5y8a7246Family Volunteer Day is a national effort held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is designed to encourage families to volunteer together, introduce children to volunteering, and strengthen our community.

Who: Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.

When and Where:  United Way of Greater Portland, One Canal Plaza, 3rd Floor, Portland from 9:30-11 a.m.

Project Details: Projects may include assembling parent engagement kits and making creative centerpieces from donated canned goods for the Community Thanksgiving meal served by Wayside Food Programs. This meal serves more than 300 individuals, and the decorations we make will help add to the celebration.

RSVP: Email or respond online here so we can ensure ample supplies and treats.

Note: The location iswheelchair accessible.

Can’t make the date?

You can still help:

  • Organize a collection: collect canned veggies, boxed mashed potatoes, quick bread mixes, and baking kits for Wayside Food Programs (supplies include: bags of sugar or flour, pie crust mix, canned pie fillings, evaporated milk, etc.).
  • Collect warm clothes, toys, or books to donate to local schools or organizations.
  • Don’t forget your local animal shelters. They often need help collecting donations of food, blankets, and pet toys.

Want more options? For a full list of volunteer opportunities in the Greater Portland area, visit