5. Send care packages to troops
Send care packages to troops that are overseas this Thanksgiving. Visit AnySolider.com for advice on what to put in the care packages and where to send them.

Looking to get involved on Thanksgiving? Visit dosomething.org for a detailed list on how you can serve others or call the Governor’s Office of Community Service to find an event happening in your community.

Give thanks to a volunteer or organization by nominating them for the ServeMontana Awards. This is a great opportunity show your appreciation for the community members that serve others year round. The deadline is December 5th.

From the Governor’s Office of Community Service,

Happy Turkey Day!

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