10 Ways To Love Memphis In November

12 Ways To Love and Serve Memphis In October: Volunteer Ideas

Volunteer Odyssey has put together this list of local groups that need your help this month. 

As we step into fall and catch our breath, consider giving some of your time to our local nonprofits working to educate, feed, and house our neighbors.

Here are 10 ways to serve this November. We hope you pick an opportunity or two that speaks to you. We hope to see you out there! For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit serve.volunteerodyssey.com.

Buffalo at Shelby Farms Park. Photo Credit: Justin Fox Burks

Boys and Girls Club, Steak N Burger, November 4th with shifts throughout the day

Volunteer for the longest-running and highest grossing fundraiser of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. Steak n’ Burger has been bringing Club members and donors together to share conversations and a meal for 50 years. Guests will spend the evening getting to know our Club members, seeing their many talents and celebrating their successes while enjoying an inspirational message by our guest speaker, Mayor Jim Strickland.

Sign up here!

Shelby Farms Park, Buffalo 5k and Buffalo Day Celebration, November 6th with shifts throughout the day

In case you haven’t "herd" National Bison Day is coming up on Saturday November 6th, 2021, and this year SFP is celebrating it with the 2021 Buffalo Run 5k and Buffalo Day Celebration. Located on the scenic edge of Hyde Lake at the Event Stage and Great Lawn, the Buffalo Run 5k + Buffalo Day Celebration is a festival of music, food and family; celebrating the North American Bison as the official National Mammal of the United States. Featuring some of Memphis' best food vendors and music! The Buffalo Run 5k + Buffalo Day Celebration is a fundraiser for the operation of Shelby Farms Park and Shelby Farms Greenline so volunteers are needed to make this event possible.

Sign up here!

Huzzah! On the Harbor Kayak Race, November 6th from 1:30 to 4:30 

Huzzah! on the Harbor is the first annual kayak race on Mud Island as part of the inaugural Fieldaze outdoor event festival. They are looking for volunteers to have some fun with us and help out with race day. If you love to be outdoors, enjoy kayaking, or want a new kind of volunteer opportunity then look no further! 

Sign up here!

Kindred Place, A Kindred Night Out, November 6th with shifts throughout the evening

Volunteer with the National Foundation for Women Legislators as they convene in Memphis for their annual conference. Their vision is to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America’s future. Volunteers are needed throughout their conference to help with the registration table. This is an amazing opportunity if you are interested in politics, policy, women-focused leadership, or other related topics.

Sign up here!

National Foundation for Women Legislators, November 7th through 10th with various shifts

Volunteer with the National Foundation for Women Legislators as they convene in Memphis for their annual conference. Their vision is to empower and inspire elected women to become thought leaders who shape America’s future. Volunteers are needed throughout their conference to help with the registration table. This is an amazing opportunity if you are interested in politics, policy, women-focused leadership, or other related topics.

Sign up here!

Grind City Cares, Grind City Cares 5K, November 13th from 10:00 to 2:00

The Grind City Cares 5K Race is an opportunity to get involved by giving back to the community. The proceeds from the run will go towards feeding families from Memphis Athletic Ministries, assisting those that may not be able to afford a Thanksgiving meal this year. The run will take place at the historic Overton Park East Parkway Pavilion on November 13th at 10am! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are able to assist with set up, check in, water stations, parking and directions, and general encouragement for the runners.

Sign up here!

Pinecrest Camp & Retreat Center, Trail Maintenance Mondays, November 15th from 10:00 to 2:00

Join Pinecrest Camp in the perfect socially-distanced volunteer opportunity this fall. They are smoothing trails, creating new trails, clearing up and restoring old trails, removing invasive plants and restoring wetlands around campus. They can supply some tools, or you bring your own loppers, trimmers, rake, or shovel. This is a great opportunity to spend time in nature and give back.

Sign up here!

Just City, Court Watch Volunteer Orientation, November 18th from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. 

Join Just City in their Court Watch Volunteer Orientation. Interested volunteers are required to attend orientation before sitting in on court. Just City knows that attendance creates pressure. They watch court proceedings in order to demand justice and fairness by our elected officials. Court watch invites community volunteers into courtrooms to observe proceedings that are typically invisible to the general public. Join them! 

Sign up here!

Compost Fairy, Craft Food and Wine Fest, November 20th and 21st with various shifts 

Join the Compost Fairy in their Craft Food and Wine Festival, supporting and promoting zero waste initiatives. The volunteers will be working in pairs near the three-tier waste systems to help guide attendees and vendors to throw their waste in the right bin. Volunteers will also assist in breaking down cardboard and ensuring that recyclable items are captured for recycling. There will be a review of waste systems at the beginning of each shift. This is a great opportunity to support the Compost Fairy, Church Health- who will recieve the proceeds- and zero waste initiatives. 

Sign up here!

Room in the Inn, Cleaning with a Meaning, Open timeslots on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 

If you enjoy cleaning, you can volunteer your time for Room in the Inn. You can sign up now for cleaning with a meaning to help maintain a clean and safe facility for guests at RITI experiencing homelessness. You can pick whatever time works best for you and give back to RITI with this simple, but impactful task. Duties may include sweeping, mopping, replacing paper materials, wiping down surfaces, taking out trash, dusting, bathroom restocking, etc. 

Sign up here!

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