Recently released U.S. Census figures show a drop in Georgia’s poverty rate but several charity leaders said they can’t see it. In fact, they say they see just as much need, if not more – especially during the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving almost a week away, there are still plenty of organizations in the Atlanta area who can use your help. View our listing below to find ways you can get involved this holiday season and check back for more updates on opportunities as they become available.
Serve dinner / Deliver food
The Atlanta Community Food Bank has several oppotunities available through its partner agencies in counties such as Cobb, Douglas and DeKalb to provide Thanksgiving baskets, serve food and offer basic needs for families. Click here to learn more and sign up for one of the programs.
Saint John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church needs greeters, food prep help, dishwashers, servers, runners and more to help feed the homeless Monday through Friday until November 30.
This Atlanta-based organization is looking for volunteers to help with clean-up, breakdown, security and more during its annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
Volunteer to help feed 1,000 homeless families at Grace Community Fellowship’s “Thanksgiving Dinner the Community” on Wednesday, November 25. Volunteers are asked to sit, eat and spend time with guests. There will also be clothing, medical screenings, haircuts, manicures and a children’s area available.
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the production, handling and inventory of the food pantry and speak to clients to determine food security status and family size.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta is looking for volunteer drivers on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve for about 2 hours. Volunteers can work alone or bring friends and family members along to greet and deliver meals to seniors.
Feed a family / donate
The “Adopt a Family” program by Families First allows volunteers to fulfill family wishlists for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. There are still a few families in need of adoption. Click here to view their profiles and select a family. Volunteers are also needed to assist with unloading items, organizing items and everything in between. Contact volunteer coordinator Ashley Uffner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Children's Restoration Network plans to feed more than 3,000 homeless families this Thanksgiving. Your food donations will help the non-profit agency prepare meals on Thanksgiving Day and stock food pantries for those in need. Beginning in December, you can also participate in CRN’s toy drive. The goal is to provide 3,000 children with 5 or 6 personalized toys to unwrap by December 25 says CEO Cliff Kinsey. UFirst and Lift Up Atlanta are partnering to help the homeless this Thanksgiving. Click here to view and sign up for donations needed to provide sack lunches, hygiene items and warm clothing for 800 men and women in need.