10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (May 2018)
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 May! Don’t forget to check out the debut of their interactive mural on May 3 at their HQ downtown.
1. Volunteer Odyssey presents #TheHeartofMemphis Mural Launch Party: Thursday, May 3rd from 5-7pm
You’ve seen the pictures now see it in action! Our Heart of Memphis Mural connects you in real time to volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Be one of the first to try this art with a heart. We’ll have music, food, beer, and even a “fortune teller” to predict where you’ll volunteer in the future.
2. Refuge Memphis Volunteer Luncheon Training: Saturday, May 5th from 10am-1pm
Join Refuge Memphis to learn more about the organization at their Volunteer Luncheon Training. Food and fun will be provided. This is a great way to learn about how to get involved with Refuge Memphis!
3. VolunCheers benefitting Memphis Athletic Ministries: Tuesday, May 8th from 6-7:30pm
Join Volunteer Odyssey for our monthly volunteer happy hour! This month’s Voluncheers will be benefitting Memphis Athletic Ministries. Sign up to socialize, sip, and snack while completing important tasks for our local non-profits!
4. Volunteer Germantown’s Pop Up Volunteer Party at Whole Foods Germantown: Thursday, May 10th from 5:30-7:30pm
Pop in and volunteer! Join us for our Volunteer Germantown’s first Pop Up Volunteer Party. In partnership with Volunteer Odyssey, we invite you to pop in and volunteer with your friends and family. This event features: mini volunteer projects benefitting local nonprofits that can be completed in 5 minutes or less, family friendly fun, and free snacks and appetizers provided by Whole Food Catering. Volunteering can be convenient and meaningful.
5. Germantown Special Recreation Spring Formal: Friday, May 11th from 5:30-9:30pm
The Special Recreation Spring Formal is an annual event put on by the City of Germantown Parks and Recreation department for individuals with intellectual or physical challenges and their friends and family. As a volunteer, you will have plenty of options for jobs guaranteed to fit your comfort level.
6. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Delta Heritage Garden Harvest Fridays: Friday, May 18th from 3:30-5:30pm
Volunteer your green thumb at the Delta Heritage Garden Harvest. Volunteers will work with Carson Ellis, curator of the Delta Heritage Garden, in maintenance of vegetable, flower, and herb plantings. Work may include planting, weeding, trellising, grooming, and harvesting, and will be moderately strenuous. Volunteers will be invited to share and take home whatever is harvested from the garden after working!
7. Trail Blazing Saturdays at Lichertman Nature Center: Saturday, May 26th from 8:30am-noon
Enjoy the natural wonders of Lichterman Nature Center’s lake, forest & meadow habitats and help keep the trails accessible at the same time! Help remove weeds, non-native privet plants and debris from trails that wind through a wooded wonderland. Bring a picnic and enjoy Lichterman after you volunteer.
8. Wolf River Conservancy’s Fourth Saturday Service Project: Saturday, May 26th from 10am-noon
Join Wolf River Conservancy staff as we continue enhancing the Wolf River Greenway Trailhead area at Harbor Town. A lot of visible progress has been made through the combined efforts of many volunteers over the past year. Come help us collect trash, clear debris, and beautify the area!
9. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Botanical Bars: Thursday, May 31st from 5:30-9:30pm
Join Memphis Botanic Garden’s for four evenings of botanically inspired adult beverages, food, music and more! Volunteers will assist with keeping tables clean and clear, assisting with food, and helping create a fun and entertaining environment!
10. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Unit Buddy opportunity: ongoing
Le Bonheur needs individuals to volunteer to interact with patients on the inpatient floors by playing games, reading books and providing other age-appropriate activities. Patients ages range from infant to teens.
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.