Mel Trotter Ministries will host a free, traditional Thanksgiving Community Meal for individuals and families experiencing homelessness as well as anyone in the greater Grand Rapids community who is looking for fellowship around a Thanksgiving table. The meal will be held at DeVos Place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021.
Volunteer positions are full!Give to Thanksgiving
- Jeffrey and Elizabeth Lipinsky
- Doug Hoek
- Cherry & Ron Rolston
- Bob and Heather Worthington
- Mark Kelly
- Gerrit's Appliance
- Larry and Judith Fredricks
- Richard and Lori Feenstra
- Kevin and Kathleen Cox
- Rachael Cotton
- Stephen and Susan Wojton
- Dominican Sisters
- Mitch and Betsy Dykstra
- Dennis and Kelly Van Kampen
- Beth and Ryan Fisher
- Tim and Christy Swiney
- Raeshel'le Selvage
- Jeshua and Anna Lauka
- Matthew Rose
- Greg and Cheryl Randall
- David Goodsell
- Phil and Nancy Henderson
- Judith Fein
Click here to download The Rapid bus route for those attending the Thanksgiving Community Meal on Thanksgiving Day.
Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up to volunteer! All positions are filled!
Let's host the Thanksgiving Community Meal together! Table sponsorship starts at $250 per table. Review the sponsorship opportunities and consider becoming a sponsor.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What time will the meal be served?
The meal will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Will there be a bus shuttle service?
Yes, the Grand Rapids Transportation Service will transport guest to the event. The Rapid is able to provide free transportation on the day of the event.
What time should I arrive if I am a volunteer?
Please arrive 30 mins before the time of your shift to check-in and receive instructions.
Where can I park?
Parking is available free of charge on Thanksgiving Day on the lower level at DeVos Place or at the Public Parking lots across the street at the front of the building. If you volunteer on Wednesday, we will provide parking validation passes.
Can I bring my relative or friend who is visiting for the holiday? Can I just show up?
We wish to discourage walk-ins at the event because of limited volunteer slots.
Can I volunteer?
All positions are now filled! Please check back next year.
What COVID-19 precautions are you taking?
- Temperature Checks
- All volunteers are required to wear masks the entire volunteer shift. (provided by MTM)
- Flexibility is key. Due to still being in a pandemic these changes are subject to change.