4 Volunteer Opportunities Near the Triangle This Thanksgiving

4 Volunteer Opportunities Near the Triangle This Thanksgiving

Like just about everything else in 2020, annual Thanksgiving volunteering traditions will likely have to change this year. With COVID-19 cases remaining high in North Carolina, you might be looking for some safe volunteer or donation opportunities near the Triangle this season.

Many of the traditional Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities near the Triangle are closed this year. Some events, like the Raleigh Rescue Mission’s food packing event, have already been filled with volunteers. However, there are still other ways to volunteer your time or help fill the needs of local families.

Here are a few other ways you can safely give back to your community this year if you live near the Triangle.

1. Donate to the Durham Rescue Mission’s Drive-Thru Event

This year, the Durham Rescue Mission is asking the community for donations of 300 turkeys and 150 hams. Although the usual Thanksgiving Day meal won’t take place this year, the food will still go to support the organization’s Thanksgiving Drive-Thru event and Christmas Community Dinner.

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The Thanksgiving Drive-thru will benefit both Durham’s homeless population and people who are suffering financially. It takes place at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, at 1201 E. Main St.

Durham Rescue Mission will accept turkeys, hams and other foods for the events until Tuesday, Nov. 24. As of now, donors are asked to drop off their items at the main campus at 1201 E. Main St. during normal business hours or call (919) 688-9641, x 5024.

2. Volunteer with Various Nonprofits to Sort, Pack and Deliver Food in the Triangle

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HandsOn Triangle works to pair volunteers with local charities to deliver food to needy families in and around the Triangle. Presently, they are coordinating volunteers to help them sort and organize food donations, pack meal boxes and deliver food to those local recipients.

The organization’s website has a convenient way to sign up for these tasks, which take place at various times and places around the Triangle. In addition, they also need volunteers to do digital tasks like spreadsheet creation and digital navigation.

3. Donate To A Food Bank

With coronavirus leaving many Triangle-area families without income or with only limited income, the region’s food banks have grown important than ever.

Most food banks accept almost any dry or non-perishable foods. However, some items that food banks most often request are:

Durham Rescue Mission offers several volunteer opportunities near the Triangle this year.
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  • Peanut butter
  • Soup (canned)
  • Fruit (canned)
  • Vegetables (canned)
  • Stew (canned)
  • Fish (canned)
  • Beans (canned)
  • Pasta (whole grain preferred)
  • Rice (brown rice preferred)

There are many food banks in and around the Triangle that will be happy to take your donations. Here’s a tool you can use to help you find one close to you.

4. Help Children Learn To Read

Wake County’s Read and Feed program is an after-school literacy program that gives meals, books and tutoring to students from low-income families in Wake County. Their new Read Aloud program gives people a fun, socially-distant way to volunteer.

Right now, Read and Feed is asking people to volunteer by recording videos of themselves reading children’s books and uploading them to their site. They’ve got instructions on their website to help you do this as easily as possible.

Reading to children is one of the more unique volunteer opportunities near the Triangle.
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