2018 Thanksgiving-Eve Volunteer Information


VOLUNTEER Information.pngThank you for signing up to help with the 2018 Albright Thanksgiving Eve Dinner.

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

As mentioned below – we can always use help, if you need to come at a different time or want to bring a friend to help, we will put you to work!

highmarkAnd we extend a special thank you to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and their financial sponsorship of this event dinner.

The Menu:

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

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

Dinner Location:

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, we will have hairnets available. (A hat is also permissible).


This is an approximate schedule of activities for the day

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

Set up buffet
final table setting
Set up a dessert table

5:30pm – 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: Who attends the dinner?
A: Everyone! All are welcome to attend. Feel free to extend an invitation to other groups you know of.

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 bring my children to volunteer?
A: Families are welcome to volunteer. If you are bringing a child, plan to stay with them and help them with their volunteer task. (For example, parents and kids often hand out pie together)

Q: Can I share photos on social media!
A: Yes, please! You can tag @AlbrightPGH on Twitter & Instagram and Friends of Albright on Facebook.

Q: What is happening with the Albright Church Building?
A: See this post for a brief update on the future of the Albright Church building.