Help us dress the turkey & make hunger take a holiday!

Do you recognize hunger when you see it? For most of us, the answer is no. Yet, in Austin, one in five residents struggle to afford food. At El Buen Samaritano, we know how poverty and hunger can get in the way of learning and healthy living—and we don’t want that for any Austin family.

Join us in making hunger take a holiday this Thanksgiving. At El Buen Samaritano’s 24th Annual Hands for Hope Thanksgiving Event, more than 1,000 families will receive a Thanksgiving care package, which will include a frozen turkey, a pie and all the trimmings to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. They will also be directed to the appropriate community resources to receive the help they need beyond the holidays.


Request a Turkey Feather Poster

Raise awareness of hunger through the Turkey Feather Drive; encourage your friends and family to purchase a feather for $10, pin it to the turkey poster and help put food on the tables of underserved families in Austin. Request a turkey poster via

Spread the Word About the Turkey Feather Drive

Ask your friends and family at church and the work place to get involved and request more turkey posters via Last year, a countless amount of announcements were made in churches, schools and at work, making word of mouth one of the primary media people learned how they could help.

We’ve put together helpful announcement samples for your church, school or the work place. We encourage you to engage in conversation about Hands for Hope and hunger in Central Texas in the months leading up to and after the big day: November 22, 2014. Click here for samples in our toolkit!

Increase awareness of hunger online

Hunger is a real issue in Austin and it’s often misunderstood. Through Hands for Hope, a community of staff and volunteers increases awareness of hunger, gathers donations of the traditional foods served at Thanksgiving, and distributes them to underserved families in Austin for celebrations in their own homes.

Last year, social networks were one of the primary mediums people used to share information about Hands for Hope and were then directed to help. Below are helpful messages and tips to use on social networks for Hands for Hope. We encourage you to engage in conversation about Hands for Hope and hunger in Central Texas in the months leading up to and after the big day: November 22, 2014. Click here to find key messages and sample posts in our toolkit!

Ask your friends for help

Using traditional methods of communications such as email is a great way to supplement your social media efforts. Click here to find a template to email people in your networks and inspire them to become part of the effort.

Fall for El Buen this season!

Now that summer is over at El Buen, we’re excited to begin a new fall semester full of opportunities for the community to get involved in! We’re looking for compassionate volunteers to assist in our food pantry and lend a helping hand at this year’s Hands for Hope.



El Buen Samaritano’s Food Pantry is the key component to our basic needs program. Food Pantry volunteers help to sort food, stock pantry shelves and work directly with clients, helping them to assemble bags of healthy food and recipes for them to take home to their families. Volunteers are a friendly face to our clients as they are experiencing difficult times.

Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 9am – 12pm

El Buen Samaritano’s Hands for Hope is an annual community-wide event raising awareness of a serious issue happening in our own city: hunger. The event gathers donations of the traditional foods served during Thanksgiving and distributes them to Austin families in need for Thanksgiving celebrations in their own homes.
We’re looking for volunteers to help us register eligible families who will receive Thanksgiving baskets the Saturday before Thanksgiving. There are multiple registration dates, so we have plenty of opportunities for you to choose from!
  • Oct. 1-Nov. 13, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 9am – 12pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 8 SHIFT 1 from 8 am – 10:30am, SHIFT 2 from 10am – 12:30pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 15 SHIFT 1 from 8 am – 10:30am, SHIFT 2 from 10am – 12:30pm
Apply online today to join our amazing group of volunteers who make an impact on our community!

Lend a Helping Hand to Hands For Hope!

Every year, El Buen has the privilege of receiving help from so many passionate, caring volunteers  who are essential to the programs and services we offer to over 12,000 people in Central Texas. As a faith-based nonprofit, we seek to provide worthwhile experiences for our volunteers to contribute to a cause that is dear to their hearts.

It is extremely rewarding for us to hear stories about volunteers whose experiences at El Buen change their lives and lead them onto a path to success. Take a moment to hear from Catherine Osborn, a St. Andrew’s Episcopal School alumna who was an ESL volunteer instructor at El Buen some years ago:

Every year, local schools, churches and many members of the Austin community join our efforts to fight hunger through El Buen’s Hands for Hope Thanksgiving event. Now in its 24th year, Hands for Hope has grown to become El Buen’s largest annual community event, gifting turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to over 1,000 underserved families to hold their own celebrations at home. This is how you can help:


If you’re looking for a life-changing and fulfilling volunteer experience, we have a very special opportunity coming up, and we want you to be part of it! This year, we’re calling on the community to be even more involved in helping us plan and execute this great event. 

Hands for Hope will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014. A highly acclaimed annual event, Hands for Hope is a valuable experience for the hundreds of people who get together to make hunger take a holiday. If you’re interested in becoming part of the team who organizes this exciting event, please take a minute to fill out a volunteer form today.

And make sure to attend our Hands for Hope Volunteer Info Session on September 23 to learn more!


Interested in helping raise awareness of hunger through the Turkey Feather Drive? Encourage your friends and family to purchase a feather for $10, pin it on the turkey poster and support our year-round Food Pantry. Request a poster to hang anywhere– church, school, office or business–so that as each feather is purchased the deplumed turkey becomes full of feathers!

Poster distribution will begin on October 1, so make sure to request yours at today to help us make hunger take a holiday this year!