Get to Work (and Give Back) with Memphis’ Volunteer Odyssey
Are you between jobs? A Memphis volunteerism program wants to put you to work.
After quitting her job last year, Sarah Petschonek decided to spend her newfound freetime giving back. She spent 30 days volunteering with 30 different Memphis non-profits and documented the process on her blog, Confessions of a Volunteer. He experience was so powerful and moving that she wanted it to be an option available to everyone.
Earlier this year, Petchsonek launched Volunteer Odyssey, a program that asks Memphians to spend seven days doing volunteer work and documenting the process.
Though anyone with a spare week is welcome to apply, Volunteer Odyssey was designed for people who are between jobs. The reason is twofold: 1) for the week of the Odyssey, volunteering and documenting the experience takes as much time as a full-time job; and 2) the Odyssey provides extra skills and experience for people who are looking for work.
If you're interested in participating, there are a few requirements: you have to be able to devote a full week to the Odyssey; strong writing skills are a must; and you need to live or work in the Memphis area.
Once you're accepted, the Volunteer Odyssey crew will match you with a volunteer position that fits your needs, skills and interests. They personally vet all of the organizations, and they won't send you to volunteer somewhere that they haven't been first.
You can check out Volunteer Odyssey's volunteers and their blogs here.