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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 10th 2016 6279 0

Here is Volunteer Odyssey’s monthly list of unique ways to give back to Memphis!

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1. VolunCheers benefitting Porter-Leath: Tuesday, October 11th 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+

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2. Agricenter International’s Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 15th from 10am-2pm

Celebrate the fall weather by volunteering at the Harvest Festival.  This festival is free and open to the general public.  There will be pumpkin painting, kids activities, arts and crafts, hayrides, food, and local entertainment.  Volunteers are needed to play games with the kids and help face paint.   

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3. Creative Aging’s Gala at the Gallery: Saturday, October 15th from 6-10pm.

Join Creative Aging for their annual fundraiser.  There will be food, a silent auction, a wine-pull, a cash bar, and dancing.  Volunteers are needed to help set up the event, run the event, and help clean up after the event.  

Email Terrie to sign up

4. St Jude Garden Harvest: Sunday, October 16th from 9am-10pm.  

Enjoy an evening under the stars in St. Jude’s very own garden during their annual culinary fundraiser.  This will be a great event where over 350 guests will enjoy food prepared by some of the region’s top chefs.  Volunteers are needed to help assist with the silent auction, greet and check-in guests, help guests with the silent auction making sure they are having a good time, and help with check-out/clean up at the end of the night.

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5. ITN Memphis Volunteer Program Information Session and “Ride-A-Along”: Thursday, October 13th from 10-11:15am.

Have some free time on your hands and want to give a ride to someone in need? This is the opportunity for you! Attend an information session and “ride-a-long” with volunteer drivers for a short drive as they transport ITN customers (seniors and people with visual impairments) wherever they would like to go within the Memphis Metropolitan Area. Whether ITN customers want to go shopping, to visit friends, or need transportation to a medical appointment, volunteers can help customers get to their dream destination.

Email Kim to sign up

6. Levitt Shell Volunteer Opportunities: October 13th and 20-23rd from 4-10pm

Enjoy live music and volunteering? Well you can do both at the same time at the Levitt Shell.  Volunteers are needed to help with donations, merchandise sales, set up/tear down, and bike valet.  

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7. Community Alliance for the Homeless: Project Homeless Connect 2016: Thursday, October 20th from 8am-3pm

Help those that are experiencing homelessness gain access to the resources and services they need.  Project Homeless Connect is a citywide effort to provide a wealth of necessary services to our city’s most valuable citizens.  In one day, under one roof, these folks will have be able to receive health evaluations, housing counseling, mental health services, vision screenings, etc.

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8. River Arts Fest: Friday, October 21st through Sunday, October 23rd from 7:30am-9pm.  

If you are looking to be a part of the arts, then this is the opportunity for you!  Volunteers are needed to act as artist ambassadors, help with the preview party, work the information/merchandise booth, and check in artists.  

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9. Porter-Leath: Read for the Record: Thursday, October 27th from 8:30-11am.  

Join the 2 million people reading “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” in support of Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day every child enters school prepared to succeed.  Porter-Leath needs volunteers at each of their sites to assist with activities for this record setting day.  

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10. Creative Aging presents the Senior Art Series: Wednesday, November 2nd from 12:00-3:30pm

Help bring the arts to the lives of older adults.  The final performance of the Senior Art Series features the Side Street Steppers and the Beverly Brothers.  Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up, to take tickets, and to pass out refreshments at the end of the performances.

Email Terrie to sign up

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.


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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