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Ways to Help Others this Thanksgiving

Friday, November 15, 2013
Here are a few opportunities on- and off- campus to make Thanksgiving special for others in our community.
On Campus
You can help a family in need celebrate Thanksgiving this year! If you would like to Adopt A Family this Thanksgiving, stop by the Campus Ministry office to pick up a bag. This is a great way for departments, teams, clubs, and individuals to lend a hand this holiday season. A list of needed grocery items is on each bag. After filling up the bag with the listed items, you can drop it off with Ashley Wells in Lodge 1014. The deadline for the bag drop off is November 22nd.

Off Campus
- Help Serve Thanksgiving Dinners with the Ethiopian Community Development Council
Contact: Amanda Pourciau, Volunteer Coordinator, (347) 624-3444

They are seeking volunteers to assist with setting up, serving, and cleaning up at the annual Refugees’ First Thanksgiving Dinner. This event is especially important because it introduces refugees to this quintessential American holiday and the spirit of Thanksgiving.

The celebration will take place on Sunday, November 24, from 1 to 7p.m. at 903 S. Highland St. Arlington, VA. It will include American Thanksgiving feast favorites, traditional dishes and dances from community members’ home countries, and activities for children. This meal gives our newest members an opportunity to give back to the community by sharing food and music from their own cultures. Last year’s event drew nearly 200 people, and we look forward to hosting even more guests this year.

- Help Serve and Deliver Thanksgiving Dinners with the Knights of Columbus
Contact: Mary Jo Galvin, Assistant Director, (703) 532-8498

Ensure that all members of our community are able to celebrate Thanksgiving with a hot meal. Volunteers are needed on Thanksgiving Day to deliver and serve meals to approximately 3,000 community members.

They are looking for volunteers with a positive attitude, a desire to help others and a desire to spend the day with kind, like-minded people. Volunteer deliverers should have their own vehicle to transport meals. All volunteers should be flexible to help out as needed. Help is needed on November 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5115 Little Falls Rd, Arlington, VA 22207.
- Help Serve Thanksgiving Dinners at Clarendon House
Contact: Susan Stolpe, Volunteer Manager, Department of Human Services Arlington County (703) 228-1760

Celebrate Thanksgiving with all of the trimmings with the members of Clarendon House (3141 N. 10th Street, Arlington, VA). Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, November 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist with a variety of tasks during the annual holiday meal:

• Prepare food, including carving turkey and ham
• Serve food to clubhouse members
• Set-up and clean-up
• Enjoy the meal with clubhouse members

Clarendon House is a community-based rehabilitation program that promotes the highest level of integration and independence for adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. The program provides comprehensive services, including psychosocial rehabilitation, case management, vocational opportunities, crisis intervention, medication services, and social opportunities.