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Ann Arbor volunteer opportunities this Thanksgiving

In the giving spirit this holiday? Here's how you can help


ANN ARBOR – For those fortunate enough to know the comfort of being surrounded by family and friends over a warm meal every Thanksgiving, there is much to be grateful for.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone living in the Ann Arbor area.

If you're in the mood to give back this Thanksgiving, here are some events to know about.

Thanksgiving Meal for the Homeless

Every year, The Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor organizes a Thanksgiving Meal & Ministry for the homeless, which includes a meal and a pop-up clothing shop of clothing donations. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.

Wednesday, Nov. 22:

  • Meal setup 
  • Clothing boutique setup
  • Food prep and kitchen cleaning crew
  • Clothing donations
  • Dessert and beverage donations

Thursday, Nov. 23:

  • Greeting 
  • Serving 
  • Clothing attendant
  • Barista
  • Kindness volunteers

Click here to sign up for shift times and learn more about the event.

Ann Arbor Vineyard Church, 2275 Platt Road


Fresh Start Clubhouse Thanksgiving

Fresh Start Clubhouse is a community in Ann Arbor of men and women living with mental illness.

Every year, it celebrates with a Thanksgiving Day meal. "(We need) friendly neighbors to help us prepare our meal and space that morning, serve around noon, and clean up after. Would you like to be part of our family and meet our members? This is our biggest event of the year and nearly all of our members come out for it. We'd love to have you join us!" said the group.

At the moment, they are still in need of six volunteers. 

Sign up here.

If you would like to donate a turkey to the meal, click here.

Fresh Start Clubhouse, 2051 S. State St. 

Thanksgiving Meal Drive

Avalon Housing helps those with extremely low incomes in Washtenaw County find housing without preconditions and provides support so that they can stay in their homes.

The group knows that Thanksgiving meals can be financially taxing on families with low incomes and is currently taking donations of funds or food for residents.

Please contact Andrea at awilkerson@avalonhousing.org or 734-864-2295 to check in on specific needs and coordinate a donation. 

To learn more about Avalon, visit its website.

Avalon Housing, 1327 Jones Drive

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