12 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (March 2017)
Volunteer Odyssey and I Love Memphis make it super easy for you to help the city you love by publishing a monthly list of easy, fun ways to give back. March is here, and I have an awesome list of 11 things (several of which involve being outside – welcome, spring!)
But first, let me draw attention to one big one this weekend: Mix-Odyssey. It’s Saturday, March 4th from 7-10pm at the BRIDGES building. Sample 7 different cocktails crafted by the top bartenders in the city and vote for your favorite, but be sure to get your tickets ASAP. They won’t be available at the door. You can read more about Mix-Odyssey plus see my emotional manipulative images of delicious cocktails here.
1. MIFA’s No Hungry Senior Boxing Team: every Friday from 9am-11am
Help provide meals to homebound seniors by assembling boxes of shelf-stable meals. Volunteers should be able to stand for 2 hours, lift up to ten pounds, and reach for food products.
2. Read Across America Day at Porter-Leath: Thursday, March 2nd from 9am-11am
Help children from the community celebrate reading and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. Volunteers are needed at various preschools throughout Shelby County to come and read a book to the classroom and also help with arts and crafts activities.
3. Clean Memphis’ Fountain Court Cleanup: Saturday, March 11th from 9am- noon
Help to make your community a better place by joining this cleanup with Clean Memphis. Water and supplies provided. This is also an all ages event, so it is a great opportunity for your kids to volunteer along with you.
4. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Daffodil Dash: Saturday, March 18th from 7:30am-noon.
Join Memphis Botanic Garden for a race for all ages through the daffodils and the surrounding areas of the garden. The Daffodil Dash includes a 5k and a Family Fun Run. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, refreshment stations, cheer stations, and prize stations.
5. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Spring Festival of Flowers: March 21st-24th and March 27-31st from 9:30am-12:30pm
During the Spring Festival of Flowers, school groups visit the garden and participate in discovery activities, skits, and take-home crafts. Volunteers are needed to assist with the outdoor crafts and discovery stations.
6. Shelby Farms Park Urban Gardener (ongoing)
If you love gardening or working outdoors, then this is volunteer opportunity for you. Urban Gardeners are needed to assist in ongoing gardening, trail work, and landscaping projects throughout the Park. There’s plenty of work to be done, and volunteers would be a huge help in maintaining the Park.
7. Volunteer Odyssey’s VolunCheers benefitting Center for Transforming Communities: Tuesday, March 14th 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. Must be 21+
8. Urban Bicycle Food Ministry Burrito Prep and Ride: every Wednesday evening from 6-9pm and every Saturday morning from 7am- 9:30am
Feed the hungry of Memphis by making burritos with UBFM and delivering them by bicycle. Volunteers are needed to help make burritos from 6-8pm and to deliver them from 7:30-9pm. On Saturday, volunteers are needed to prep burritos from 7am-8am and deliver them from 7:30-9:30am.
10. Catholic Charities Clothes Closet Volunteer: every Monday-Wednesday from 8:45am-noon
Help provide people free clothing and household items to people in need by volunteering with Catholic Charities’ clothes closet. Volunteers are needed to help accept donations, sort clothing, and greet clients.
11. The Salvation Army’s Most Amazing Race: Saturday, March 25th from 7am-noon.
Be a part of the Amazing Race. During the event, teams will be running around downtown Memphis scouring the city’s riverfront and entertainment district for Challenge locations. Volunteers are needed to help with check in as well as manage challenge locations around the city. Volunteers should be prepared to be fun and active.
If none of these strike your fancy, click here to take a tour of 7 different organizations to see if their volunteer opportunities are a perfect match for you. 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.