10 Ways To Give Back to Memphis This Month (June 2017)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 31st 2017 1791 1

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. Here are ten ideas for June, including some for this weekend.

1.Overton Park Conservancy Day of Merrymaking: Saturday, June 3rd from 9am-3:30pm

Join Overton Park for their family festival, A Day of Merrymaking. Volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly; there are opportunities to help with set up, vendor load-in, help with the actual event and help with tear down. This event will include food trucks, music, arts and crafts, and games. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the start of summer.

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2.Agricenter International Feast on the Farm Gala: Saturday, June 10th from 1-11pm

Support your friends at the Agricenter by volunteering at their 3rd annual fundraising gala.  Volunteers are needed to help at the silent auction table, check people in and out, work the wine pull, to be live auction assistants, serve food, and many other activities.  Volunteers should also be 21 years of age and older.

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3.Volunteer Odyssey’s June VolunCheers benefitting Shelby Farms Park: Tuesday, June 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. Must be 21+

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4.Neighborhood Christian Center Summer Reading Volunteer: Starting May 30th until June 30th from 12:30-2pm

Share your love for reading with children by becoming a Neighborhood Christian Center Summer Reading Volunteer. Volunteers are needed to read to students ages 5-12 for 30 minutes per day during the 5 weeks that the camp is offered.  This is a quick and fun way to give back to kids in your own community.

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5.Memphis Botanic Garden Adventure Fridays: every Friday starting on June 2nd until August 25th from 9:30am-12:30pm

Join the Garden in some nature discovery and exploration in My Big Backyard. During Adventure Fridays, kids will stop by to complete different fun activities, and volunteers are needed to help run these activities.

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6.Catholic Charities Big Mobile Food Distribution with Resurrection Catholic Church: Thursday, June 8th from 8:30am-noon

Catholic Charities needs your help with unloading, bagging, and distributing over 10,000 lbs of food to over 350 households. By volunteering at this Mobile Food Distribution, you’ll be providing food security to those in need in the community. All ages are welcome to volunteer at this event.

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7.Memphis Botanic Garden Mudpie Mondays: every Monday from June 5th until August 28th from 9:30am-12:30pm

Every Monday during the summer months’ kids can stop by My Big Backyard and make their own mudpies with nature’s decorations. This is a fun event for the children visiting to do with their parents, and volunteers are needed to assist with this activity.

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8.Shelby Farms Star-Spangled Celebration: Saturday, July 1st from 11am-11pm

Shelby Farms Star-Spangled Celebration is a festival of music and family honoring the birthday of our Nation. It will be a fun-filled day of music, food and fun, ending with a laser light show at Hyde Lake.  This event is a fundraiser for operation of Shelby Farms Park and the Greenline, so they need your help to make the event a success.  Volunteers are needed to help with parking, activities, ticketing, clean-up, and more.

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9.Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival: June 16th through 18th at various times

Enjoy a fun weekend with arts and crafts, food trucks, entertainment, and much more in celebrating 25 years of the Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival. Volunteers are needed to help in the Kids Zone, with parking and security, to be runners, and general volunteers.

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10.Memphis Child Advocacy Center Community Open House: Wednesday, June 28th from 6-7pm

Join the Memphis Child Advocacy Center for an Open House and learn how you can help victims become children again. During this event, attendees will learn how they can be a part of the growing community working to protect children from trauma and its aftermath. Come learn how you can be a part the change with this great organization.

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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.


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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