Giving Back this Thanksgiving Season

The holiday season is a time full of joy, celebration, fun with friends, and gratitude. It’s a time when we often realize how much we’ve been given and wish to give back to others who have maybe not been allotted as many gifts in life. We found a few places where you and your friends or family can volunteer this holiday season and give back. Tag us with @madisonprops and #madisongivesback on social media!

Turkeys, Turkeys, Turkeys

The Denver Rescue Mission’s annual Turkey Drive is coming up and there are numerous ways you can help out. From the DRM website:

  1. Help provide the following items:
    • Frozen Turkeys (12 lbs. or more; turkeys must be frozen to meet safety standards)
    • Boxed Mashed Potatoes
    • Boxed Stuffing
    • Canned Fruit
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Canned Yams
  2. Please bring your donations to one of these locations: 
  3. Give cash toward a turkey. The average turkey costs between $15.00 and $20.00. Donate online!
  4. Host a drive and collect turkeys and needed canned food items for Thanksgiving.
  5. Volunteer For the Turkey Drive!  

We’re in need of special “Turkey Toss” volunteers every day November 15 through November 22 to help collect turkeys from generous donors across from our Lawrence Street Shelter downtown. Shifts range from 2 to 3 hours. Follow these steps to sign up:

  • Go to www.denverrescuemission.org/volunteer 
  • Click “Advanced Search”
  • Under Title, type in “turkey” 
  • This will take you to a page of all the special volunteer projects related to our Turkey Drive

Uplift Community Seniors

Many elderly in the community are without friends or family over the holidays for a multitude of reasons. The Senior Assist Center offers resources, community, and more to Denver seniors. Reach out to the organization through their website or by phone (303.455.9642) to learn about the many volunteer and donation opportunities!

Soup Kitchen

Located in Arvada, the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen is always looking for volunteers. Preparing a meal for those in need is incredibly rewarding, and an easy thing to involve the whole family in. Especially over the holiday season when many are missing their families, this is an amazing way to give back. You can contact the Catholic Worker or sign up to volunteer on their website or via email.

Serve at the Food Bank

The Food Bank of the Rockies is one of Denver’s biggest food donation organizations. Serving many throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, it focuses especially on getting healthy food to kids through a number of programs. Their website is full of volunteer opportunities ranging from preparing meals, organizing boxes, helping with deliveries, and assisting with office tasks! Check out their website for FAQs, to learn more about opportunities, and to sign up!

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