10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (August 2016)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 1st 2016 3649 0

Once again, I Love Memphis has teamed up with Volunteer Odyssey to bring you unique ways to give back to our city this month. Here are ten fun volunteer opportunities in Memphis in July 2016.

Did you miss the June 2016 I Love Memphis Podcast? If you’re into loving our city, you’ll want to listen here for an interview with Volunteer Odyssey’s founder, Dr. Sarah Petschonek.

VO_LOGO square1. YOUnified: Friday, August 5 from 5-9:30pm

Help end the Bridge Builders summer conference season and start the beginning of the school year by volunteering at YOUnified. Volunteers are needed for different shifts from 3-9:30pm, including perimeter security, signage, check-in set up, entertainment/tech crew, and passport crew.

Sign up or get more info


2. Thistle & Bee and the Lisieux Community’s Crumble Rumble: Saturday, August 6 from 10am-noon

Help raise awareness for women who have survived trafficking and prostitution by volunteering to crumble herbs from the Thistle & Bee gardens.  

Email Madge to sign up

crumble rumble

3. Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Tour and Lunar Festival: Saturday, August 6 from 10pm-3am

Come on out to this family friendly night of fun. See people bling their bikes and even bling themselves. Meritan, Inc. needs volunteers for food setup, registration, greeting, water stations, manning the corners, take down, food handout, and more.

Sign up here

midnight bike

4. Tile Making Day at the Carpenter Art Garden: Saturday, August 13 from 9am-2pm

Show your creativity by coming out to the Carpenter Art Garden for Tile Making Day. The Art Garden needs help making new tiles for their new mosaic sculpture garden.

Email Megan to sign up

5. Bingo Party benefitting Creative Aging: Thursday, August 18 from 5:30-7:30pm

Do you enjoy spending time with friendly seniors in the Memphis community? If so, join them at a Bingo Party! Volunteers are needed to help with gust check-in, Bingo games, and distributing prizes.

Email Terrie to sign up

6. Habitat for Humanity’s Children’s Room Volunteer: Thursdays from 6-8pm starting August 18th

Have a love for children? Help out at Memphis Habitat’s Children’s room by playing with children from ages 3 to 13 while their parents attend financial education classes. Whether you read a book, help with homework, or organize games to play, you’re bound to enjoy time with these amazing kids.

Email Amy to sign up

7. Pink Palace presents the Science of Wine: Friday, August 19 from 5:30-10pm

Want to see a polar bear, shrunken head dinosaurs, and learn about the best wine around? Join the Pink Palace as they host a fundraiser for the Education Department of The Palace Family of Museums. Volunteers will be needed to help with the pouring stations, the arts and crafts, directions, the set up stations, and more. Must be at least 21 to volunteer.

Email Janie to sign up

8. The Most Amazing Race: Saturday, August 20 from 7am-1:30pm

It’s not just a race; it’s the Most Amazing Race. Join the journey downtown. Help with registration, parking, welcoming, monitoring the course, manning water stations, and more.

Email Stacie to sign up

9. MIFA’s Taking It to the Streets: Saturday, August 20 from 9am-noon

Join MIFA as they take it to the streets and work to clean surrounding Memphis neighborhoods. This is an opportunity for people from diverse backgrounds to work together and get to know one another while helping to beautify the streets in 38126, Memphis’ poorest zip code.

Email Isaiah to sign up

taking it to the streets

10. Best Memphis Burger Fest: Sunday, August 28 from 10:30am-6pm

Enjoy a juicy burger while volunteering at Best Memphis Burger Fest! This fest will feature about 40 cooking teams competing for the title of Best Memphis Burger. Volunteers are needed to man the judging tent, help with parking, event set up, and more. Volunteers will even be able to sample all the burgers before or after their assigned shift(s).

Sign up or get more info


VolunCheers benefitting Clean Memphis: Tuesday, August 9th 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.

Sign up or get more info

If none of these strike your fancy, click here for six places that you can try out from home. 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.

Don’t forget to go here for Everything You Wanted To Know About Volunteering In Memphis

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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  1. Gregg Smith says:

    Don’t forget about the Forrest Spence 5k at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday August 27th. More info here:

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