TGIT: Thank Goodness, It’s Thanksgiving! November Opportunities Newsletter

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The holidays are fast approaching! Our November Project Calendar is filled with holiday volunteer opportunities. Share the holiday spirit with those in need by volunteering for Thanksgiving and holiday events. You may also share the gift of thanks by participating in a donation drive benefitting those who are helping those who are in need of the holiday cheer.

Annual Holiday Giving Program

Annual Holiday Giving Program

The holidays are just around the corner. Let HandsOn Sacramento help connect you to holiday volunteer opportunities and donation drives at local non-profits that help those in need over the coming months.

Also, If you are an organization in need of volunteers or donations (toys, meals, canned food, coats, blankets, etc.) over the holidays, please contact Mika Guevarra at and we will add you to the list!

Click here for the 2017 Thanksgiving Volunteer and Donation Opportunities!

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Intake Interviewing

Tuesday, November 7th to Saturday, November 11th

Salvation Army Family Services location at 3213 Orange Grove Ave, North Highlands, CA 95660

The Salvation Army is looking for friendly volunteers who will help with the screening process for their Angel Tree Christmas Assistance Program. You will help needy families complete a one-page application to qualify to receive food, clothing and toys. You will be asking them about their children’s toy wishes and clothing sizes, as well as checking for verification of income, address. etc.

Good printing/handwriting and attention to detail are important. Knowledge of Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian can be helpful.

For more information, contact Cynthia at (916) 239-3629.

To sign up: click here.

Veteran’s Day Parade

Saturday, November 11th, 7:00am-4:00pm

City of Sacramento

Come show your support by volunteering to serve those who protect and serve our country domestically and globally. Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Volunteers will be expected to serve in various capacities. Some roles and responsibilities require heavy lifting, standing and walking. Staff will contact you directly to complete further volunteer forms. A more detailed outline of volunteers’ roles and responsibilities will be available by October 11, 2017. Should you have any questions about the parade, please contact Neighborhood Services at (916) 808-6789 or by email:

To sign up: click here.

Run to Feed the Hungry

Thursday, November 23rd, 7:00am-4:00pm

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

The 24th annual Run to Feed the Hungry, the largest fundraiser for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS), is finally here!! Volunteers are needed for this event from Saturday, November 18 to Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving Day!).

Volunteers must be age 16 and up to volunteer. Volunteers DO NOT need to attend a volunteer orientation in order to volunteer for this event. Volunteers must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time. There are no seated tasks available on Thanksgiving Day.

Volunteers are still needed for Race Registration for the following shifts

(Location: REI, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento):

Monday, November 20th from 3:00pm-9:00pm

Tuesday, November 21st from 3:00pm-9:00pm

Wednesday, November 22nd from 9:30am-2:00pm or 1:30-6:00pm

Volunteers are still needed for Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day for the following shifts

(5900 Newman Ct., Sacramento):

  • Team Tent (Call time: 6:30am)
  • Clean Up Crew
  • Course Monitors
  • Finish Line
  • Start Line
  • Water and Snack Station

To sign up: click here.

Turkey Distribution Day

Thursday, November 23rd, 7:00am-4:00pm

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services

Volunteer Line Monitors are needed at the annual Turkey Distribution at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) on Monday, November 20, 2017. SFBFS will distribute turkeys and Thanksgiving food items out to around 4,000 families in one day.

Line Monitors: Reliable, punctual volunteers ages 18 and up are needed to serve as line monitors. Guests begin lining up for turkeys in the early morning hours and the line wraps through the neighborhood. Volunteers and staff are stationed throughout the line at each corner and intersection to help direct folks, answer questions and help distinguish the line’s path.

Volunteers that sign up for this task will have an assigned station, wear a safety vest and will be equipped with a sheet of FAQs. There will be a required informational session for all volunteers on Tuesday Nov. 14 at 6:00pm. Volunteers must be able to walk and stand for the length of their shift. Please indicate if you speak another language and would be willing to help translate – our greatest needs are Spanish, Russian/Ukrainian, Chinese and Hmong. If you are interested in volunteering for this task, sign up for your desired shift by clicking the link below (you may sign up your group this way, too):

  • 4am-7:30am
  • 7am-10:30am
  • 10am-1:00pm

To sign up: click here.

Angel Tree Sorting

Tuesday, December 5th to Saturday, December 16th 9:00am-12:00pm / 12:30pm-3:00pm

Cal Expo

This Christmas, The Salvation Army needs your help sorting toys for the many boys and girls in need in our community. This year, they are helping over 2500 families to celebrate Christmas when otherwise they would not. Your help is crucial to providing this service, and giving children the joy of Christmas morning.

Volunteer duties may include:

  1. Sorting toys by type.
  2. Bagging toys and clothes for children based on age and gender.
  3. Organizing donated Angel Tree bags filled with toys and clothing for pre-selected families.

*This volunteer opportunity takes place at the warehouse at Cal Expo. Please be prepared for cold weather and dress appropriately.


If the shifts posted are filled, please click on the link below to register for additional shifts.

Please contact Cynthia McDowell at 916-239-3629 with any questions or concerns.

To sign up: click here.

Volunteer Opportunities This Month

Fairytale Town Community Days

November 11th – Volunteers are needed to help with monthly Sacramento Adventure Playground activities. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothing and shoes that can get dirty. It will be a fun day of building, playing, and making a mess! While the Sacramento Adventure Playground’s regular operating hours are designed for ages 7-15, the Playground opens up for children of all ages to come and play on Community Days. Advance registration is not required. Community Days are held on the second Saturday of the month (except December and January) from 11 AM to 3 PM. Volunteer shifts are from 10:30am-4pm. Adventure Playground is located at the Maple Neighborhood Center (formerly Maple Elementary School), 3301 37th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95824.

To sign up: click here.

Sacramento Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support, research, and advocacy. This event will be returning to Sacramento in the fall of 2018 and we need your help to make it happen!

There are opportunities to serve on the following sub-committees:

– Sponsorship: Identifies opportunities to engage the business community in the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association and participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

– Team Recruitment: Recruits new teams from all sectors of the community.

– Team Retention: Engages past teams to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

– Marketing and Outreach: Builds public awareness of Walk through local media outlets, social media, and grassroots marketing efforts.

– AIM-Advocacy: Recruits Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) members throughout the Walk season.

– Mission: Promotes core mission elements, including TrialMatch, programs and support, and the Promise Garden.

– Logistics: Ensures that all event day components, including the start/finish line, opening ceremony, and walk route are well-planned and that participants have an excellent event experience from the parking lot to the finish line.

We will provide you with all the training and resources to have a successful volunteer experience, plus we have regular committee calls to keep in touch. Projects may be completed remotely.

To learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, please visit

Skills needed: Donor management, fundraising, program management, event planning/management, customer service, community outreach.

To sign up: click here.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

GetImageVolunteers needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, and marketing

My Sister’s Café is a volunteer-based support program for My Sister’s House which helps domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, survivors “get back on their feet” financially. Volunteers are needed for food preparation, cashier, dishwasher, server, and marketing.

To sign up: click here.

Join the movement to end hunger in Sacramento

Want to help Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services make an impact?Volunteers are always needed to help sort donations, package food and bag produce. Come and help put food on the table for families and individuals in our community!

Monday-Friday 9am-1pm and Saturday 8am-1pm.

SFBFS offers volunteer orientation 1-2 times per week. You must first attend a volunteer orientation before you can volunteer for an available shift.

To sign up: click here.


Salvation Army’s Sorting & Packing Food: Tues Wed & Thurs (Ongoing)

Help get fresh produce and groceries to people in need!

Volunteers will help sort and bag donations of fresh produce and perishable food items to be handed out to the clients in the morning.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed-toed rubber-soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.

To Volunteer sign up online: click here

Food Box Packin’ Tuesdays with the Salvation ArmyFood Box Packin' Tuesday logo jpg unlinked

This is a GREAT group activity for people from businesses, service organizations, churches, and youth groups.

Food boxes are packed using an assembly line to place cans and other non-perishables in boxes weighing 25-30 pounds. Most lifting is limited to a single food item.

Duties include: sorting, taping boxes, filling, some heavy lifting at the end of line, and breaking down boxes for re-cycling.

These food boxes are given out year-round to families and individuals in need.

We invite our volunteers to stay for a lunch.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Volunteers MUST wear closed toed rubber soled shoes. No sandals or flip flops.

To sign up: click here.

Help Wind Youth Services Feed Homeless Youth


Help Wind Youth Services feed Homeless Youth! Volunteers are needed to help donate and deliver lunches for about 25-30 youth every day at the Wind Youth Drop-in Center.


Please arrive between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m with your donation. Donated lunches can be delivered in a ziplock bag or paper lunch sack. The following are suggested items to include in each lunch:

  • Sandwich bread
  • Sandwich meat & cheese
  • Mayo & mustard packets
  • Fruit cups
  • Cliff bars or granola bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Small bags of chips or cookies
  • Juice
  • Bottled water
  • ‘Fun Size’ candy bars

For a link to our full wish list of what we need click here. To sign up: click here


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