Thanksgiving Week Volunteering
During Thanksgiving Week, Bowery Mission volunteers will prepare and serve more than 10,000 meals for men, women, and children in all five boroughs of New York City. On Thanksgiving Day, volunteers will serve guests in our century-old chapel, decorated for the occasion, where each guest will receive a turkey dinner, a new coat and a blessing bag of winter clothes and hygiene items.
Due to the overwhelming interest in volunteering during Thanksgiving Week, we are currently full. Our desire is for our volunteers and meal guests to have a good experience — for our volunteers to have enough work to do and for our meal guests to not be overwhelmed — which is why we limit the number of volunteers we accept this week.
Thank you so much for your support! Here are other ways to help:
You can help make a difference in other ways
1. Make a Financial Donation to Help Provide Meals
Last year, The Bowery Mission served more than 8,000 meals to men, women and children on Thanksgiving Day alone. On a typical day, we serve over 1,000. Each meal costs us $1.59 to serve – and it could be the first step toward transforming a life. Your generous support makes all of this possible. You can make a secure donation online or you can donate by phone or mail.
2. Fundraise for the Homeless
You can feed hundreds of homeless and hungry people this Thanksgiving! By joining our Red Door Hunger Drive, you are able to multiply your support for The Bowery Mission. Personal and team fundraising pages are available.
3. Donate Food
Thanksgiving Week requires 21,000 pounds of meat (including 650 turkeys!), 5,700 pounds of potatoes, 15,000 loaves of bread, 1,350 dozen eggs, 1,130 pounds of sugar, 750 pounds of butter and 300 pounds of coffee. You can drop off food donations at The Bowery Mission (directions), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is helpful to have Thanksgiving donations by Tuesday, November 17, but donations are helpful every day of the year, even after Thanksgiving! We do not typically do pickups, but if you have an extraordinarily large donation of the items above, please call (212) 674-3456 and ask for Julian Padarath or the Operations Manager on duty.
4. Shop for the Mission
As our chefs prep for the biggest Thanksgiving feast in NYC, they are requesting ingredients in specific quantities and sizes. Help make sure they are ready to feed everyone coming through our red doors this Thanksgiving. You can also help provide essential items for our Thanksgiving feast, such as spoons and centerpieces. Shop today!
5. Donate Blessing Bags
In addition to a delicious meal, we want to give every single Thanksgiving guest a practical Thanksgiving gift. We will package personal-size hygiene items and cold weather clothing necessities into “Blessing Bags.” View a list of items needed for Blessings Bags.
You can drop off items or bags at The Bowery Mission (directions), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please drop off items for Thanksgiving by Tuesday, November 24. We do not typically do pickups, but if you have an extraordinarily large donation of the items above, please call (212) 674-3456 and ask for Julian Padarath or the Operations Manager on duty.
6. Volunteer at Another Time
Thanksgiving Week is a popular time to volunteer, but The Bowery Mission depends on volunteers all year-round to prepare meals, tutor residents, or lend a specific skill. Find out more about volunteering year-round.