WE WELCOME YOUR PARTICIPATION!

We have many volunteer opportunities a few days before Thanksgiving with food prep as well as after the Mobile Turkey Unit is completed, with cleanup. You may choose to deliver meals to homes and workplaces, or you may wish to help with working the food line or help with packaging and logistics.

With the generosity of our community, all volunteer positions have been filled for the 2019 event.  We thank each of you for giving of your time to help others in our community.  If you did not get to sign up this year, follow Mobile Turkey Unit on Facebook for upcoming board meetings and planning sessions if you would like to help us next year.  Or, reach out to one of our board members for the latest information on joining the team.  We are listed on the Contact Us page.   With the deepest gratitude – the Mobile Turkey Unit board

While all positions have been filled, the full schedule for each day is now shown to remind volunteers of the times of events.

FOOD HANDLING REQUIREMENTS

  • If you are carving turkeys, please bring a copy of your current food handler’s card with you.
  • .If you are carving turkeys, packaging rolls and butter, cutting and packaging pies, packaging cranberry sauce or packaging the meals on Thursday morning you will be required to wear glovesan apron and a hairnet (and NO jewelry including rings, bracelets, watches etc.) as required by Health Department regulations. These items will be provided.
  • PLEASE WEAR SHORT-SLEEVED CLOTHING.
  • You are welcome to bring your children, however, they will need to be supervised at all times.

Please contact our volunteer coordinator Paul Morris at MTUVolunteers@whidbey.com  with any questions.

Thanksgiving morning, beginning at 7:45 a.m., volunteers will begin to arrive, sign in and set up the serving line area.

In consultation with the Island County Health Department, all food will be delivered cold.

  • All kitchen volunteers are required to have an Island County Food Handler’s license. This is only for volunteers actually working inside the kitchen, and not the larger multi-purpose room.
  • If you are carving turkeys, packaging rolls and butter, cutting and packaging pies, packaging cranberry sauce or packaging the meals on Thursday morning you will be required to wear glovesan apron and a hairnet (and NO jewelry including rings, bracelets, watches etc.) as required by Health Department regulations. These items will be provided. PLEASE WEAR SHORT-SLEEVED CLOTHING.
  • You are welcome to bring your children, however, they will need to be supervised at all times.

The food assembly line gets underway after prayer by local clergy.

Volunteer drivers will begin to arrive at 8:15 a.m. where they sign in and then enjoy refreshments  while waiting to be called to a distribution area table. There, food containers are tagged, bagged or boxed via coordinators at eight tables for designated delivery areas. Drivers are given their delivery lists and directions and then pack their cars and leave.

Cleanup follows — usually completed well before noon. Then everyone goes home to enjoy their own Thanksgiving dinner, knowing that they have brought some joy and a delicious Thanksgiving meal to neighbors in need on south and central Whidbey.

VOLUNTEER FORM