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Holiday Helpers

Ways to give back this Thanksgiving season.

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You: Have the gift of gab.
Where to Volunteer: Hungerthon 2010.
524 W. 57th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; contact Mary, 212-629-8850 x 10
In business since 1975, WhyHunger’s Hungerthon raises money to combat poverty via a series of fund-raising concerts that culminates with Radiothon (a multi-station, call-in pledge drive and auction). Volunteers are needed to answer donor calls and help with data entry all day Saturday the 20th and in the early morning shift (5:30 a.m.) and late shift (6:30 p.m) Tuesday the 23rd. Note: For security reasons, volunteers must preregister.

You: Are light on your feet.
Where to Volunteer: Jay-Harama Senior Center.
2600 Ocean Ave., nr. Ave U, Brooklyn; contact Risa Erps, Program Director, 718-891-1110
Every year, the Ocean Parkway senior organization throws a Thanksgiving shindig for its members. Volunteers are needed to serve food, clean up, and — undoubtedly the most fun part — to interact with and dance with seniors. Start brushing up on your moves.

You: Can drive, have a car.
Where to Volunteer: God’s Love We Deliver.
Contact Emily Findley, 212-294-8184
From 9 a.m.–1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the organization is looking for folks to drop off nutritious meals and hand-decorated Thanksgiving baskets to more than 1,500 homebound. You’ll need a vehicle, a partner, and map skills. (But really, let's be honest, a GPS.)


The Race to Deliver  

You: Are athletically inclined.
Where to Volunteer: The Race to Deliver.
Meet at the Bethesda Fountain, Central Park West and 72nd St.; contact Race to Deliver, 212- 294-8119; contact New York Road Runners, 212-860-4455
All sponsorship proceeds from this four-mile run/walk go to God's Love We Deliver. It's open to all ages (including fun runs for kids) and skill levels, so you can make it a family affair. And if you’re more the cheering type, co-organizer New York Road Runners has volunteer positions open.

You: Fancy yourself a Martha Stewart.
Where to Volunteer: Immaculate Conception Church.
754 East Gun Hill Rd., nr. Holland Ave., the Bronx; contact Father Robert, 718-653-2200
In their biggest food pantry event of the year, the church is looking for manpower to assemble food baskets and help distribute them in the area (no vehicle required). The event takes place Saturday the 20th starting at 9 a.m., with lunch provided.

You: Are a natural salesman.
Where to Volunteer: Give Pie.
Contact Jon Gonzalez, 215-370-7549
In its first year in New York, the charity organization aims to sell over 10,000 pies to benefit families in need. There are seven varieties, ranging from classic pumpkin or pecan to caramel apple and Belgian chocolate. You can help by selling pies, either on your own or with a team, or purchasing one.


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