10 Ways To Love Memphis This November (2015)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 4th 2015 4017 0

Welcome to November, Memphis! It’s the month of thankfulness and there are plenty of ways to show your gratitude. I’ve teamed up with Volunteer Odyssey to bring you unique ways to give back and love Memphis. This month, we have everything from film festivals to turkey delivery to park beautification.


1. Indie Memphis Film Festival: Tuesday, November 3 – Saturday, November 10th.
If you love film, this is the event for you. This event puts Memphis on the map for indie film. Multiple days, multiple sites, multiple rolls. Bonus: the have GREAT volunteer perks.

Sign up or get more info

Empty Bowls

2. Memphis Empty Bowls: Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th.
Artisans around the Memphis area create hand painted bowls to raise funds to fight hunger. Guests are invited to a dinner where they may select one of the bowls to take home as a reminder of the bowls that go empty in the Memphis area. Volunteers needed for set up and serving dinner at this event.

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3. American Heart Association Heart Walk: Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th.
The American Heart Association’s Mid-South Heart Walk is a 5k event that is being held in downtown Memphis on Saturday, November 7th at Court Square Park. Volunteers for the event are needed the day of the walk and day before the walk for set up.

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Overton Park - Facebook

Photo via Overton Park on Facebook

4. Overton Park Fall Work Day: Saturday, November 7th from 10 am – 1 pm.
Overton Park is a gem in the heart of the city. Come help us spruce up Veterans Plaza before Veterans Day. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring work gloves and water bottle.

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5. Turkey Tuesday: Tuesday, November 10th from 6 am – 6pm, multiple shifts.
Help collect turkeys and donations in order to reach the goal of delivering 5,000 turkeys to Mid-South families. Volunteers needed to collect turkeys and donations and work the telethon hotline at Local ABC 24 station.

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6. Lunch and Learn: Tuesday, November 24th.
Join the Dorothy Day House for lunch to learn about their amazing outreach to homeless families. This is a great way to learn about how you can help homeless families and children in Memphis. Limited space. Please RSVP in advance.

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7. Team Max: Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day) from 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Team Max is at it again! They will deliver shelf-stable meals to 600 MIFA home-bound seniors on Thanksgiving morning. This is a great family or group service opportunity.

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8. Thanksgiving Day Project: Thanksgiving is a very popular day to volunteer and places fill up fast! If you’re looking for a great project, consider make gift bags for the homeless. It’s an easy way to get your friends and family involved.

Here’s how to get started or email Sarah

Starry Nights

9. Orion’s Starry Nights: Every evening November 20th – November 31st. They especially need volunteers on Monday, November 30th.
Starry Nights at Shelby Farms Park is a holiday tradition. More than 1.5 million lights illuminate the night sky in the largest drive-through holiday light show and festival in the Mid-South! But Starry Nights is more than a show–it’s an experience. Volunteers will be needed to help with ticket sales, merchandise sales, and traffic and parking assistance.

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Room in the Inn

10. Room in the Inn: Every night and every morning in November!
How we love Room in the Inn. Let us count the ways. If you have a crazy schedule, this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. Room in the Inn houses homeless guests at congregations all across Memphis during the winter months. There are volunteer opportunities every single evening and every single morning in all parts of the city. Want an easy way to get started? Help with registration from 4:30-6:30 pm any night in November.

For more information, email Lisa Anderson.

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.

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. Who knows? Maybe your experience will encourage others to give back and give Memphis some lovin’, too.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Peggy says:

    I enjoyed the website a lot more before you redesigned it. Posts are now listed out of order on the main page. For the first few days after the redesign, I kept seeing the same post at the top. I thought you had not updated the site so I closed the window and moved on to other blogs that I follow. I prefer to see the most recent post at the top.

    • Holly Whitfield says:

      Hi Peggy! Thanks for your feedback! To clarify, the top 4 “featured” posts on the blog are all from within the last week. 90% of the time, the top post *is* the most recent post and they’re basically in chronological order. I change it out at least every other day, except over the weekends when I (usually) don’t post – everybody’s gotta take some time off, right? 🙂

      I will say: I was traveling and stuck in Austin last week and so there were several days when I wasn’t able to update the very top post due to technical issues, and I am sorry about that and any confusion it caused.

      Also, if you wish to view posts in exact chronological order, they are ALWAYS in chronological order right in the middle of the homepage, underneath the words “More Memphis To Love”. It’s literally just one tiny flick of your mouse (or your finger on your mobile device) and you can see them exactly how they used to be organized on the old site, from most recent post all the way back to the oldest blog posts.

      Hope this helps! Thank you for being a reader! And feel free to email me hollywhitfield@memphistravel.com if you have any more questions.

      I hope that helps!

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