Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Thank You for Making the 45th Annual Albright Thanksgiving Eve Dinner a Success!

The 2019 Albright Thanksgiving Eve dinner was a huge gathering! We had over 100 volunteers who helped with cooking and clean up. This year we served over 250 meals on-site.  Thank you for making the holiday extra special!

This is a 100% volunteer-run event…and thanks to all throughout our greater Pittsburgh community for prepping and cooking the food, serving the hot meals, setting up tables, and helping to clean up. And we’re incredibly grateful all who donated funds to support the dinner.

And very special thanks to:

  • Rev. Tracy Cox and Rev. Jeff Miller of First United Methodist Church -Thank you for your incredible support, the use of your facility and all of your wonderful volunteers.
  • East End Cooperative Ministry – Thank you for your time and the use of your space.
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2019 Albright Dinner Volunteer Info & FAQ

If you are planning to volunteer to help with the 2019 Albright Thanksgiving Eve Dinner, here is some information for volunteers.

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! 

The Menu:

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

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

Where to go: 

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: room setup, setting the table, serving guests beverages and dessert, dishwashing

All volunteers who are working in the kitchen MUST wear a hairnet, which we will have available. (A hat is also permissible).

Schedule for the day:

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 the 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 the 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

Volunteer FAQ:

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.

 

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Thank You for Making the 2018 Albright Thanksgiving Eve Dinner One of Our Largest!

The 2018 Albright Thanksgiving Eve dinner was a huge success! We had over 100 volunteers who helped with cooking and clean up. This year we served over 250 meals on-site and an additional 100 meals were sent to a local shelter for distribution!

The 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner was featured in a video on the Post-Gazette website!

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More photos from the evening…

Thank You!

This is a 100% volunteer-run event…and thanks to all, throughout our greater Pittsburgh community for prepping and cooking the food, serving the hot meals, setting up tables, and clean up.

A special thanks to:

All of the Volunteers & Donors!

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Thank you for your financial sponsorship of the dinner.

First United Methodist Church

Thank you for the use of your facility and all of your wonderful volunteers.

East End Cooperative Ministry

Thank you for your time and the use of your facility.

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Thank you for distributing additional meals from the dinner to Pittsburgh neighbors.

New Sun Rising

For your continued support of Friends of Albright and this annual event.

 

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Thank You for Making the 2017 Albright Thanksgiving Dinner a Success!

Thank you for your generous support of the 2017 Albright Thanksgiving-Eve Dinner. Because of your time and your generous donations, we are able to keep this annual tradition strong…43 years and counting!  This year’s dinner was a huge success and we could not have made this happen without you. Check this
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We served dinner to over 200 neighbors from across the city. This is a 100% volunteer-run event…from the cooking, serving the hot meals, setting up tables, and clean up…neighbors from across the city came out to help.   It was a true community effort. Try the Hospitality Parking System from computerized valet parking system.

More photos from the dinner are available here.

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Supporters of the 2016 Thanksgiving-eve dinner include:

  • First United Methodist Church for donating the use of their kitchen and social hall.
  • Volunteers – we can’t do it without you!
  • Donors – thank you for the generous monetary donations!
  • Breadworks for the generous donation of assorted rolls for the meal.
  • Germain Watkins for taking photos of the event!

Thank you again for your generous support.

– The Friends of Albright Team

More Photos & Video from the 2017 Albright Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

The Trib stopped by and made a video of the preparations for this year’s Thanksgiving Eve dinner. You can watch the video here.

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Thank You for Making the 2016 Albright Thanksgiving Dinner a Success!

A long overdue update on the Albright Community Thanksgiving-eve dinner.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s dinner a success. We served dinner to over 200 neighbors from across the city. Over 100 volunteers helped to cook, serve, set tables, and clean up after the meal. It was a true community effort.

Supports of the 2016 Thanksgiving-eve dinner include:

  • First United Methodist Church for donating the use of their kitchen and social hall.
  • Volunteers
  • Donors – thank you to the 25 people who donated to the Albright GoFundMe Page
  • Eat N’Park for the generous donation of Smiley Cookies
  • Breadworks for the generous donation of assorted rolls for the meal.

A photo from the dinner was included in the Thanksgiving day edition of the Post-Gazette.

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Some photos from the day:

Click here to watch the timelapse from the 2016 dinner.
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Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

Wed. 11/23/16 – Albright Thanksgiving-Eve Dinner

This year’s Dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, 5401 Centre Avenue, 15232. (Just down the block from the Albright Church Building).

The Albright Community Thanksgiving-Eve dinner is more than making sure everyone has some turkey and stuffing to eat on Thanksgiving day (many folks take home an extra meal in a to-go box), but it is an opportunity for people, neighbors, from all over this city come and sit at the table together for food and conversation.

We need your help to make the 2016 dinner a success. Please consider making a contribution to help pay for the costs of the meal. Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve as well.

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2015 Thanksgiving Eve Dinner Volunteer Schedule

The 2015 Albright Community Thanksgiving Eve Dinner will be cooked and served at First United Methodist Church.

This is a FREE meal and all are welcome to attend.

41st Annual Albright Community Thanksgiving Eve Dinner 
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Dinner Served: 5:30-8pm
Location: First United Methodist Church
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1EbMN98

Location & Parking Information

First United Methodist Church located at 5401 Centre Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

The entrance to the Fellowship Dining hall is accessed via the Centre Ave parking lot (directly across from Panera Bread). Please enter up the stairs and through the courtyard into the Fellowship Dining Hall. (Left side of the Toy Lending Library). The Liberty Ave Entrance to the church WILL BE LOCKED, do not enter through main church doors. Look for Volunteer Signage around the property directing you to the Fellowship Dining Hall. When you arrive, look for Duane or Taafoi, and we will direct you where to sign in and give a brief orientation.

PARKING INFO: There is a parking lot here with signage shared with the Toy Lending Library. Street Parking is also be available if that lot is full. (Please do not park in the Wendy’s or Panera parking lot).

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Thanksgiving Week Volunteer Hours

Here are the days and hours we have access to the kitchen at First Church.

If you have already signed up to volunteer, you should have recieved an email with additional details about your shift.

If you have not signed up to help yet. You can sign up for a volunteer shift here, or you are welcome to stop by and we will put you to work.

  • Sunday, November 22: 3pm-8pm
  • Monday, November 23: 3pm-9pm
  • Tuesday, November 24:  Noon-3pm, 5-7pm
  • Wednesday, November 25: 8am-9pm

Additional volunteer help is needed:

If you would like to help with either of these please email friends@AlbrightPGH.com with your availability.

  • Thursday, November 26: Provide a pie or dessert for EECM Thanksgiving. We can arrange to have desserts dropped off earlier in the week.
  • Friday, November 27: Prepare and serve lunch at EECM Community House
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Albright Thanksgiving Dinner – Now A Zero Waste Event

PRC-Zero-wasteWe are excited to announce that we will be working with the Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) to make the 2015 Albright Thanksgiving Dinner a Zero-Waste event. We will be recycling and composting almost all of the waste produced from both the cooking and the Thanksgiving Eve dinner. (We were not able to get compostable utensils for this years dinner).

Friends of Albright is committed to sustainability and we are happy to have the support of the PRC and many volunteers to make this possible.

What is Zero Waste? From the PRC website:

Zero Waste is a philosophy that aims to turn the “waste” from every process into resources for another process. In other words, outputs (waste) become inputs (resources) and nothing is wasted. This requires the designing and managing of products and processes to minimize and ultimately eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, this allows for the conservation and recovery all resources. Zero Waste represents an economic alternative to current waste systems, where new resources are continually required to replenish wasted raw materials.

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Photo credit: PA Resources Council

If you are coming to attend the dinner or volunteer we will have detailed instructions on how to sort any waste so that it can be recycled or composted properly.

Learn more about the PA Resource Council and Zero Waste events here.