10 Ways To Love Memphis This Month (January 2016)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 5th 2016 1546 0
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Welcome to 2016, Memphis! I’ve teamed up with Volunteer Odyssey to bring you unique ways to give back and love our city again this month.

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In January, we have everything from delivering meals to cleaning up neighborhoods to helping kids with crafts. Also – the photo at the top of this page is from December’s Voluncheers event. To read more, scroll to the bottom of this post.

1. VolunCheers with Volunteer Odyssey: Tuesday, January 12 at 6 p.m.
Join us for VolunCheers – our volunteer happy hour is an easy way to volunteer for busy professionals. Drinks and food provided. 

To sign up: RSVP

2. MLK Day Clean Up: Monday, January 18 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join Clean Memphis in a day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Multiple sites around Memphis including Binghampton, Whitehaven, Hamilton, Berclair and many more.

Sign up or get more info

3. Make a pledge to volunteer in 2016 (anytime!)

The holidays are a very popular time to volunteer and those spots fill up fast! We know you want to help, so Volunteer Odyssey created a system for you to pledge your holiday volunteering for a date in the future! Pledge to volunteer 4 hours of your time in 2016. Pick your birthday, your anniversary, a day in honor of a family member, or any other day that’s special to you. Pick your target month and we’ll send you a reminder.

Make a Pledge

4. Room in the Inn: Every night and every morning in January!

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 p.m. any night in January.

For more information, email Lisa Anderson.

5. Fig Tree Food Pantry: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 8:45 a.m.– noon
You can make a difference for hungry families in Memphis. Be a volunteer with Catholic Charities at the Fig Tree Food Pantry. You’ll package meals and distribute food to families in need.
For more info or to sign up, Email Lucie

6. Use your Wheels to Deliver Meals: Monday-Friday each week in January.
MIFA needs your help to feed the hungry seniors on our community. You’ll deliver a warm meal and a smile to 10 seniors in our community. The route takes about an hour to complete and you can even do it over an early lunch break.

For more info or to sign up, Email Linda

7. Be a Farmer for the Day: Friday mornings in January
Roots Memphis needs energetic volunteers to help with harvest at their winter farm. Come get your hands dirty and meet some great people!

For more info or to sign up Email JP

8. Carpenter Art Garden Craft Party: Tuesdays in January 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Come for arts and crafts with the kids of Binghampton at the Carpenter Art Garden. For a video on what to expect, just click the following image or click here.

Carpenter Art Garden

Sign up or get more info on the Carpenter Art Garden Craft Party

9. Dessert at the Dorothy Day House: Sundays in January at 6 p.m.
Hundreds of children in Memphis are homeless and you can make a difference. The Dorothy Day House provides shelter to families and helps them get back on their feet. What can you do? Bring a simple dessert and come spend an hour with the 3 families that are currently at the Dorothy Day House.

Sign up or get more info

10. St Mary’s Soup Kitchen: Tuesdays in January at 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Every morning, the team at St Mary’s arrives by 4:30 am to make soup from scratch. Shortly after, a line forms around the church as people line up to get hot coffee after a cold night. You can serve hot soup and greet guests with a smile each morning.

Sign up or get more info

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.

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The above photo is from last month’s Voluncheers event, held at Memphis Child Advocacy Center. I had the chance to attend and enjoyed some local beer and snacks, meet some fellow volunteers, took a tour of the facility, and helped the CAC address envelopes for holiday cards to donors.

The CAC serves children who are victims of abuse and neglect through intervention and education. Each child who comes through the doors of the CAC gets to choose their very own stuffed animal from the wall of donated teddy bears

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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