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2020 Volunteer Information

The 2020 Thanksgiving season for Big Heart Brigade will look very different. After 17 years at the Fire Station, the City of Palm Beach Gardens has decided to develop a training facility on that property, plus they feel we have ‘outgrown’ that property. We had to remove our equipment by July 1st 2020.

Ok, so how does that affect our operation?
• We are now totally mobile
• Big Heart Brigade has partnered with Palm Beach Harvest
• Together, distributed food and meals throughout the pandemic.
• We have provided cooking services to help prepare THOUSANDS of meals in these trying times.

The 2020 Thanksgiving season is challenging, at best, with the COVID-19 compliance requirements. Not to worry, our Coming to the Rescue motto remains unbroken. However, Big Heart Brigade will NOT be preparing Thanksgiving meals for 2020 but will continue our partnership with Palm Beach Harvest and distributing food packages.

Dear VOLUNTEERS, we look forward to the day that we all get back together again! Please know we miss you. We look forward to seeing you again. Should you may decide to lend a helping hand and volunteer just simply click here to sign up

Note supporting our efforts during these difficult times is very much appreciated. Please DONATE -- to offset costs of a meal package.

Big Heart Brigade is COMING TO THE RESCUE, even in a pandemic!

Here’s what you should expect when you volunteer:

Can students or others get community service hours?

Yes—students or others looking to receive community service hours need to bring filled out paperwork provided to them that will be signed once the volunteer has completed their
work for the day.

Can I bring my pre-schooler?

We're happy to have family friendly shifts for
young children ages 6–12, so long as they are accompanied by an adult. Strollers aren't
permitted on site and children must be
supervised at all times.

Do you feed the volunteers?

We don't provide food for volunteers as we've designed the shifts to be no longer than 4 hours long.

Should I bring my own water?

Water is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own as well.

Will I be working outside?

Yes—for day shifts, plan on sunscreen and a hat.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty. Closed-toed shoes are a must. We cannot permit anyone onsite with sandals.

What will I be doing?

Various jobs will be assigned when you arrive. Please come with a spirit of cooperation and realize that even if the assigned job doesn’t seem like much, it's necessary to the success of the event.

Can I work more than one shift?

Yes—please sign up for all shifts that you wish to work.

Should I bring canned goods for donation?

No—this year we will not be collecting unwrapped Christmas toys/gifts or food.

Where will this take place?

This year we are serving multiple locations within our region. Please view the specific locations on our page.

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