Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities To Show Your Gratitude

Spend time with your family while giving back
MapQuest's TurkeyQuest has compiled a state-by-state list from California To New York of Thanksgiving events, focusing on family-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Sponsor a needy Family will connect you with an individual family in need. Your impact will last beyond the holiday, as you'll help provide food, clothing and other necessities throughout the year.

Serve dinner at a homeless shelter
Volunteer at a homeless shelter to prepare and dish up a meal for those without a home this holiday. Find a local directory at The National Coalition for the Homeless.

Deliver a meal
Volunteer with a local Meals on Wheels Program to bring a hot dinner to those who may not be able to join family or friends.

Support our troops
Demonstrate your thankfulness toward troops who may be away from family this Thanksgiving. Create and send a care package at

Give thanks to a vet
Show your truly personal gratitude by volunteering one-on-one and in-person at a Veterans Center, where you might serve as an escort greeter, transport patients to appointments and perform other duties. See opportunities at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Run a Turkey Trot
All over the country this Thanksgiving, there are opportunities to run races to benefit local charities and good causes. Runs are planned for on and around Thanksgiving Day and require advance registration.

Serve at a Salvation Army
Provide a meal for those in need at your local Salvation Army. Find details and other programs and opportunities to give for the holiday and beyond on the site.