2019 Holidays at GLIDE

Celebrate the 2019 Holiday Season with GLIDE as we spread hope and love! Brighten up your holidays by bringing light to others.

Join GLIDE this season in caring and showing appreciation for thousands of our community’s most in-need residents. Every year, GLIDE offers special holiday meals, groceries, toys, blankets and open arms to the individuals and families who are struggling in San Francisco and across the Bay Area. We invite everyone to help in our efforts to provide sustenance and support through charitable contributions (financial as well as toys and food) and volunteering.

Beginning November 1, you’ll be able to sign up for our holiday shifts! If our volunteer needs on a particular Holiday have already been met, please consider supporting GLIDE through a donation or by volunteering on another day. Thank you, friends!

Ways to Get Involved with GLIDE This Holiday Season

Volunteer at GLIDE 

Year-Round Opportunity

Come volunteer with our Daily Free Meals program for a truly transformative experience. We need 85 volunteers every day to fill the breakfast, prep, lunch and dinner shifts. Your support allows us to serve approximately 2,000 meals per day to the community members who rely on our Meals program. Volunteers assist with everything from serving food to bussing tables. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and make some beautiful human connections!

While our holiday shifts (such as Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day) fill up quickly, there are many shifts throughout the year that need support. In particular, breakfast shifts are hard to fill.

Sign Up To Volunteer Now

Donate to GLIDE

Year-Round Opportunity

Donate to GLIDE Programs
Support GLIDE’s efforts to alleviate suffering and stabilize lives by providing meals, access to housing, healthcare, family resources and other vital services to vulnerable individuals and families.

Donate to GLIDE Church
Support GLIDE Church’s congregational activities including our weekly Sunday Celebrations—the music, the sanctuary, GLIDE Kids—and all the church support groups from Keeping It Real to A Better Me.

Consider becoming a sustainer by donating monthly to GLIDE!

Donate a Toy to our Toy Wonderland Event! 

All November

GLIDE is collecting new toys for the children of very-low-income families in our community who might otherwise go without this holiday season. If you’d like to donate to GLIDE’s holiday event for families in our community, please visit our Amazon (baby) registry to purchase a toy(s) and have it shipped directly to GLIDE.

Toys in our registry are selected based on input from the community and appropriate for children ages 0 to 11. Thank you for helping to make this holiday season brighter and merrier for families in the Tenderloin!

Donate Now: www.glide.org/toy

For more information contact Dorian Dominguez at ddominguez@glide.org or (415) 674-6047

Christmas Eve / Prime Rib Luncheon

December 24, 2019   |   10:30 am–1:00 pm
Joe Betz and San Francisco’s iconic House of Prime Rib will once again sponsor this beautiful Christmas Eve tradition. Volunteers and GLIDE staff will join the Betz family in serving our community about 3,700 pounds of prime rib and an array of delicious side dishes in GLIDE’s Dining Room.

Limited volunteer opportunities available. If slots fill up, consider signing up for a different day this December! GLIDE is open 364 days a year.

Sign up to volunteer   |  Photos from last year

Christmas Day Celebration and Meal

December 25, 2019   |   10:00 am Celebration   |    11:00 am–1:00 pm Meal

GLIDE’s rousing Christmas Celebration and community holiday meal is sure to warm the hearts of all involved. A free Christmas meal of ham, turkey and all the fixings will be served to all who wish, while Christmas Celebration takes place in the GLIDE Sanctuary.

2018 Christmas Celebration Livestream   |  Photos from last year

Donate a Turkey  |  #TurkeyDrop2019

Throughout November and December

This Thanksgiving we expect to serve thousands of holidays meals at GLIDE and throughout San Francisco. GLIDE needs thousands of turkeys for our Thanksgiving feast and our Grocery Bag Giveaway. Frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the front desk at 330 Ellis Street.

Donations are accepted:

Monday through Friday: 6:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday through Sunday: 6:00 am–2:00 pm
For assistance you can call (415) 674-6198 or (415) 674-6000 to alert us of your arrival.

Snap a selfie of your delivery and we’ll share it on social!
Tag @glidesf on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! #TurkeyDrop2019

Consider dropping off a turkey when you come and volunteer or attend Celebration!


Thanksgiving at GLIDE 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Special Thanksgiving Day Celebration
10:00 am in the Sanctuary

Thanksgiving Breakfast
7:30–9:00 am

Thanksgiving Lunch
11:00 am–1:00 pm

Thousands of nutritious, delicious meals with all the fixings will be served by a dedicated team of staff members and volunteers. The enticing menu includes ham, turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, gravy, rolls, ice cream and fruit punch.

Limited volunteer opportunities available. If slots fill up, consider signing up for a different day this November! GLIDE is open 364 days a year for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sign up to volunteer   |  Photos from last year

Help-Portrait Day 

Saturday, December 7, 2019   |   9:00 am–2:30 pm   |  Freedom Hall

Join the GLIDE Legacy Committee for Help-Portrait Day! In this annual event, GLIDE program participants and neighborhood residents pose for portraits shot by professional local photographers and receive free prints. The goal is to not only give beautiful portraits but to create an experience that allows for every person to feel valued and special.

Sign up to volunteer   |  Video promotion

Grocery Bag Giveaway

December 11, 2019   |   Starts 7:30 am

With financial and volunteer assistance from generous corporate partners, GLIDE will once again distribute thousands of bags filled with groceries to individuals and families in the Tenderloin and across the city. Limited volunteer opportunities are available, shifts go live on November 1st.

Sign up to volunteer   |  Photos from last year