Thanksgiving Eve Dinner – Volunteer Infomation

Thank you for volunteering to help with the 2017 Albright Thanksgiving Eve Dinner!

Here are a few things that are helpful to know before you come to join us.

The Menu:

Thanks to the wonderful volunteer response we are able to cook more food from scratch this year! Here is what we will be cooking on Wednesday …

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Yams
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Gravy

We will also be serving rolls, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.


The dinner will be prepared and served from the kitchen and social hall of the First United Methodist Church located at the corner of Centre Avenue and Aiken Avenue.  The address is 5401 Centre Avenue.   (This is the church on the other side of the Wendy’s drive through from Albright)

  • Entrance – use the entrance on Centre Ave above the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
  • Parking – there is a limited number of spots in the small lot on Centre. There is also street parking on Centre Ave

When you arrive:

Please head to the volunteer check-in table.

  • Sign a waiver
  • Get a name tag
  • Wash your hands! (There will be lots of hand washing)

We will have a place for coats, but we recommend leaving your purses and valuables in your car.

Volunteer Tasks:

In the kitchen: food prep, cooking, dishwashing

Outside of the kitchen: setup, setting the table, dishwashing

All volunteers who are working in the kitchen MUST wear a hairnet. (a hat is also permissible)


This is an approximate schedule of activities for the day

  • 10am
    • Kitchen: Food prep
    • Dining room: clean and set up tables
  • 11am-3pm
    • Kitchen: Food prep & Cooking
    • dining room: set tables
  • 3pm – 5pm
    • Final food prep – preparing food for buffet
    • Guests start to arrive and line up in hallway
    • Dishwashing – get started on cleaning up the cooking supplies
  • 5pm
    • Set up buffet
    • final table setting
    • Set up dessert table
  • 5:30-7pm
    • Dinner is served!
    • Volunteers will refill beverages, serve dessert, clear dishes
  • 7pm – done
    • Wash dishes
    • Put away tables & chairs
    • Take out the trash & recycling


  • Q: I need to change the time I signed up to help?
    • A: Just come over when you are available! There is always something to help with. We will have volunteer tasks all day.
  • Q: Should I bring an apron?
    • A: We will have disposable aprons available. You can bring your own apron if you would like.
  • Q: Who attends the dinner?
    • A: Everyone! We have extended an invitation far and wide. Posters have been hung around the neighborhood. Emails have been sent to community groups. All are welcome to attend. We are excited that Hello Neighbor has extended an invitation to refugee families that have recently settled in Pittsburgh.  Feel free to extend an invitation to other groups you know of.
  • Q: How many guests attend the dinner?
    • A: Last year we served about 150 dinners. It is hard to get an exact head count on the number of people who will be attending. We have planned enough food to serve 175 people.
  • Q: Is there enough food for volunteers to have dinner as well?
    • A: Some years, there is more than enough food for volunteers to have dinner as well. If there is enough food, we encourage volunteers to take a break and sit and eat dinner with the guests.
  • Q: What happens to extra food?
    • A: We have already reached out to area nonprofits If there is extra food, we have a plan to donate any leftovers.
  • Q: Can I share photos on social media!