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Show Your Gratitude by Giving Back this November

By: April Pierce, Communications & Web Services Intern

Thanksgiving is a holiday that allows us to express our gratitude for life. One way to show your gratitude is by giving back to others, especially during the holiday season, when we all crave the warmth and comfort of food, friends, and family.

At Daily Work, we know from personal experience how much the smallest act of kindness makes in someone’s life. If you’re looking for a way to warm someone’s heart this Thanksgiving, consider volunteering at an organization that will be providing hot meals on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a great way to make an impact and have an emotionally fulfilling experience that you will treasure, too.

The holidays are also a great time for people to earn extra money by working a seasonal job. You can support Daily Work job seekers who are working their way up the career ladder by making a donation at https://www.givemn.org/organization/Daily-Work. If you prefer to donate office supplies or warm clothes, read Leah’s blog “Share the Warmth” for some good ideas.   

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1) The Cherokee Tavern Thanksgiving Day Dinner

Description: The Cherokee Tavern, Casper family, Neighbors Inc. and several other organizations have come together again to celebrate a 33 year-old tradition. This popular Saint Paul restaurant will be hosting a free Thanksgiving Day dinner on November 26 that will serve and deliver more than 3,500 hot meals. In addition to requesting financial donations for supplies they are also in need of volunteers to deliver and serve meals.

Courtesy of Union Gospel Mission

Location: 886 Smith Avenue South West Saint Paul, MN 55118

Contact Information: Contact The Cherokee Tavern directly at 651-457-2729. 

2)  Meals on Wheels

Description: Meals on Wheels is an amazing service that provides free or low-cost food to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and families in need. This November many dedicated volunteers will be going out on Thanksgiving Day to deliver almost 14,000 hot meals to those in need. This is a big job so they’re eager for the help of anyone interested in participating. Positions available include food preparation and/or meal delivery.

Location: 1200 Washington Avenue S., Suite 380, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Contact Information: Visit https://meals-on-wheels.com/volunteer/ to view available positions. For more information, call (612) 623-3363 to speak with a staff member 

3)  Union Gospel Mission (UGM)

Description: The UGM offers shelter and other essential services to the homeless and others. They serve over 60,000 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities every Thanksgiving through the help of churches, nonprofits, and individual volunteers. To register your organization to assist with this year’s Thanksgiving Day food drop off, visit https://www.ugmtc.org/tgmeals/ to learn more.

Location: There are several UGM locations spread out across the Twin Cities to visit if you’d like to ask questions about volunteer opportunities in person.

Contact Information: You can reach the UGM main office at (651) 228-1800.


Daily Work is open to all. To learn more about our employment and mentoring services, call (651) 204-3043 or stop by our office at 105 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55103.

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