Still Plenty of Last-Minute Volunteering Opportunities for Thanksgiving in Michigan

Thanksgiving is devoted to celebrating what you’re thankful for, which makes it a perfect opportunity to lend a helping hand to the less fortunate among us. While many soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries and the like have already filled their volunteer slots for Thanksgiving Day, there are still opportunities to pitch in on or around that date:


Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries

Sign up here to serve lunch or dinner or find more details:

  • Nov. 1 — Nov. 30, Various Time Slots Serving Meals – Genesis House III
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, Various Time Slots Serving Meals – Detroit Rescue Mission
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, Various Time Slots Serving Meals – Christian Guidance Center
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 30, Various Time Slots Serving Meals – Oasis

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

There are many volunteer opportunities at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Some of the most popular jobs include:

  • Serving meals and assisting in the kitchens
  • Sorting and sizing clothing
  • Preparing emergency food packages
  • Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway
  • Christmas Coat Program
  • Assisting at our special events held throughout the year

Together We Can Food Drive

Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.
Art Van Furniture Customer Service Center, Warren
Join Art Van Furniture and WXYZ- TV Channel 7 to help feed the hungry this holiday season by collecting food for Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Halftime Show Stage Crew

Thursday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m.
Ford Field, Detroit
Volunteer by helping with field staging and presentation at the Detroit Lions/United Way Halftime Spectacular.

Grand Rapids

Mel Trotter Ministries

Volunteering slots are filled for Thanksgiving, but the rescue mission is accepting donations through its Brown Bag Food Drive through Dec. 2 at any Mel Trotter, Biggby Coffee or Chemical Bank location. Other volunteering opportunities are listed here.


The Peoples Church of East Lansing also lists a number of opportunities for volunteering in the Lansing area.


The Saginaw News has a rundown of volunteering opportunities in that region.

What did I miss? Tell us in the comments area below, and have a happy, gratifying Thanksgiving.

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Sven Gustafson

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Sven Gustafson is a senior writer in the Office of the President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He enjoys food, running, soccer and exploring Detroit and Michigan at large.
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  1. Gail Baird 6 months ago

    I would like to volunteer to serve the homeless on Thanksgiving. I lost my daughter 2 months ago and this is what I would like to do to fill the void this year, to give back and help others!!

    • Angela HernandezLoyd Angela HernandezLoyd 6 months ago

      Hi Gail! Thank you for reading. We’re so sorry to hear about your loss. is a great site that can help you find local service opportunities in your community.

  2. Irene Carson 6 months ago

    Hello, Me and my son would like to volunteer for Thanksgiving. I try to sign in to serve lunch but it’s saying Oop! that not a page.

    • Angela HernandezLoyd Angela HernandezLoyd 6 months ago

      Hi Irene, sorry about that! Which group are you interested in volunteering with? Detroit Rescue Mission has information here Thanks for reading!

  3. Rachel 6 months ago

    Please contact me about upcoming holiday events I would love to volunteer !

  4. gretchen nicolette 5 months ago

    volunteered at Devos Place on Thanksgiving and loved it! Would like to volunteer on Christmas if I could be of assistance somehow. Helping people in need helps me fill a void in my life. Please email me if you have any opportunities.