This Thanksgiving VolunteerMatch Helps Millions Give Thanks by Giving Back

Nov 21, 2011 3:00 PM ET

This Thanksgiving VolunteerMatch Helps Millions Give Thanks by Giving Back

As millions across the country spend Thanksgiving pondering what they are grateful for, VolunteerMatch provides a way for everyone to give thanks by giving back to their communities. And with over 72,000 listings to choose from, is the most popular place to find volunteer opportunities.

  • If you’re feeling the need to get away from the holiday craziness, spend a week volunteering in places like Morocco and Costa Rica with Cross-Cultural Solutions.

  • Join Operation Gobble in LA and help fight hunger this Thanksgiving. Is that Nick Lachey in the picture? I think it is!

  • Take a preemptive strike at those holiday pounds and lace up for the annual United Run for the Hungry 5K/10K Run/Walk with Jewish Family Service of San Diego.

  • Do you love to sing? Regardless of what your family thinks of your musical abilities, there are people at the VFW in Vermont who will appreciate you. Share your talent with them over Thanksgiving.

  • Bring life and holiday spirit to everyone as “Drippy the Blood Drop,” the mascot for BloodSource’s Thanksgiving week blood drive near Sacramento, Calif.

  • Celebrate with a senior citizen and deliver a bouquet of fresh flowers, a bottle of sparkling cider, a hot meal, and most of all companionship with Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly in Boston.

  • As we gear up for shopping season, you can be a gift-wrapper with Project Hawai’i, Inc. to support their holiday party, providing hundreds of children in need with gifts and fun activities.

Substitute your post-turkey nap with some volunteering, and choose one of these or any of the other 72,000 opportunities on VolunteerMatch.

Getting started is easy: Just visit, type in your location and a few keywords, and browse all the ways you can make a difference.

If you can’t find anywhere to volunteer over Thanksgiving, or if you just can’t make it work between the turkey and the pie, there are other options. You can make a volunteering pledge, and use VolunteerMatch to find the opportunity that will fit you and your family just right throughout the year.

Whether you volunteer over Thanksgiving or make a pledge to do so during the year, you can use VolunteerMatch to give back and make this Thanksgiving a holiday to be thankful for.

How Nonprofits Can Participate:

Click here to register for a free VolunteerMatch account for your organization:

About VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities by helping good people and good causes to connect. Its award-winning online service,, makes it easy to find a way to make a difference by location, expertise, or availability. VolunteerMatch provides many of the nation's most recognized businesses, campuses and organizations with Web-based solutions to facilitate and track volunteer engagement at local and national levels. The VolunteerMatch network regularly welcomes more than 190,000 visitors each week and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for tens of thousands of participating nonprofits.

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