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Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities

Salvation Army – Turkey Run

Thursday, November 28th 

This is a take-out style Thanksgiving Day dinner delivery to homes of Muskegon county residents. Meals are delivered between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Volunteers are needed to help prep the meals, and deliver them out! If you are interested, please contact the Salvation Army at (231) 773-3284. 

Mission For Area People – Thanksgiving Baskets

Tuesday, November 26th 

Each year, Mission for Area People partners with area churches, businesses, and other service organizations to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Each family receives a basket with everything they need for a great home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner!
If you would like to donate items we will need the following: veggies, stuffing, cornmeal, canned fruit, jello, muffin mix, boxed dessert mixes, frosting, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, margarine, and turkeys! Volunteers who would like to pack the baskets please call the MAP office at 231-733-9672 to sign up to volunteer.
Volunteers pack baskets early in the week of Thanksgiving, starting after Food Pantry hours. Basket Giveaway is the week of Thanksgiving. We take calls to register for the Thanksgiving Baskets preceding Thanksgiving each year.

First Congregational Church – Saturday Breakfast

Every Saturday

The Saturday Breakfast began in February of 2003 when it was brought to our attention that there was a need to offer a free hot meal on the weekend in Muskegon. 
The community has gathered for breakfast every Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m until 10:30 a.m, including holidays 
We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to come and help serve and hang out with the people.

AgeWell Services – Meal Site Volunteers


AgeWell Services delivers and serves 1,600 meals every day in three counties: Muskegon, Ottawa, and Oceana. We rely on an army of volunteers to deliver and serve these meals daily between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. All you need is a smile and must be able to pass a background check.

C.O.G.I.C Center - Shepard’s Table Soup Kitchen

Every Tuesday & Thursday

Through our Healthy Project and the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen is committed to being a source of support to economically disadvantaged children and their families, the homeless, and the elderly by providing a free community based nutritional meal twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. We want to be like Jesus, in the Bible, by feeding the multitude. We want to bring hope to those in need, by providing meals with enthusiastic and caring helpers. We pray that people will be assisted at any time they are in need of a meal.
The Mission of the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen is to support and enhance the ministries of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. by serving a healthy, delicious meal. The Food Service Ministry has been operating under the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center since 1999. During that time, the ministry has doubled the number of events as well as the number of people served.

Community enCompass – Thursday Lunch Crew

Every Thursday

Sacred Suds (a program of Community enCompass) is a community laundy and shower facility in the McLauglin neighborhood. We have fabulous neighbors who bring lunch every Thursday for the community. We are looking for help prepping, serving, and cleaning up after lunch. If you are a people person who wants to meet a diverse set of neighbors then this is a great opportunity for you. No previous food service experience needed. Training is provided and you do not need to commit to coming every week. We are in need of 1 lead server, 2 additional food servers, and one beverage server. Prep and cleanup is done as a team.

Kids’ Food Basket - Sack Supper Packing! 

Join us in packing Sack Suppers in their final stage before delivery! 
While this shift is designated for the task of packing Sack Suppers, no task is ever a guarantee. Projects do change last minute due to food goods available on-site. Please be ready to have a good time while ensuring kids in our community get the nutrition they need to thrive!
For a full listing of our volunteer opportunities, please visit our websites:

Food Pantry – Catholic Charities 

Every Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Help our community members in need by becoming a Food Pantry volunteer at the Muskegon Food Pantry on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays from 9:30am to 12:30pm (3hrs). We serve nearly 2,500 clients per month in need of emergency food items. The time you dedicate makes a huge impact in the lives of those in need!
Volunteer duties include:
  • Assisting clients accessing the pantry
  • Organizing/re-stocking shelves
  • Unloading & organizing donations as they arrive
  • Must be 18 and older
  • Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs
  • Must be comfortable working with a diverse population
If interested, please reply to this need and a member of Volunteer Services will contact you.
*Please note, a background check is needed before volunteering.

Salvation Army – Bell Ringing 

The bell ringing season starts each November and runs through Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season. Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night.

Find More Volunteer Opportunities On The GetConnected Volunteer Calendar!