Volunteer Opportunities in San Diego, Thanksgiving 2016
Thanksgiving is a great time volunteer with your family. If you’re feeling thankful for everything you have this season, consider sharing the gift of your time. Whether feeding the hungry, cleaning San Diego beaches, helping at a charitable fun run or volunteering at a local organization—people (and pets) need your compassion and support. Here are family volunteer opportunities throughout San Diego County.
Father Joe’s Villages Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk, Balboa Park
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (registration)
Thursday, Nov. 24, 6 a.m.–11 a.m.
Feeding San Diego Volunteer Open House, Sorrento Valley
Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.–Noon
Just Call Us Volunteers
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.–Noon (prep day)
Thursday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m.–Noon (serving day)
Online volunteer registration opens the first week of November and is expected to fill up quickly for the Thanksgiving meal, so register early. Check Facebook page for updates. Must wear closed-toe shoes and pull back long hair; no tank tops. Everyone helps wash dishes, so wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty. Volunteers meet at the “Just Call Us” kitchen in Clairemont Mesa for orientation and caravan to the service location. Kids ages 8+ can serve only, with parental supervision.
United Way of San Diego County
Visit the United Way website for ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Pacific Marine Credit Union O’side Turkey Trot, Oceanside
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Wednesday, Nov. 23
Thursday, Nov. 24 (race day)
Families with kids of all ages are encouraged to hand out water and cheer on the 10,000+ runners/walkers on race day. Older kids can help with pre-race activities. All volunteers (and interested participants) can register online.
San Diego Food Bank, Sorrento Valley
Opportunities available all week, except Thanksgiving Day (closed)
Families can help sort and bag food donations at the warehouse throughout the year. Morning, afternoon or evening shifts available, Monday–Saturday, except major holidays. Ages 6–15 are welcome with parent; teens 16+ can come on their own. Register online.
Imperial Beach Pier Cleanup
Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
San Diego Humane Society
Tours available when dropping off donations before Thanksgiving.
San Diego Run for the Hungry 5K/10K, Downtown
Tuesday, Nov. 22 (race packet pick-up at Roadrunner Sports, Miramar): shifts from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 24 (race day): shifts start at 5:30 a.m.
Volunteer help is welcome at registration tables, set up and clean up, be a course monitor, support finishers or pass out water and post-race refreshments to participants. All community members may drop off non-perishable foods. No age restrictions. To volunteer, contact Kevin Murphy at 757-705-9618 or register online.
San Diego South Bay Turkey Trot 15K/10K/5K, Bonita
Thursday, Nov. 24
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Donations, Countywide
Volunteer opportunities available throughout the week
Thanksgiving in a Box, Solutions for Change, Vista
Drop off boxes Nov. 14–18, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Creatively decorate a cardboard box and place (specified) groceries inside to feed a family of five. Drop off Thanksgiving boxes during requested dates to Solutions for Change, 722 W. California Ave., Vista. Visit website for detailed list of requested items.
Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO), Downtown
Monday, Nov. 21, 3:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Lisa Pawlak is a local mom and regular contributor to San Diego Family.
Published October 2016