Holiday Dinner Volunteers

Holiday Dinner Volunteers

We are pleased that we will once again be able to host the Temple Adat Elohim Annual Community Holiday Dinner in 2020 – Pandemic Style.

We will be serving our guests via “drive-thru” style from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday December 25th.

This event is open to the entire community and we are planning on serving over 250 meals! Although we are modifying how the meals are delivered, we are excited that it will still be a festive event for our guests with decorations, music, and socially distanced entertainment.

The past successes of this event have been due to the tremendous support of our wonderful volunteers.

Due to Covid-19 concerns and social distancing rules, this year will look different than in the past. With the safety of our volunteers and guests as our top concern, we have spent a considerable amount of time developing a plan that follows and exceeds safety guidelines. This includes temperature checks, mandatory masks, and gloves. Social distancing from each other as well as the guests will also be implemented.
With a drive-thru format, we will have volunteers working outside to help the guests around the parking lot to safely get their food bags. Inside the Temple’s social hall, we will have socially-distanced stations where the food will be packaged, bagged, and delivered to the volunteers in the parking lot. Each station will be manned by family units or people who don’t have to social distance from each other. We call these groups of people who can safely work closely together “pods”.

We will need volunteers for Thursday night, December 24th, to pre-package as much as possible and one shift on December 25th.

Due to the reduced hours of the event we will have only have one shift. This means we will need less volunteers than in the past, there will be less positions for individuals, and more positions individuals in each pod. This also means that volunteers will be on their feet and busy during the entire event. Please make sure you are physically able to work the event without much of a break.

Volunteers MUST be 16 or older this year, with the exception of the Decorating Volunteers.

It is important to note with this simplified approach, we can’t easily move people around if someone has to cancel. Please be confident, before you sign up, that you can fulfill your commitment. We understand things can happen last minute, so we will ask for backup volunteers as well.
We know some of you may be unsure or want to learn more about what we are doing before signing up. You can send an email with your name and phone number to and we will be more than happy to give you a call and discuss.
For those who do volunteer, we will be reaching out before the event with more details on what to expect and we will give you a date for a mandatory Zoom training. We want everyone to feel comfortable when they arrive for their shift with how things will work and their responsibilities. The goal is that minimal supervision will be needed, thus reducing interaction between volunteers.
Volunteers will be able to sign up to be inside or outside, but not pick specific tasks. The Community Holiday Dinner committee will make those assignments.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Thursday, December 24th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Pre-packing items in the social hall for distribution on the 25th. This will allow for better social distancing on the 25th.
Volunteer needs:
  • 5 pods of 2 people (If you have 4 people then register for 2 pods)
  • 1 person

Friday December 25th

Fun for the whole family (children of all ages are welcome), decorating a 6 foot section of the wrought iron fence at the back of the TAE parking lot. Bring your own disposable decorations and create holiday cheer for our guests to enjoy while in their cars.
Shifts will either be 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. or 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. After signing up, we will let you know what time your shift is and cover details in our Zoom training meeting.
Event Opportunities 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Not all opportunities will require the full four hours but plan on four hours when signing up. After volunteers are assigned jobs, we will let you know your time slot.
Outside Positions
These positions will provide volunteers with the opportunity to have socially distant interaction with our guests as they make their way through our parking lot.
They consist of greeting and guiding the guests in their cars around the parking lot, giving out hats and scarves, or giving out food bags.
Bring a smile and a mask.
Volunteer needs:
  • 2 pods of 4 people
  • 4 pods of 2 people
  • 12 people – Cheerful guest greeters (Parking Lot Elves) who will be guiding our guests in their cars around the parking lot. Pods can sign up individually.
Inside Positions
The inside positions consist of packaging hot meals, packaging gravy, bagging meals, or running meals outside.
Volunteer needs:
  • 4 pods of 4 people each
  • 4 pods of 2 people each
This dinner could not happen without all of our wonderful volunteers! After submitting your volunteer request, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have difficulties submitting your volunteer request, please email Please do not call the temple.