Volunteer

Gobble Gobble Give is looking for volunteers on every level. Those who can give food, clothing, or toiletries and those who can donate their time on Thanksgiving day warming, packaging and delivering food. If you will be arriving to help us, please RSVP at one of the links below and plan on showing up at 10am at one of the  designated venues for this year.. We look forward to seeing you!
RSVP for Los Angeles – Echo Park
RSVP for Los Angeles – Santa Monica
RSVP for New York, NY
RSVP for Las Vegas, NV
RSVP for Austin, TX


Here’s how it works:

Everyone is asked to bring the following:
1. A DISH. “ALREADY HEATED” This is a potluck event. It can be as little as a side of vegetables or it can be three large bowls of your grandma’s famous “cranberry walnut stuffing”. We can always use Turkeys and main course items. Side dishes are great as well. Veggies, Veggies, Veggies. Mashed potatoes, yams, vegetables, greens, etc. Of course desserts are always awesome.

2. FIVE (5) SMALL TOILETRY KITS. that include a: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. You can get these items very inexpensively at $0.99 stores.

3. CLOTHING AND BLANKETS. Please bring any used blankets and/or gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes, beanies/hats for men, women, children.

At 10:15 we begin a large “conveyor Belt” of food and with the help of everyone we put the meals together. We box them up together with care packages of tooth brushes, soap, clothes, etc..

At around 11: 00 a.m. the first vehicles begin to roll out. For those of you who have a car and want to drive you will be known as drivers. We will put a few people in your car with you and you will go out in two or three car teams. We hit the riverbeds, the alleys, the freeway overpasses. sometimes we discover small villages of people in dirt fields and empty lots. The vehicles return after delivering all the meals. We are always done by 1:00 p.m..

Here are definitions of the positions:

Early Birds … The day officially starts at 10:00 a.m. but there is a few of us who need to get there early to set things up, warm up the ovens, put tables up, etc… We are there as early as 7:30 a.m. If you are available and want to join us you are welcome.

Kitchen Crew … for heating and warming and carving and slicing. There is always work to do in the kitchen. It’s one of the messier jobs so we all roll up our sleeves. We have aprons and gloves. This is the nucleus of the event.

Conveyor Belt Crew … this is where it all goes down. There are about 100 people on both sides of a very long table putting food into “take out” containers. Napkins, plastic ware, etc. It’s kind of like working in the Army slop line I figure (but not as serious) and the food is a whole lot better.

Boxers … these are the people that handle the meals after they get off the conveyor belt. They put the meals with all the extras like clothes, waters, cleaning supplies and toothbrushes. This is the last stop before the meals go out.

Vehicle Coordinators … we need a few people to stand outside and direct the vehicles as they pull in to fill up with the goods. Kind of like being a traffic cop but a lot cooler.

Drivers … These are people that want to drive. We will fill your car with meals and other volunteers. You will go out in two or three car teams. We will coordinate an area with you that we think will be most effective. If you have friends they can go in your car of course. When you are out of meals you come back.

Cleaners … Every year we ask a small crew to stay behind with some of us and help put the “Echo” back to normal. It’s not that hard because everyone pitches in. But being the most unglamorous job it is very appreciated.

Warmers … We give you a turkey the night before and you bring it “cooked and warm” on the day of. Warmers are really cool.

It is not imperative that you specify your position in advance. Just keep in mind what it is that you want to do when you arrive. It will help us get you right in to the action. Early birds just arrive early.

88 thoughts on “Volunteer

  1. Hello! I’d like to be a part of this year’s volunteer kitchen crew in the Echo Park location. If I can have further information on going about the process thanks!

    • Hi Bridget and apologies for the late response. You can click on the “LA – Echo Park” link here on this site (on the front page) or the “Cities” link followed by “LA – Echo Park” to see the specifics. Basically just show up at 10am, preferably with some potluck-appropriate food and/or warm clothes & care items. :)

  2. The link for the Santa Monica location seems to go to an old Facebook page that was last posted to on 2013. Also, how are you guys gauging how many people show up? We’d hate to show up and be of no help if there are too many people.

    • Hi Jane! We’ve corrected the facebook link, thanks for the heads up. We do not turn away anyone that wants to help, so showing up as close to 10am as you can is important if you want to be involved with food & clothing prep because a long line can form and the line moves along based on our on-hand supply of goods to package for the homeless. The ultimate activity at any GGG event is taking food & care packages directly to the homeless, and unfortunately there’s no lack of need for that through each day.

  3. I’m not sure if this is how I sign up but I’d love to sign up my mom, dad, brother, and myself for the Santa Monica location! :) we will bring food, 5 toiletry kits and some blankets and clothing. Thank you for this awesome opportunity! See you on Thanksgiving at 10am :)

    Katie

  4. How do u sign up a family of 4 to volunteer at the Santa Monica location? Do each one of us bring 5 toiletry kits for a total of 20?

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  6. Hi! I’m not active on Facebook. I just contributed to Indegogo and I’d like to volunteer for Echo Park. Is there a person I can email please?

    • Hi Neelou! Thanks very much for your contribution and you are more than welcome to volunteer! Think of the event like a big potluck party, and bringing some food (or appropriate clothing or care items) are your ‘ticket’. No one gets turned away from volunteering but we can never get enough foodstuffs (especially proteins like warmed turkey). Just show up at 10am to the Echo Park location and be ready to help assemble meals/clothes and you’re also welcome to hop in a car and go deliver meals to the homeless — that’s what it’s really about!

  7. My family and I plan on volunteering this year for the early am shift at the Hollywood location and will make ourselves available to deliver meals to the homeless also

    • Great Miriam! Show up at 10am ready to rock. If you can bring some potluck-appropriate foodstuffs or some cold-weather-appropriate clothes that would be awesome, but just your smiling faces will be more than enough too. Everyone is welcome. :)

  8. I want to be part of this event I have cloths and my husband can be one driver if you need it, my family and me are very interesting to be there please send me all the inf I need to be there

  9. Me and a friend of mine would love to volunteer this year in NYC! We both have a daughter (4&10) and we would like to get any information possible! Thanks!

  10. I am not on Facebook. I live in New York and my husband and I would love to volunteer. Who can we email or do we show up with food, etc.?

  11. I have twins boys that are 11. Are there jobs they can help out with? If so, I will take it to their scouting troup to see if anyone else wants to join in.
    We would be coming to the Santa Monica location.

    • Hi Tom! Yes, all GGG events are family-friendly. One thing we always need more of every year are protein (meat, tofurkey, anything) and, as far as care items, sensible cool-weather clothing like socks. You and your family & friends are welcome to come even without anything to donate, but it helps tremendously and keeps things moving. Think of it it like a big potluck party; it’s happy madness.

  12. To whom it may concern:

    My friend and I would like to volunteer on the 27th to help out with the conveyor belt and boxing tasks.

    • Hi Victoria! Show up at 10am to the GGG location of your choice. If you and your friend could bring some potluck-appropriate food and/or care items (like warm clothing) for the homeless that would be great too. It’s not mandatory but it helps the event keep moving along. Thanks!

  13. Hello, I would like to ba a part of this event on the 27th. I have a large breast only that I would like to prepare the night before and bring to donate. Is there any special way I need to prepare it or deliver it? Do you need more help in one location over another? I can easily get to SM or Santa Ana. I don’t have a way to RSVP to either location.

  14. Hi my daughter & I (she’s over 18) have for the last 3 years gone to Eco park & delivered food & care packages (we usually make 3-4 rounds. This year I did a collection at my work & have a car full of shoes, blankets etc I’m wondering, where are we most needed? We need to leave by 12:30, we can start anytime! Happy to drive … Pls lmk Santa Monica or echo park, who needs us more?

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