Thanks for your interest in volunteering!
We are very excited that you want to be a part of this year’s mission.
We have several volunteer opportunities available throughout the week of Thanksgiving.
Check out our Process below for an overview of our volunteer needs, or click here to learn more about specific jobs our volunteers can do!
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On Sunday, we begin the challenge of cooking a few hundred turkeys; we’ll need some help with that until Wednesday. All of the turkeys will be cooked in the kitchens at Lamb of God Church.
Beginning Monday afternoon, volunteers come to pull the meat off the turkeys and package them in individual- and family-size portions. This is one of the most popular volunteer opportunities for families and groups. You’ll often find various youth groups and Boy/Girl Scout troops huddling over tables to weigh pieces of turkey.
On Wednesday, we’ll start cooking the rest of the fixings that make Thanksgiving Dinner so delicious. Then, Wednesday afternoon, we’ll package trays for families that have the ability to reheat their meals at home and put them in the refrigerator truck for the drivers on Thursday morning.
Bright and early on Thursday morning, hundreds of volunteers join together to package hot meals and deliver them to thousands of families across 5 counties in Southwest Florida.
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Registration for 2015 will open in October.
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Turkey Pullers are responsible for pulling turkeys from Monday to Wednesday afternoon.
Kitchen Help is responsible for preparing all the fixings that make Thanksgiving Dinner delicious. In order to feed over 5000 people, we cook for the four days prior to Thanksgiving. If you have a love of cooking and you don’t mind hanging out in a hot kitchen, then this is the job for you.
Drivers will meet at the church on Thursday morning to collect their “routes.” They need to gather all the food necessary for those stops and deliver the food to the people in need. This can be one of the most fulfilling jobs in the process, and don’t worry, written driving directions are provided.
Servers are responsible for dishing up the fixings into the delivery trays. They will also re-filling the trays when the fixings run out.
We often get breads and desserts donated from area restaurants and stores. They generously donate the items that don’t sell after closing time on Wednesday, and we need some help sorting and organizing these last-minute deliveries at LOG.
The process of managing over 400 volunteers and feeding over 5000 people is a hectic one. At times, the people stationed at each area may need you to find someone to ask questions. Since the people that are stationed in each area really can’t leave those areas, it is up to the runners to get the answers.
Once the meals are done and everyone is gone, the clean up begins. We need to clean up the kitchen and the sanctuary. Heavy lifting is required for this position.
Car Buddies will be the main escorts to help drivers fill their orders and load their cars. To be a car buddy, you need to be able to lift and carry meals, and be friendly, outgoing, and detail-oriented. It will be up to you to make sure that each driver has everything that they need to make their deliveries.
Traffic control volunteers will be helping to direct both the people inside and the vehicles in the parking lot. We will need some volunteers at the welcome table to help sign people in and tell them where to go next. We’ll need some in the main room to help rally the troops, and we’ll need some outside directing traffic in the parking lot.
The phone staff will be stationed in the Church Office, away from the hustle and bustle of food preparation. You will be on standby to answer the phone and give directions to any drivers that may call you. Decision making and technological skills are needed for this position.