Volunteers Make Church's Community Thanksgiving Day Meal an Enduring Success

Friday, November 8, 2013

For nearly 25 years, the College Avenue Presbyterian Church community has hosted an annual Thanksgiving Day community meal. Begun as a way to build a deeper sense of community and to respond to concrete needs, the meal continues year in and year out to work towards those goals.

Rockridge today is an established, vibrant community. The Bible lifts up a definition of community as one in which those who are the least among us - the widow, the orphan and the foreigner - are not only not forgotten, but also have their place. Our annual meal is a way in which we serve each other, investing our time and resources to care for others, from the urban poor who live here, to the homeless who live in Oakland, to the elderly who are often alone at the holidays.

This Thanksgiving, the church hosts the meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at 5951 College Avenue. The meal is a joint project involving diverse members of our Rockridge community: congregational members, local merchants and local residents. An opportunity to gather as a community to respond to the needs of those struggling with hunger, solitude and joblessness, the meal generally is served to between 200-300 people by more than 50 volunteers gathered in the shared desire to make this event possible. The meal is open and free to everyone.

Donations of money and food are gratefully accepted. It's because of such donations that the meal takes place. You can also give of your time. Help is needed beginning Monday, November 25 through Wednesday the 27th to prepare and set-up and decorate the church gym for the meal. Significant help is needed the day of the event to set-up, cook, serve and also clean-up.

The latter requires the most work and often is the one the least amount of people want to do.

To volunteer, sign up online, or find a donation list, visit the Thanksgiving section on the church website at www.capcoakland.org or contact Kathryn in the church office: capc1@sbcglobal.net, phone 510/638-3665.