Thanksgiving Hospitality

Set an extra place or two at your Thanksgiving table this year . . .

and share the joy of one of our biggest US holiday traditions. Our international students tell us year after year that sharing in a traditional holiday experience with a local family is by far one of their most memorable experiences during their time in Wisconsin.

We expect even more student interest this year and early sign up by volunteer hosts will hopefully help us meet each and every student’s request to participate in this opportunity.

Thank you for your interest in this program.  We hit a new record again in 2018 by matching 236 international students with 71 local volunteers to share the holiday spirit and a warm Thanksgiving meal. Thank you to everyone who signed up to participate in this year’s Thanksgiving Hospitality program.  A huge thank you to our program coordinator, Nancy Kelly who worked diligently to match all students and hosts in a timely manner so that transportation and meal planning could be made well in advance.

If you signed up to participate in this program after the deadline and were not matched with a student, we thank you for your interest and hope you’ll consider hosting in 2019.  We’ll reach out this fall to confirm your availability.  Early interest will hopefully help us to accept even more students.

Photos: We encourage students and volunteers alike to take and submit photos from the festivities this year that we might share on our website, newsletters or social media.  They can be sent to  Photos and stories from can be found in our past events section.

If you have any questions about the Thanksgiving Hospitality program, you can contact the MFIS Office at