10 Ways To Love Memphis This August

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 3rd 2015 9749 0

Welcome to August, Memphis! I’ve teamed up with Volunteer Odyssey to bring you the third edition of a monthly series about unique ways to give back and love Memphis. This month, we have everything from delivering flowers to being a high-speed auction spotter to sprucing up Overton Park.

Carpenter
Photo via Volunteer Odyssey/Carpenter Art Garden

I see it all the time on social media: y’all really do want to give back and show your love for Memphis. I hope these monthly roundups make it easier to find volunteering ideas that work for you.

If none of these strike your fancy, click here for five places that you can try out from home. Or, there are more than 80 volunteer opportunities on Volunteer Odyssey’s Calendar: volunteerodyssey.com/calendar

Here’s the list:

1. Provide School Supplies: Tuesday, August 4 at 7 a.m.

Project outreach
This is Project Outreach’s annual trip to Fayette County to distribute school supplies for the new school year. Meet in Collierville and then carpool/caravan to the volunteer site. If you want to know what to expect, check out this video of their school distribution

To sign up or get more details: Go Here 

2. Say VolunCheers!: Tuesday, August 11 at 6 p.m.

VolunCheers
Join Volunteer Odyssey for VolunCheers – this volunteer happy hour is an easy way to give back for busy professionals. Drinks and food provided. 

To sign up: RSVP

3. Spruce up Overton Park: Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m.
Spruce up Rainbow Lake and the surrounding areas on Overton Park’s annual Summer Volunteer Work Day.

To sign up: Email Susan

4. Get Crafty: Tuesdays August 18 and August 25 at 3 p.m.
Spend an afternoon at the Carpenter Art Garden! This is a space for students at Cornerstone Prep and Lester Middle School to come to build relationships and work on art projects. There is always a need for volunteers to help coordinate crafts, bring snacks, or just lend an extra hand. (See photo at the top of the post.)

To sign up: Email Megan

5. Build a Fitness Park: Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m.
Volunteers are invited to help Operation Crosstown build and set up fitness equipment and games to activate the green space at N. Cleveland and Overton Park Ave next to AutoZone.

To sign up: Email Dylan

6. Provide a Monday Night Meal: Mondays in August at 6 p.m.
Bring a simple meal and join the families of the Dorothy Day House for dinner. We will contact you a week or so before your scheduled date to let you know how many people are at the DDHH and how many will attend dinner. Great volunteer activity for a small group or a family. 

To sign up: Email Tracy

7. Host a Vintage Affair – A Toast to life: Saturday August 22 at 6 p.m.
Be a greeter, be a fast-paced live auction spotter or help with check in and registration at an American Cancer Society fundraising event.

To sign up: Email Katie 

8. Brighten Someone’s Day: Ongoing

Bouquets of Hope
Bouquets of Hope lets you brighten the day of seniors in a local nursing home with Catholic Charities. Volunteers to help us arrange flowers and/or deliver free bouquets of flowers to seniors in a local nursing home.

To sign up: Email Christine

9. Help Out at Manna House: Tuesdays in August at 7:45am.
Manna House needs volunteers to prepare the house for our guests and to spend time with them. Volunteers are also needed to run the hospitality room, cook, clean, and help us distribute socks and hygiene kits.

To sign up: Email Peter

10. Get Oriented for Red Cross Disaster Response:
Saturday, August 8 (Crittenden County, AR)
Saturday August 15 at 9:00 (Memphis, TN)
Thursday August 27 at 4pm (Desoto County, MS).
If you’re good under pressure and want to be on the front lines, come learn about volunteering with the Red Cross of the Mid-South. 

To sign up: Email Janelle

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 and give Memphis some 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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