Holidays at GLIDE

2020 has been a year of great challenge but it has also been a year of great resilience, resistance and rebirth. We invite you to join GLIDE in serving our community safely while still spreading the holiday love.

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2020 Holiday Opportunities

Each year, GLIDE’s holiday events bring critically needed services, build community, and spread holiday joy to GLIDE’s community of clients, staff, supporters, volunteers and congregants. In accordance with public heath recommendations, we have made significant modifications to these events this year in order to serve our community safely while still maintaining the GLIDE spirit of connection and celebration.

The communities we serve are among those that have been most impacted by COVID-19. Since March, GLIDE has been there to provide the support and care needed to help them get through this challenging time. The way we deliver our services and help might look a little different right now, but our work to provide hope, nourishment and support has not stopped. 

There are still many ways to get involved!
This page will continue to be updated as details finalize.

Thanksgiving  Toy Wonderland  Grocery Bag Giveaway  Christmas

Volunteer Opportunities

Although we are unable to welcome the same number of volunteers like we have for past holiday seasons, we still need your support!

We have a limited number of in-person volunteer opportunities on-site. Please contact volteam@glide.org or 415-674-6081 to learn more about what these shifts entail.

There are also many other exciting ways to volunteer for GLIDE remotely such as hosting drives for much needed community items and/or organizing a fundraiser for GLIDE with your family and friends. Please contact
volteam@glide.org or 415-674-6081 to learn more about what we need and how you can help!  

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Corporate Partnerships

Looking for opportunities for you company to support or engage with GLIDE this holiday season? Contact John Carpentier, Corporate Engagement Lead, at jcarpentier@glide.org or (415) 674-6001

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Virtual Christmas Day Celebration

December 25, 2020 | 10:00 AM Celebration
via Facebook Live, YouTube Live

GLIDE’s rousing Christmas Celebration will take place online on Christmas Day.

More details about December with GLIDE Church available here.

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GLIDE Toy Wonderland: Community Deliveries

Our Toy Drive is now closed. Thank you for your support. 

If you’d still like to donate and support GLIDE’s holiday activities click here.

GLIDE is collecting new toys for the children ages 0 – 11 of very-low-income families in our community who might otherwise go without this holiday season. In lieu of an in-person event, we are shifting to a delivery model that enables us to safely reach GLIDE’s families, as well as other families from all over San Francisco through our community partners. 


Interested in making a bulk donation of toys on behalf of your company to bring holiday magic to hundreds of children and their families?
Contact John Carpentier, Corporate Engagement Lead at jcarpentier@glide.org or (415) 674-6001.

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Grocery Bag Giveaway: GLIDE on the Go


With assistance from generous corporate partners, GLIDE will once again distribute thousands of bags filled with groceries to individuals and families in our extended community. We will not hold our traditional giveaway on the 300 block of Ellis. Instead we will package all of the grocery bags onsite and expand our grocery bag deliveries to additional partner agencies. GLIDE plans to deliver over 5,000 pre-packaged grocery bags to more than 25 partner agencies in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco. 

Support GLIDE’s Holiday Efforts


Would you and your company like to be our partners in the feeding of over 5,000 families this holiday? Contact John Carpentier, Corporate Engagement Lead at jcarpentier@glide.org or (415) 674-6001.

Corporate support opportunities include:

• A donation to cover the thousands of food items (including whole turkeys and chickens) we need to make this event possible

• Virtual volunteering opportunities to create care packages, compose positive messages, source winter essential items, and more!

• Limited on-site volunteer opportunities to prepare our deliveries

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Thanksgiving at GLIDE

Thursday, November 26, 2020

GLIDE’s tradition of a rousing Thanksgiving morning Celebration and a community turkey meal will continue this year. As we will not be able to accommodate the same amount of volunteers, take part in the tradition from home. Join us online for a special broadcast of on-the-ground coverage of our Thanksgiving meal service and messages and videos from the GLIDE extended family.

Celebration will take place online at 10:00 AM only with a focus on music, witness and messages of gratitude from the Congregation.

Rewatch the Livestream and Celebration: YouTube or Facebook

Follow GLIDE on social media all day as we share the Thanksgiving tradition!

Outdoor Thanksgiving Meal Service at GLIDE

Thursday, November 26, 2020  | 9:00 AM–1:00 PM

Our annual Thanksgiving meal service will continue, just a little differently this year! A socially distant, outdoor dining experience with live music, good company and a home cooked traditional Thanksgiving Meal will be served to our community on the 300 Block of Ellis. To-go containers will be packed with turkey, ham and all the fixings with options for outdoor table service. Additional hot to-go meals will be delivered to unhoused folks at various outdoor/ encampment sites city-wide!

This is a smoke-free event.

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2020 Holiday Jam

Thursday November 19, 2019  |  7:00 PM (PST)  |  FREE Virtual Event

The GLIDE family proudly invites you to join us at RISE UP FOR CHANGE, a virtual evening of celebration, storytelling and music benefitting GLIDE programs and services. Get comfy in your at-home gala gear and tune in to this year’s concert which will feature appearances by India.Arie, Joan Baez, Renel Brooks-Moon, Lisa Fischer, Michael Franti, Goapele, Tom Johnston, Ledisi, Marvin K. White, D’Wayne Wiggins, the GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band, and more!

If you missed the live event, the event is available for rewatching.

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