10 Ways To Give Back to Memphis This Month (September 2016)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 29th 2016 934 2

Here is Volunteer Odyssey’s monthly list of unique ways to give back to Memphis!

Did you miss the June 2016 I Love Memphis Podcast? If you’re into loving our city, you’ll want to listen here for an interview with Volunteer Odyssey’s founder, Dr. Sarah Petschonek.

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1. Exposure: Thursday, September 1st from 6-9pm.  

Celebrate 9-0-1 Day at Exposure 2016! This is not only a great way to get to know more about everything Memphis has to offer but to give back, as well.  New Memphis needs volunteers to help set up the event, act as New Memphis ambassadors, or to be a green room and kickball player attendant.  You can also visit the “Beers for Volunteers”, brought to you by Volunteer Odyssey, section at the event to learn more about how to volunteer throughout the year.  

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2. The Center for Southern Folklore Presents the 2016 Memphis Music And Heritage Festival: Saturday and Sunday, September 3rd and 4th from 7-8pm.  

Celebrate the music, culture, and the arts of Memphis at the 2016 Memphis Music and Heritage Festival.  Volunteers are needed to help manage the event the weekend of the festival with multiple shifts available.

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3. ITN Memphis Volunteer Driver Program Information Session and “Ride-A-Long”: Thursday, September 8th from 10-11:15am.

Have some free time on your hands and want to give a ride to someone in need? This is the opportunity for you! Attend an information session and “ride-a-long” with volunteer drivers for a short drive as they transport ITN customers (seniors and people with visual impairments) wherever they would like to go within the Memphis Metropolitan Area. Whether ITN customers want to go shopping, to visit friends, or need transportation to a medical appointment, volunteers can help customers get to their dream destination.

Sign up or get more info. Email Kim to sign up

4. VolunCheers benefitting Thistle & Bee: Tuesday, September 13th from 6-7:30pm

Join Volunteer Odyssey for a volunteer happy hour.  It’s a great way to fit volunteering into your busy schedule and meet new people. Drinks and snacks are provided.

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5. Creative Aging presents the Senior Art Series: Wednesday, September 14th from 1-3pm.  

Do you enjoy art events? You could help seniors who live independently to enjoy and participate in artistic performances, as well.  This performance of the Senior Art Series features the New Ballet Ensemble and the Den of Strings.  

Email Terrie to sign up

6. Fight ON: Cycle. Run. Walk: Saturday, September 17th from 5:30am-2pm.  

Join the West Cancer Center as they fight against cancer.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare for the event, assist registration, help set up and break down, man the water stops on the routes, and help with food and entertainment vendors.  

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7. Shelby Farms Heart of the Park 30 Days of Celebration: every day in September

Shelby Farms is hosting free events from September 1st-30th, 2016 to help community members get to know the newest parts of the Park, and they need your help to do it.  You, too, will get to experience the new Park and give back at the same time.  

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8. Paint Memphis Presents Soul Food 5: Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 6pm

At this one-day festival, over 100 artists will come together to paint the flood wall adjacent to the proposed Chelsea Greenline.  It will be the biggest collaborative mural in Memphis!  Volunteers are needed at the event to distribute paint and water, serve beer or wine (must bring ABC card), and help with security.  

Email Karen to sign up

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9. Holiday Mail for Heroes Card Making

The Red Cross, Mid- South chapter invites you to say “Thank you for your service” to military, veterans, fire fighters, and law enforcement men and women in the Mid-South area.  The deadline to make cards is October 21st, and all cards should be dropped off at any First Citizens National Bank or your Red Cross chapter.  

10. St Jude Children’s Research Volunteer Opportunities: Must be available to make a weekly commitment for at least 8 months.

If you love playing with kids or just love interacting with others, then this might be the opportunity for you.  This month, St. Jude has a variety of ways for you to get involved whether it be entertaining children, cleaning toys, or stocking shelves!  You can help to be a source of happiness in these patient’s lives.  

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If none of these strike your fancy, click here for six 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 some Memphis lovin’, too.

Don’t forget to go here for Everything You Wanted To Know About Volunteering In Memphis


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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