Thanksgiving Week Volunteering
Registration begins Monday, November 2nd at 9:00am
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.
This is our busiest week of the year and we would like as many people as possible to have an opportunity to serve. 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 — we limit the number of volunteers we accept this week. We also ask that each person sign up for only one meal service time so that others will also have an opportunity to serve.
Online registration will begin on Monday, November 2 at 9:00am. This will be the only way to sign up to serve meals on Thanksgiving 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 600 turkeys, 3,500 pounds of potatoes, 3,820 pounds of sweet potatoes, and 1,160 pounds of vegetables. 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. 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.
5. 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.