Volunteers - First Presbyterian Church

Instructions for Equinox Thanksgiving Dinner Volunteers
First Presbyterian Church

Due to COVID-19:

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. While we continue to provide for our community, Equinox would also like to give back to our local restaurants and businesses that have supported our dinner over the years by purchasing T-Day meals from them—this would replace our in-person preparations. Although our “redesigned dinner” changes our need for meal prep volunteers, we still need your valuable help more than ever to make this year’s dinner a reality.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not feeling well, please do not volunteer!!
NOTE:  Food is prepared at the Empire State Plaza and served at the Church.
No food is prepared at the Church.

General Information:

  • The Health Department requires that all volunteers working at the church for this event must be 14 or older.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get soiled.
  • There is no secure storage for purses. Leave valuable items 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 Equinox team as requested.


  • Parking is available in Washington Park.
  • We will send you a parking permit with your confirmation. Place this on your dashboard.
  • The email confirmation for your volunteer work will NOT arrive until a few days before your Thanksgiving.
  • There is no parking available in the church lot.

For Thanksgiving Day:

  • 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.


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