Thanksgiving Hospitality

cathleenbaer_3Each year MFIS volunteers and their families invite international students, scholars and their families to join them in their homes for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. This is an opportunity to experience a US holiday with a local family, and to try traditional Thanksgiving foods.

In 2016 MFIS volunteers broke another record in welcoming 160 international students into their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving on November 24th.  A huge “thank you” to our volunteers for opening your homes and sharing their culture with our visiting international students.  More photos from last year’s event can be found on our past events page here– thank you for sharing!

The deadline for 2017 Thanksgiving Hospitality has passed.  Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer with this program.  If you have not yet been paired with a student or host, you should hear back within the next day or two.  Thank you for your patience as we make any final arrangements.  And an even bigger THANK YOU for opening up your home this Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget to share your photos with Website@MFISMadison.org to be featured on this page.

16donalea-dinsmore-family_8Interested in volunteering in this program in 2018?  When filling out a Volunteer Application Form or on the Annual Interest Survey, Volunteers can also choose to indicate interest in the Thanksgiving Hospitality program. This will simply add you to a list to be contacted in the fall to see whether you are still interested and able to host for a Thanksgiving meal. Early interest will help us to expand our program next year and hopefully host even more students!