10 Ways To Give Back to Memphis This Month (August 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. Here are ten ideas for July, including some for this weekend.
1. Refuge Memphis Shower of Blessings: Tuesday, August 1st and 15th from 5:30-8:00pm
On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of the month, Refuge Memphis picks up some of our homeless neighbors and gives them shelter to shower, receive a hot meal, and join in fellowship by attending one of Refuge Memphis’ Shower of Blessings. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles such as to help with cooking, serve on the kitchen crew, serve on the cleaning crew, be a shower attendant, be on the registration team, be a driver, and many more.
2. Memphis Botanic Firefly Glow: Friday, August 4th from 6:30-10:30pm
Firefly Glow is Memphis Botanic Garden’s large end of summer party. At the event, there will be many fun attractions such as the Illumination Station and a Glow Lab. Volunteers are needed to help the staff create a fun environment for the guests.
3. Park After Dark Movie Night: Saturday, August 5th and 12th from 7pm-11pm
For two nights in August after the park closes at sunset, Shelby Farms will be hosting a movie night. Volunteers are needed to work one shift during the movie to ensure the event is a success. On August 5th, they’ll be showing Back to The Future, and on August 12th, it will be Secret Life of Pets.
4. Volunteer Odyssey’s VolunCheers benefitting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: Tuesday, August 8th 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+
5. Pink Palace Science of Wine: Friday, August 18th from 5-10:30pm
The Science of Wine event benefits the Pink Palace’s educational programs. Volunteers will assist with wine pouring, assist at the restaurant food tables, greet guests, give directions, and help with the VIP area. Volunteers need to be 21 years old.
6. Breakaway Bardog 5K & Monroe Avenue Festival: Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st at various times
Enjoy a day filled with local music, food, beer, and lots of fun activities all benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Volunteers will receive free food and drink as well as a special volunteer t-shirt. Volunteers are needed to help with registration, help direct people during the race, help food prep, and help with cleanup.
7. YMCA Back to School Card Writing Event: Tuesday, August 8th from 2-3pm
It’s almost time to head back to school, and the YMCA will be collecting school supplies to distribute to children in need. With the school supplies, they will also be including “Good Luck” or “Best Wishes” cards, and they need your help to create those cards. YMCA will supply all the materials to make the cards, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies if you’d like.
8. Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Tour and Moonlight Tailgate: Saturday, August 26th at 3pm until Sunday, August 27th at 3am
The Midnight Classic Bike Tour is Mertian’s signature fundraising event and includes a leisurely 15-mile bike ride through Overton Square and Cooper Young. Volunteers are needed to help with set up, takedown, food setup/distribution, registration waivers, and even manning corners and cheering on riders. Corner volunteers can compete in the Bling Yourself and Bling Your Corner contests.
9. ARISE2Read Fall Kick-Off and Training: Tuesday, August 29th from 9:30am-noon
Do you have a love for reading or love working with children? Then this might be the volunteer opportunity for you. ARISE2Read works to help 2nd grade students across Memphis to improve their reading abilities, so they can enter 3rd grade on reading level. This event will include a training for new and returning coaches before they begin volunteering during the school year.
10. Shelby Farms Park + Pajamas August Camp Out: Friday, August 11th from 5-9pm
For one night only, Shelby Farms will be hosting a campout for families to attend. Volunteers are needed to help make sure this is a successful event. Volunteers must also first pass a background check. This is a great opportunity to give back and explore the park after dark.
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.