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November 07, 2019

Where to volunteer in Philadelphia this month

Three local organizations are looking for a little help

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November brings Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on life's blessings. It's also a great time to lend a hand. 

There are a slew of volunteer opportunities around Thanksgiving, including packaging and delivering turkey baskets. But there are other ways to volunteer, as well. Every year, the Philadelphia Marathon relies on thousands of volunteers. 

Here, you’ll find three deserving groups in need of volunteers this month that will welcome you and your desire to give back. 


Where to volunteer: Philadelphia Marathon, multiple locations 

What you can do: There are many ways to volunteer during Philadelphia Marathon weekend, Nov. 22-24. Volunteers are needed to help out at the start and finish lines of both the half- and full marathons, held Saturday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 24, respectively. People also are needed to hand out water at various locations during both races and distribute race bibs and t-shirts at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

How to get involved: At least 2,500 volunteers are needed throughout the weekend to help with the Health & Fitness Expo and various races. A full list of volunteer opportunities can be found here. 


Where to volunteer: Urban Affairs Coalition, 1207 Chestnut St.

What you can do: The Urban Affairs Coalition hands out Thanksgiving baskets to some 2,000 families in need each year. Their efforts have fed more than 200,000 Philadelphia residents during the last 35 years. Volunteers who are at least 14 years old are needed to stuff the baskets on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Brown's Family ShopRite, located at 24th Street and Oregon Avenue in South Philly. Volunteers also are needed to deliver meals from the Brown's Family ShopRite at 2946 Island Ave. on Monday, Nov. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

How to get involved: Prospective volunteers should complete this form. Anyone with questions can email or call 215-851-1937.


Where to volunteer: Bethesda Project, 1630 South St.

What you can do: The Bethesda Project cares for more than 1,700 homeless and formerly homeless people at its 14 locations every year, providing emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, case management services and community activities. Volunteers are needed to serve meals, host game days and assist with facility maintenance – sweeping floors, cleaning kitchens and sorting donations. A full guide to the organization and its volunteer opportunities can be found here.

How to get involved: Individuals interested in volunteers can apply here. Groups can volunteer here.  People with questions can email or call 215-236-7850.

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