Welcome to July, Memphis! I've teamed up with Volunteer Odyssey to bring you the second edition of a our monthly post series about unique ways to give back and love Memphis. This month, we have everything from delivering meals to families in need to making burritos to acting in Shelby Farms' Spooky Nights later this fall.
I see it all the time on social media: y'all really do want to give back and show your love for Memphis. I hope these monthly roundups make it easier to find volunteering ideas that work for you.
If none of these strike your fancy, click here for five places that you can try out from home. Or, there are more than 80 volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Odyssey’s Calendar: volunteerodyssey.com/calendar.
Here's the list:
1. Interview Veterans: Tuesday, July 7 from 8 a.m. to noon or 12: 15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Community Alliance for the Homeless needs your help interviewing our veterans experiencing homelessness. After a brief training, you’ll visit shelters to learn more about the services they need. Perk: Free breakfast for the morning shift. Free lunch for the afternoon shift.
To sign up: Email Katie
2. Paint a Mural: Saturday, July 18 at 9 a.m.
Join Paint Memphis as they transform a huge wall into a work of art. A section of wall nearly 1/3 mile long will be revitalized next to the proposed Chelsea Greenline.
To sign up: Email Karen
3. Get a Group Together: Saturday, July 18 starting at 10 a.m.
Vision Prep Elementary needs your help assembling new desks and chairs for their pint sized students. Great for a Saturday group project.
To sign up: Email Tom
4. Put the "Spooky" in "Spooky Nights": Wednesday, July 22 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
You can be an actor for Spooky Nights at Shelby Farms! Come to this short information session and signup for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.
To sign up: Email Irene
5. Deliver meals: Thursday, July 23 from 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. (Includes travel time to and from Jackson)
Catholic Charities needs your help delivering food to families in Jackson, TN. Help pack and distribute a week’s worth of meals to those in need.
To sign up: Email Al
6. Lunch and Learn: Tuesday, July 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality invites you to learn about their outreach for homeless families during their Lunch and Learn. RSVPs required.
To sign up: Email Lea
7. Help Out At the Farmer's Market: Saturdays in July, multiple morning shifts
Volunteer with the Memphis Farmers Market! Run the coffee kiosk, take pictures, pet sit and greet vendors.
To sign up: Email Terre for more info
8. Exercise Your Green Thumb: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in July starting at 7:30 a.m.
Do you have a green thumb? Roots Memphis needs your help at the farm. Join this awesome team for planting, harvesting, and some sunshine.
To sign up: Email Mary
9. Help Feed the Hungry: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in July: 8:45 a.m. to noon
The Fig Tree Food Pantry needs volunteers to bag, sort, and distribute food to families in need.
To sign up: Email Lucie
10. Spread the Love (and Burritos) : Wednesdays in July, Burrito making: 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Riding and distribution: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Make and deliver burritos to the hungry of Memphis…on your bike! Join Urban Bicycle Food Ministry on Wednesday nights in downtown for an unforgettable volunteer experience.
To sign up: Email Frank
Response to last month's "10 Ways To Love Memphis This June" post was excellent. Here are two Memphians who found out about the VolunCheers volunteering opportunity through the post, who wanted to share their experience.
Nikki Matthews (above) said: "I really enjoyed volunteering with Volunteer Odyssey at SRVS. The environment was fun, friendly, and informative. I had no clue they even existed until yesterday. They offer so much assistant to their residents, I was glad to be able to help them continue to help others."
Maureen "Mo" Higgins (above) said: "I recently moved to Memphis and this was my first VolunCheers event with Volunteer Odyssey. It was so great to give back and help out a great organization like SRVS. I met some really friendly and welcoming people as well! It helped make Memphis feel a little more like home."
If you sign up for one of the above opportunities (or find another one through Volunteer Odyssey), please let me know. I'd love to give a shout-out to you next month like I did these awesome ladies above. Who knows? Maybe your experience will encourage others to give back and give Memphis some lovin', too.
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