10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (September 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 September 2017, including some for this weekend.
1. Exposure on 901 Day: Friday, September 1st from 10am-9pm
Join New Memphis in celebration of all things Memphis on 901 Day! There will be over 150 organizations in attendance for Memphians to learn how to give back and get involved. Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Volunteer responsibilities include helping with event set up, clean up, registration, and to be New Memphis ambassadors.
2. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Big Bug Event Assistants: Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th from 9am-2pm
Creep, crawl, flitter or fly your way to Memphis Botanic Garden this fall to see David Rogers Big Bugs. These larger than life bugs sculptures are created using various trees to give each bug its unique character displayed throughout our 96 acres. Volunteers are needed to help ensure the event runs smoothly. Volunteers will be scanning tickets, directing guests, and assisting with the gift shop.
3. Catholic Charities Volunteer Saturday: Saturday, September 16th from 9am-noon
Catholic Charities needs your help transitioning their clothes closet to fall/winter clothes for their homeless guests. They will also need your help preparing for their Gift’s for God’s Children Christmas program. All ages are welcome to serve with Catholic Charities.
4. The Grizzlies Foundation New Mentor Training: Saturday, September 16th from 9am-noon
Looking to become a mentor? The Grizzlies Foundation is hosting training to become a TEAM UP mentor. Once training is complete, volunteers are referred to partner organizations. This training will give you the tools and skills to make an impact in a student’s life.
5. Project Homeless Connect: Thursday, September 21st at various times
Project Homeless Connect – Memphis opens windows of opportunity to individuals who are experiencing homelessness giving them immediate access to vital services and resources under one roof is a proven way to impact their lives for good. Join the team of city agencies, service providers, and community partners in working to make a difference in many people’s lives.
6. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Bug Crawl: Saturday, September 30th from 6:30-10:30pm
Bug Crawl is a very unique and fun event where visitors will come to the garden and view David Rogers’ “Big Bugs”. Guests will visit each bug in the Garden and visit local breweries and distilleries to sample some of their best brews. They can enjoy live music by Star and Micey and grab some grub from local food trucks. Volunteers will help with lawn games, trash, directions, and admissions. Volunteers must be 21+
7. Volunteer Odyssey’s September VolunCheers benefitting Hope House: Tuesday, September 12th 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. American Red Cross’ Sound the Alarm. Save a Life: Saturday, October 7th from 9am-2pm
Join the American Red Cross is sounding the alarm about fire safety. Every day 7 people die from home fires, and by volunteering you can help to change that. Volunteers are needed to work with the Memphis Fire Department to install smoke alarms for free.
9. Shelby Farms Park’s Mempho Music Festival: Friday, October 6th and Saturday, October 7th
Shelby Farms Park is hosting the inaugural Mempho Music Festival, a two-day experience filled with music, food, and nature. The first annual MEMPHO music festival is being launched with a distinct purpose to pay homage to our community’s unique role in shaping and influencing global music culture. Volunteers will play a huge role in helping to ensure the event is a success.
10. Carpenter Art Garden’s Tuesday Art Garden: every Tuesday from 3-5pm
Join us Tuesday afternoons for art and relationship building on Carpenter Street! Students from Cornerstone Prep (elementary) and Lester Prep (middle school) are invited to drop in and participate in the 2-3 art projects volunteers and CAG staff set up in the Art Garden. Volunteers will be asked to assist in art projects, distribute snack, help students with homework, etc.
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.