Events that we’re excited about and want to highlight. Each one is selected because it supports local civic engagement and/or issues we support.

Walk to End Hunger

Walk to End Hunger is an annual family-friendly 5K held on Thanksgiving morning to raise money to fight hunger. The donations benefit 13 area organizations that are working to end hunger.

Their goal this year is to raise $300,000! It’s the perfect way to “give back before you give thanks!” Register for the walk here.

When: Thanksgiving morning: November 22, 2018 7:00 a.m.   Where: Floors 1 and 2 of the East side of Mall of America by Sea Life

Ticket of Hope

Gospel Mission feeds anyone who is hungry, and they provide printable tickets for you to have on hand.

Spread the word about free meals at the Mission!

National Day of Giving

The National Day of Giving has continued to grow in popularity each year. Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it’s a practical way to add some giving to your thanks.

Good Grocer is getting in on the giving this year with a $100 donation to the MN Hunger Initiative. We’re inspired by the work they’re doing and happy to support their mission!

Important bonus: Facebook matches any donations made to non-profits on GivingTuesday, so join us in taking advantage of this offer! Learn more about Facebook matching here.

Click here to learn more about how you can join the movement and give to your favorite nonprofit.

Where to volunteer on Thanksgiving

If you’d like to serve a meal on Thanksgiving, it can take a little time to track down what organizations are open and serving food that day.

So, we compiled a list of who is open and needs volunteers. Some require in-person training beforehand, so sign up as soon as you can.

Salvation Army
The Twin Cities Thanksgiving meal is full already, but click here to see opportunities in greater Minnesota.

Meals on Wheels—Kitchen
There is always a need for volunteers to help prepare and pack the meals that go out. To sign up, click here.

Union Gospel Mission—St. Paul
Orientation is necessary. Sign up here.

Open Arms of Minnesota
Open Arms distributes frozen turkeys with sides the week before Thanksgiving or a fresh meal the day of. They need volunteers to make and deliver the meals leading up to Thanksgiving as well as on the actual day. Click here to sign up.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Thanksgiving lunch is served from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Call 763-788-9427

Do you know of an opportunity to serve on Thanksgiving that isn’t listed here? Reach out to to spread the word!

Doing Good Together: National Family Volunteer Day

Doing Good Together is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “Empowering families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving.”

Their National Family Volunteer Day November 16th is at Midtown Global Market. It’s a free service fair with opportunities to do good with your family in hands-on activities.

When: November 16, 2018 5:30–7:30
Where: Midtown Global Market 920 East Lake Street