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Volunteer & Make a Difference



Now more than ever we need your help to make a difference in the lives of over 5,000 Fulton and Montgomery County Community Families by volunteering with the Festival of Hope and the Community Foundation of the  Adirondack Foothills.

The Festival of Hope Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner would not be possible without the help of more than 300 volunteers who take roles in leadership, coordination, cooking, serving, delivering meals, and clean-up.


Volunteer opportunities this year will range from meal-prep days before up to delivery the day of.  We have not finalized opportunity slots, but please indicate your preference and then you will be contacted the week before to confirm your exact volunteer position.​

Delivery will be organized this year to start around 11:00 am and continue until 2 pm. There is no individual meal scheduled delivery time this year - and delivery is a no-contact delivery; which means the delivery driver will leave the pre-packaged meals on a clean and safe surface at the location specified in the reservations.  If no one answers the door, the meals will be left.  

To find out how you can help, please call 518-535-9303 or email



IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeling well the day of, please do not volunteer!!

We have come up with a socially distanced plan to carry on our cherished tradition, and make sure we can still safely deliver delicious Thanksgiving meals to thousands of our neighbors in need.

General Information:

  • The Health Department requires that all volunteers working in the kitchens must be 14 or older

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get soiled.

  • If possible, bring a baseball cap to avoid wearing a hair net.

  • If possible, bring a clean, overhead apron, to avoid the use of plastic aprons.

  • There is no secure storage for personal belongings, such as purses. Please leave them at home or in the car.

  • Do not bring your cell phone to the site. You will be wearing sanitary gloves which must be replaced if you use your phone. We do not have enough gloves to give everyone two pair.

  • Be prepared to assist Community Foundation / Festival of Hope team as requested.


  • Drivers will be given a small compensation for gas.

  • Each driver will deliver about 15-25 dinners.

  • Packs of meal delivery cards with names & addresses of recipients are arranged by zip code and general street address.

  • A GPS is recommended or access to Google Maps. 


Do not expect your confirmation until about a week before your assigned slot.  You may recieve a phone call or email in a few weeks to get further clarification on your volunteer application.

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