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Best Places to Volunteer this Thanksgiving
Vee Team
November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and along with it comes the most popular season for philanthropy and volunteer work. If you’re among the many who follow an annual tradition of volunteering on Thanksgiving, or if you’d like to start, here are excellent options for meaningful volunteer projects you can sign up for, all on Vee.


New York + Tri-State Area

For 25 years, Volunteer Guardianship One on One has been helping elderly and disabled adults find the aid and attention they deserve. They train volunteers to serve as legal guardians to those who can no longer care for all their own needs themselves, and provide a support network of medical and other industry professionals to support their volunteers. In New Jersey alone, there are hundreds of older adults in need of caregivers, and with the support of Volunteer Guardianship, they can find care. For a long-term, one-on-one volunteer experience, consider signing up to be a volunteer guardian.

In the spirit of family, take some time this Thanksgiving season to volunteer with a family-run organization: Hunter's CMT4B3 Research Foundation. When Hunter Schultz was just three years old, he was diagnosed with an ultra-rare neuro-degenerative disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Type 4B3 (CMT4B3). Ever since, his dedicated parents have been fundraising to advance research and find cures for Hunter and all the other children fighting the same condition. You can help their cause by signing up for grant writing or blog and Twitter copywriting, and help draw attention to an extremely worthy cause.


San Francisco

From new clothes to tech support, medical care to food, the St. Anthony Foundation offers vital services to thousands of unhoused and poor neighbors in San Francisco. Supported by dedicated volunteers, this community center provides essential resources and services to neighbors in need. To help their efforts, sign up for clothing donation processing, and support your San Francisco neighbors this Thanksgiving.

Digital literacy is a crucial skill in today’s world, and Community Tech Network is helping people achieve it. Technology training is a tool that connects people with community, opens doors to education, and creates access to vital healthcare. With such a diverse population, this San Francisco-based organization works with a broad range of participants of all ages in multiple languages to build and strengthen technical ability. If you’re bilingual and have a good grasp on general computer skills, you can get involved as a remote digital coach and help someone in your community get online.

Knowing the value technology adds to a young person’s future, Mission Bit creates avenues for students to easily access computer science education. Know how to code, or know someone who does? Mission Bit is looking for qualified members of the tech industry to mentor students in computer science. Work to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, and programming enthusiasts with this special mentorship opportunity.

Florida

If your Thanksgiving traditions involve outdoor sports — like a Turkey Trot race or a family football game — then you’d certainly be a good match for sidewalking in riding class with Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center. They work with children and adults with special needs to practice horseback riding, and develop physical and emotional strength along the way.

London

There are over 374,000 people in the UK who arrived as refugees, seeking safety and security from unlivable circumstances. With the help of volunteers, Breaking Barriers eases the transition to life in the UK for hundreds of people by providing professional and educational development services. Their work relies heavily on efforts by volunteers, and that includes running and managing the organization itself. Breaking Barriers is looking for an experienced volunteer website developer to aid their communications team in reaching the broadest possible audience.

The International Association for Human Values, United Kingdom, or the IAHV UK, is an organization focused on helping participants recover from trauma. They help strengthen communities by building up humanity and humility, and their efforts could benefit from new, remote volunteers. Sign up on Vee today to be a Content Writer for IAHV UK Website and Social Media Platforms and help spread their message and reach even more communities!


Thanksgiving is about community and connecting with one another. For some, life’s challenges have kept them isolated from their communities — by crime and incarceration. With the help of volunteer mentors, PLIAS Resettlement works with people reentering society to live meaningful, dignified lives.



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