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What places such as shelters or soup kitchens offer volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving Day?

Mike Voorheis


Here are three suggestions:

Volunteer Center

The Cape Fear Volunteer Center is accepting volunteers for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays.

The volunteer center allows prospective volunteers to choose a date and time they are available to help and then the center will see what requests match that time and distribute the volunteers so that different organizations receive help.

Annie Anthony, director of the center, said the center is a “one-stop shop” for volunteers. The center also accommodates that families that want to volunteer together.

To register to help, visit capefearvolunteercenter.org.

Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington has ample volunteers for Thanksgiving Day. With an average of about 30 volunteers per day, the center can use help at other times, though. Kristin Pollock, volunteer coordinator at Good Shepherd Center, said the shelter will need extra volunteer help around Christmas and New Year’s.

The center can also use donations. Super-sized cans of vegetables are always helpful, Pollock said, along with adult-sized backpacks and small packages of toiletries.

Brunswick County

In Brunswick County, the story is much the same. Debra Marlowe of Brunswick Senior Resources did not have specific volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving, but she does have other volunteers opportunities available.

Donations are needed for Christmas baskets to be distributed through Brunswick Family Assistance. Donations are also needed for angel tree gifts for foster children. Volunteers will also be needed to wrap presents.

Marlowe said drivers are needed for daily Meals on Wheels service and to transport seniors to medical appointments.

The annual StarNews Media Conscience Fair offers a chance for would-be volunteers to connect with representatives from scores of area nonprofits. The next Conscience Fair will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in the McKeithan Center on the North Campus of Cape Fear Community College. Watch for more information in the StarNews during the holiday season.

If you know of any other volunteer opportunities available on Thanksgiving or Christmas, let us know in the Comments section below.


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