Thanksgiving is a very special time at Open Arms. We give all our clients the option of receiving either a frozen turkey with all the fixings the week before Thanksgiving or receiving a freshly-made meal on Thanksgiving day.
To help make these holiday deliveries possible, we need a whole lot of volunteers! Here are the ways you can help throughout November:
TOP NEED: Fill a regular meal delivery shift anytime during November
Deliver healthy food right to our clients’ doors! Kids and friends are welcome to ride along with you.
Meal delivery shifts are available Mondays–Fridays at 11am throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicle. One sign up PER CAR is needed.
2. Fill a regular kitchen shift anytime during November
Help us prepare and package our regular client meals and all the Thanksgiving extras!
Kitchen shifts are available Mondays–Thursdays 7:30am–7pm and Fridays 7:30am–11am.
3. Deliver frozen turkeys on November 14, 15 or 16 – FULL
Clients will receive a frozen turkey and all the fixings ahead of the holiday so that they can cook a Thanksgiving feast with their loved ones.
On Tuesday 11/14, Wednesday 11/15 or Thursday 11/16, you’ll deliver frozen turkeys and all the fixings to 1-3 clients living in the Twin Cities metro area. Delivery time is 2pm. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicle. One sign up PER CAR is needed.
4: Deliver makeup meals on November 20, 21 or 22 – FULL
Since we won’t do regular meal deliveries on Thanksgiving and will be closed on Friday 11/24, some clients will need to get their food earlier in the week.
On Monday 11/20, Tuesday 11/21 or Wednesday 11/22, you’ll deliver meals to clients living in the Twin Cities metro area. Delivery time is 11am. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicle. One sign up PER CAR is needed.
5. Deliver a Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day 11/23 – FULL, waitlist open
Clients who don’t feel up to cooking their own turkey will get a freshly prepared turkey dinner and all the fixings to enjoy with a loved one on Thanksgiving morning.
On Thanksgiving Day, you’ll deliver meals to 1-3 clients living in the Twin Cities metro area. There are two delivery times: 10am and 10:30am. Volunteers deliver in their own vehicle. One sign up PER CAR is needed.
6. Help host Thanksgiving deliveries on 11/23 – FULL
Thanksgiving Day delivery hosts will help with the logistics of Thanksgiving Day at Open Arms, making sure the whole operation runs smoothly.
Volunteer positions include greeting kitchen and delivery volunteers, helping to load delivery bags into vehicles, and assisting with traffic control. Delivery host shifts are from 9:30–11:30am. Volunteers may be positioned inside or outside of the building during their shift.
TO SIGN UP FOR A SHIFT:
Current Open Arms volunteers:
To sign up for any of these opportunities, please log in to the Volunteer Hub>>
New Open Arms volunteers:
To volunteer for any of these opportunities, you will first need to attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Please note that there are a limited number of volunteer orientations before Thanksgiving! Sign up here to reserve your spot>>