10 Ways To Love Memphis This Month (November 2016)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 28th 2016 8129 0

Here is Volunteer Odyssey’s monthly list of unique ways to give back to Memphis. The first one starts on November 2, so sign up today! More fun announcements from Volunteer Odyssey coming soon…

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1. Creative Aging Presents the Senior Art Series:  Wednesday, November 2nd from noon-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


2. Memphis Empty Bowls: Saturday, November 12th from 1:30-4pm and Sunday, November 13th from 4-9pm.


Join the Memphis Empty Bowls Project in their fight against hunger in Memphis.  At the event, guests are served a meal of soup and bread provided by local restaurants.  Guests then choose a handcrafted or hand-painted bowl to take home with them as a reminder of the empty bowls on the tables of many low- income families.  Volunteers are needed to help set up the day before the event as well as help with the event and with the clean up.  

Sign up or get more info

3. Broad Avenue Arts District Presents the Fall Art Walk: Friday, November 4th from 5-10pm.  

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather in the Broad Avenue Arts District.  There will be food trucks, a photo booth, local vendors and artists, and live performances.  Volunteers are needed to help prep and run the event.  

Email Katie to sign up


4. Team Max- MIFA Thanksgiving Meal Delivery: Thursday, November 24th from 8-11am

Help to bring a Thanksgiving meal to a homebound senior.  On Thanksgiving Day, Team Max will be delivering shelf-stable meals to 700 of MIFA’s homebound seniors.  Each team will be making 6-8 deliveries.  This is a great way to show what your thankful for by giving back to your community.  

Email Team Max to sign up

5. ITN Memphis Information Session and “Ride a Long”: Thursday, November 10th from 10-11:30am

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. VolunCheers benefitting MIFA: Monday, November 14th 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+

Sign up to receive updates on when registration opens

7. Volunteer Odyssey Give Back Series Presented by CBIZ MHM: Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 29th from 11-2pm and Tuesday, November 29th and Tuesday, December 6th from 5-8pm.  


Enjoy a 101 seconds of volunteering by stopping by the 101 Pop Up Shop on South Main Street.  Stop by on your lunch break on November 21st and 29th or come by in the evening on November 29th or December 6th.  Beer and snacks will be provided for the evening VolunCheers, so you must be 21 to attend.  

To sign up: http://volunteer901.eventbrite.com

8. Volunteer Odyssey Invites You to Volunteer from Home for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a VERY popular day to volunteer and spots fill up quickly. Fortunately, there’s a great way to volunteer from home and to help those who are experiencing homelessness. It’s great for family, friends, any size group, and all ages!

To learn more


9. Memphis Public Library’s Party in the Cloud: Saturday, November 5th from 6:30-9:30pm.  

For one night, adults have the opportunity to experience Cloud901, which is a high tech art lab for teens to use.  This is a great and fun way to give back and get to experience some of Cloud 901 for yourself.  

Email Terrice to sign up

10. Theatre Memphis’ Production of One Ham Manlet: Thursdays from 6:45-10pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:15-10:30pm, and Sundays from 1-5pm.  


Starting November 10th, Theatre Memphis needs volunteers to be ushers for their production of One Ham Manlet.  Usher responsibilities include greeting patrons, distributing tickets, passing out programs, selling concessions, helping patrons find their seats, and helping to pick up after the show.  

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.

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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