Many people choose to spend their Thanksgiving by helping those less fortunate, and volunteering their time to a local charity organization. It's a great way to gain perspective, and it will make you feel so much more grateful for the things you have that other don't. And it always feels good knowing that you're able to make a real difference for people in your community who need a helping hand.

So where can you go this Thanksgiving, and for the rest of the holiday season, to volunteer your time? Here are a few great places in the Portland area where you can go to help:

Wayside Food Programs

According to their website, Wayside Food Programs uses food to reduce waste, fight hunger and strengthen community through volunteer-driven programming and a collaborative, cross-industry network of partners in Southern Maine. They're always looking for volunteers, and you can get more information here.

Preble Street Resource Center Soup Kitchen

Located in Downtown Portland, Preble Street served 630,000 meals to their neighbors in need over the last year. Learn more here.

Catholic Charities of Maine

Since 1966, Catholic Charities has been bringing help and hope to Maine’s most vulnerable men, women and children regardless of faiths. Details here.

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