Giving Thanks In, For, And With Our Community


Take a moment to give thanks to the wonderful communities we live in this Thanksgiving. Let’s show gratitude for our good fortune by spreading kindness to those less fortunate.

“No matter where you live, there are children in your community who are hungry,” Jeff Bridges, the national spokesperson for No Kid Hungry, tells us. This national organization enables you to feed one child ten meals with just a $1.00 donation. That’s right! $1.00 = 10 meals for 1 child. This Thanksgiving, they encourage you to organize a Friendsgiving event (a hike, a garage sale, an evening of jamming with your fiddle/guitar/mandolin playing friends, a whatever-you-want event) and donate the collective proceeds to their wonderful cause. More details

Below are just some of the local Silicon Valley organizations ready to help you give thanks, time, expertise, and donations to others this holiday season as well as year-round!

3500 Middlefield Ave., Menlo Park

The Padua Dining Room in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church provides 600 meals every day plus take home bags of food. In addition to food, the +150 Padua volunteers  (ages 16 and up) provide clothing and health services to homeless and low income people. Give thanks

4111 Alma St, Palo Alto

The Almost Eden Garden Project grows sustainable, premium quality organic produce for organizations that provide meals and services to homeless and low income families. Beneficiaries include the Padua Dining Room (above,) the South Palo Alto Food Closet, the Ecumenical Hunger Program in Palo Alto. Volunteer to work in the garden and/or secure donations such as plants, seeds, equipment, lumber. Give thanks


1785 Woodland Ave, East Palo Alto

Collective Roots is building sustainable healthy food systems in East Palo Alto through its Collective Gardening Network, Farmers’ Market, Greenhouse Seedlings Project and Workshops programs. This is a community based food system that promotes Growing (Gardening), Sharing (Education) and Eating (Healthy Food Access). Give thanks

4031 Pacific Blvd, San Mateo

Samaritan Houses provide food, access to shelter, healthcare and support services in San Mateo and Redwood City. Its programs include case management, free healthcare, housing and food services, financial empowerment, Kids Closet, Safe Harbor Shelter and worker resources. Donate your goods, expertise, and resources to help preserve dignity, promote self sufficiency, and foster a community of hope. Give thanks


Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness in 17 Silicon Valley/Peninsula locations
650-685-5880 Ext.138

LifeMoves’ unique model combines shelter/housing with comprehensive services that enable homeless families, individuals, veterans to return to stable housing and self sufficiency.  670 homeless people are housed each night; 9,636 people are served each year; 244,801 nights of shelter are provided by 225 employees and 15,000 volunteers.  Behavorial, housing, career, financial, health, and learning programs are available.  Host a Party with a Purpose and/or donate vehicles, furniture, items, and give with stock, employee match, planned giving, and community partners programs. Give thanks

This Thanksgiving, truly give thanks to others with your generosity and kindness. Happy Thanksgiving!