Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities in Albuquerque

Volunteering in Albuquerque for Thanksgiving

As the Thanksgiving holiday draws near, many people are making plans on how to spend the day with friends and family. Perhaps you’re planning to travel and visit loved ones in another area.

But if you’re stumped on plans, or looking for a way to show thanks by giving back, there are plenty of volunteering and donating opportunities in the Albuquerque area.

The Roadrunner Food Bank is the largest in New Mexico, and has been providing food to the needy for over 20 years. The Roadrunner bank is running their annual holiday food and fund drive, and there are several ways you can help. You can donate money or food, or your time by volunteering. You can also host an online food drive from your own computer. For more information, visit their website.

Joy Junction is New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, and provides shelter, food and clothing to those who need it most. You can donate money through their site, or offer food, clothing, or your time.

If you want to work up a healthy appetite while helping out the poor and hungry, participate in the 12th annual Turkey Trek. In addition to a 5k run, there is a two mile fitness walk, and divisions for seniors and children. There is no registration the day of the race, so register by Tuesday the 22nd. For more information, visit this site. You can also bring food and clothing donation items to the event.

The Albuquerque Rescue Mission is asking for turkeys between November 15th and 17th. The birds will be used to feed the homeless and near homeless this Thanksgiving. For more details and drop-off locations, visit their site.

The city of Albuquerque’s website actually has a section for MOVE, the Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism & Engagement. You can find a wealth of volunteering opportunities here, and you can also post your own need for volunteers, if you have one.

Regardless if you can or want to volunteer, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.