5 Ways to Volunteer around Tucson

thanksgiving dinner laid out on paper plates on a wooden tableThanksgiving is only a few weeks away, but for some families in Tucson the cornucopia of turkey, stuffing and pie is either unaffordable or inaccessible.  If you want to share your holiday joy with the rest of the community this season, there are plenty of places that you can volunteer around Tucson that are focused on putting a feast on every table this Thanksgiving.  Plus, you’ll walk away with a few warm and fuzzy feelings guaranteed to boost your own holiday spirits as well.

We’ve put together a list of a few organizations in need of help this November, but if you know of any other places we should mention leave us a comment on our Facebook page!

Manna Food Bank Box Packaging:  Help pack boxes on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. at our Marana Community Food Bank. Ten to fifteen people are needed each week. This is a great project for groups or individuals.

Food Pickup:  Interfaith Community Services is looking for a few volunteers who would be available to go to the main site of the Community Food Bank to pick up food for their on-site food bank. The Community Food Bank is located in the central area of Tucson and their bank is in the northwest part of Tucson. Volunteers would come to the site to pick up the ICS van and travel to the Community Food Bank to pick up pre-ordered food.  They’re looking for volunteers in pairs of two who could help load and unload the van.

Food Collection at Winterhaven Festival of Lights:  The Community Food Bank is looking for individuals and groups to help collect food donations at the Winterhaven Festival of Lights in Midtown Tucson. Volunteers will cover three entrances at the festival each evening from 5:30 – 9 or 10 p.m. depending on the night.  The festival runs from December 10th through 25th this year.

Cardboard Recycler at Local Food Bank:  The Community Food Bank is looking for volunteers to manage recycling their cardboard using electrical equipment and dumpster. Volunteers must be able to lift repeatedly, follow direction and work well on their own after training. Hours available are between 9a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Three hours at a time are asked. Volunteers must be 18 and older.

Disabled Meal Delivery:  Organization is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound clients once a week. Pick up prepared meals at a provider site, deliver to 7 or 8 clients (in the same area), and then return the container to the provider site. Most meals will be ready to pick up by 11:30 a.m., delivery takes about an hour, and you will usually be back to the provider site by 1:00 p.m.



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