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How To Volunteer on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a day many of us think about giving back to others. Thousands of well-meaning people search for opportunities to volunteer at soup kitchens like Blanchet House each year. However, most service providers only have a few volunteer spaces to fill and most of these positions are taken by long-time volunteers.

In lieu, of volunteering in person we encourage compassionate people like yourself to find ways to give back from home. Below, we have ways you can volunteer on Thanksgiving Day from home. If you would like to volunteer in our cafe on a different day please sign up here. You can also find other organizations to volunteer with at Hands On Greater Portland. Get in touch with Blanchet House at

Volunteer to Make Care Kits on Thanksgiving

Make Care Kits

Pack hygiene supplies and more. They will be distributed to guests at Blanchet House. Learn More

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Make Mobile Sleeping Kits

Pack bags with blankets and tarps for the houseless. Learn More

Volunteer to Make Sack Lunches on Thanksgiving

Make Sack Lunches

Sign up to donate sack lunches that will be given out on Saturday at Blanchet House. Learn More

Collect or Make Warm Clothing

  • Knit or crochet hats for adults experiencing homelessness.
  • Hold a drive to collect gently used and new adult-sized socks, gloves, beanies, or other cold-weather items.

Learn more about the types of clothing we need and drop-off hours. Email us at with questions or to let us know your plans.

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Thanksgiving Day Free Meal Providers

Blanchet House’s cafe is closed on Thanksgiving Day but we have compiled a list of other places offering meals that day. Please check with the organizations listed below to find out what types of food they will be serving. Not everyone is serving a traditional Thanksgiving plate of food but you can receive a free prepared meal.

Portland Rescue Mission

Meal Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm, Nov. 24
111 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Meals will be served restaurant-style. Volunteers needed for hosting, serving, and bussing.

Union Gospel Mission

Meal Time: 10 am-12pm, Nov. 24
3 NW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Volunteers are not needed.

PROPER Thanksgiving Feast-ival

Meal Time: 12pm-4pm, Nov. 24
8131 N. Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Free meal and festival in the Kenton neighborhood. Volunteers needed for supply pickup, food prep, event set up, food service, and clean up.


We will update this list as we learn about confirmed meal providers. If you would like to be added to our list please let us know at

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