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Hambone Express

Volunteer Opportunities

About Hambone Express

For over 20 years, Hambone Express has been serving those in need in WNY by providing home-cooked Christmas meals. In correlation with Meals on Wheels of WNY, the Buffalo City Mission is able to deliver over 4,000 meals each Christmas morning to individuals who either cannot make meals for themselves, or do not have the funds to do so. Here at the Mission, it is our goal to show the love of Jesus Christ to the homeless and hurting in Western New York, and we take part in doing so to those outside of our facility during our Hambone Express event.

Looking for a way that you can give back this Christmas season? Take time to review the below volunteer opportunities that you and your loved ones can experience this season. Call us today at (716) 854-8181 x404, x420 and x408 as opportunities fill up quickly for this event.

Telephone Reservationists

This volunteer opportunity is for individuals who would like to help schedule incoming call requests for the delivery of meals to those in need in the community.

Reservationists are needed during the weeks of December 4th to 8th and December 12th to 15th between the hours of 9:30AM and 12PM, and also 1PM-3:30PM.

Delivery Teams

This volunteer opportunity is for individuals or groups who would like to help deliver meals to the community on Christmas Day.

Every 15 minutes between the hours of 8AM and 11:30AM, over 135 teams will be deployed, delivering a total of 4,000 meals.

We Need Your Help! Bring a friend and/or family member and join us in this time of giving.

Cookie Donations

We are in need of nearly 12,000 cookies this year for Hambone Express! Share 5 dozen of your family’s favorite Christmas Cookies with the community (no nuts please).

Delivery of cookies will take place on December 20th and the 21st between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm at 100 E Tupper .

Bring your family, friends, and co-workers together and bake for a cause! Call us today to let us know you’re on board.

Meal Assembly Volunteers

Volunteers are needed on the morning of Christmas from 7:30AM to 10:30AM to help assemble takeout trays and bags for the delivery teams during Hambone Express.

This will consist of plating and assembling prepared, portioned food and preparing bags with the necessary materials required to help deliver a full Christmas meal to someone in need.

Christmas Volunteer and Gift Donation Needs

Christmas gifts and gift bags are needed for men, women and children. If you would like to adopt some of the items on the wish lists or help to meet the decorator bags needed for our residents please contact the Volunteer Department at x420 and bring a bit of Christmas cheer to all those at the Buffalo City Mission this Christmas.

Christmas gift sorters are needed starting December 11th to December 15th and December 18th to December 20th to help sort and organize the gift donations for the women and children of Cornerstone Manor. Make a difference and join the festivities.

Please contact the Volunteer Department for questions and to register
for the above volunteer positions and needs at 854-8181 x404, x420 and x408.


Be sure to check out our Volunteer page
for yearly individual and group
volunteer opportunities!

Thank you and God Bless!

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