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Giving Back

Where to volunteer this Thanksgiving season.


Race to Deliver
Meet at the Bethesda Fountain, Central Park W. and 72nd St.; 11/22 at 8:30 a.m.; kids race at 10 a.m.; to contact Race to Deliver, 212-294-8119; to contact New York Road Runners, 212-860-4455; raceinfo@glwd.org
A fund-raiser for God’s Love We Deliver, the Race to Deliver is a four-mile run/walk with the goal of funding 40,000 meals throughout the year. ($10 equals one meal.) Not so athletic? You can also donate money directly, or send your children to participate in one of the kids’ races of varying lengths.

Cranksgiving
Hudson Yards, 11th Ave. and 34th St.; 11/21 at 1:30 p.m.; cranksgiving.org
More the stop-and-shop type? Show up with a bike (and lock) and $15 to $20 at this food drive–cum–scavenger hunt on two wheels. At registration, participants will receive a manifest listing locations to buy canned goods and non-perishables that will be donated to the Bowery Mission. From there, it’s a bike race to collect them all and reach the finish line first. There’s even an award ceremony, but really, everyone’s a winner. Registration is only in person, but visit the official website for more information.

New York Cares Coat Drive
Various locations
As another potentially brutal winter approaches, New York Cares is running its annual coat drive, collecting and delivering warm outerwear to those in need. Volunteers can host a collection or help sort. If you’re short on time, donations are always accepted. More information, including how to register, here.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 E. 70th St., nr. First Ave., 212-218-0487; contact volunteer director Anthony Snowden at asnowden@lenoxhill.org
One of the oldest settlement houses in the nation, this community-based organization provides a variety of services to the East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. On Monday, November 23, they’re seeking folks to serve food at their annual Thanksgiving Dinner Dance for senior citizens. And since it is a dance, come ready to boogie. You’ll never know when duty calls.

Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition
253 Wythe Ave., at N. 1st St., Williamsburg; 718-486-7489
Take care of our four-legged friends at this no-kill shelter, where volunteers are needed to walk the big dogs either in the morning (Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to noon) or evening (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.), or hang with the cats in the cat loft (Tuesday through Friday noon to 4 p..m), which sounds like such a hip Willamsburg thing to do. No reservations are taken, so show up early and often.

Dorot Thanksgiving Meal Delivery 2015
171 W. 85th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave.; 212-769-2850; 11/22 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
It's named for the Hebrew word for “generations,” but all are welcome to volunteer at this culturally Jewish, nonsectarian organization helping the homebound elderly. On Sunday the 22nd, volunteers are needed to take Thanksgiving meals and Hanukkah gifts to seniors and to visit with them for an hour. If this sounds like the job for you, advanced registration is required; sign up here.

Gobble Gobble Give
550 W. 155th St., at Broadway
This local nonprofit assembles and delivers meals to people living on the streets on Thanksgiving Day. Keep an eye on its website for updates on services and items need, and in the meantime, start collecting items like clothing, packaged and canned foods, toiletries, blankets, and children’s toys, which will be delivered along with the meals.

God’s Love We Deliver

166 Sixth Ave., at Spring St.; 212-294-8100
The organization is looking for drivers to drop off nutritious meals to more than 2,000 New Yorkers on Thanksgiving Day. Don’t have a car? You can also sponsor a holiday meal for $10.


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