Since 2012, Rainbow Thanksgiving has evolved to become a genuine community-wide effort. It takes our small village of LGBTQ non-profits to provide a warm and welcoming holiday setting for community members who cannot get home to see family, do not have a close family, whose chosen family is already here, or maybe they are just looking for an excuse to eat and socialize.
We are back 100% in-person with the traditional community dinner this year. It takes a small army to make this event happen. If you're looking to volunteer, you can sign-up here! Feel free to sign-up for multiple shifts. Please help us make 2022 the best year yet!
This event is sponsored by Tyson Foods and Arsaga's and jointly produced by NWA Equality and the Arkansas Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in partnership with the Bentonville Follies, Free Mom Hugs, Siloam Springs Pride, The Equality Crew, and the Transgender Equality Network.
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
- Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.
- Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.
If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
|Shift||Start Time||End Time||Description||Registrants Needed|
|Event Set-Up||12:00pm (CT)||2:00pm (CT)|
Help out with centerpieces, organizing supplies, and general event set-up.
|Dinner Service (Shift A)||5:00pm (CT)||7:30pm (CT)|
Volunteers will help set up the buffet, serve, and replenish items from the kitchen.
|Kids Craft Space||5:30pm (CT)||8:30pm (CT)|
Volunteers with The Equality Crew are organizing space for the kids to hang out. Volunteers will help set up and staff the space.
Volunteers should contact The Equality Crew for additional details and requirements at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dinner Service (Shift B)||7:30pm (CT)||9:30pm (CT)|
Volunteers will help staff the buffet, serve, and replenish items from the kitchen, and close down the buffet at the end of the event
|Clean Up||8:30pm (CT)||10:00pm (CT)|
Stick around after to help us clean up. The fab folks at Food Loops help with the recycling and garbage, but there's still a lot to clean and pack. We know it's less fun, but not as awful as it sounds.