10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (January 2017)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 3rd 2017 6768 1

Here’s a great idea for a new year’s resolution: promise to volunteer at least once a month in your community. I’ll even make it super easy for you by continuing to publish a monthly list of ten easy, fun ways to give back, provided by Volunteer Odyssey. Here’s the list for January.

1. Clean Memphis MLK Day of Service and Community Cleanups: Monday, January 16th at various times and locations

Join Clean Memphis at one of their 16 cleanup sites on MLK Day.  With cleanups in both the morning and the afternoon, this is a fun and easy way to volunteer and make a difference in your community.

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2. Collierville Literacy Council’s English Language Learner Tutor Training: Friday, January 20th from 9am – 3:30pm.  

Have a love for languages and helping others? Then this is the volunteer opportunity for you.  By attending this training session, you will be certified to be an ELL tutor in just one day.  No teaching or foreign language experience is required.  All materials provided and coffee, snacks, and lunch will be served, as well.

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3. Volunteer Odyssey’s VolunCheers benefitting Hospitality Hub: Tuesday, January 10th 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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4. MIFA’s Meals on Wheels Delivery: Monday through Friday from 8:30-noon

Lend your wheels to deliver meals! MIFA delivers over 2,000 warm meals a day to homebound seniors, so they need more volunteers than ever.  It’s an easy way to brighten the day of many seniors in your community.  

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5. Urban Bicycle Food Ministry’s Burrito Making and Delivery: Wednesdays from 6-9:30pm and Saturdays from 7-9:30am

Help to feed the hungry in Memphis by making burritos and delivering them by bike.  This is a great opportunity if you are looking for a way to volunteer after work, on the weekend, or with your children. 

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6. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee Fig Tree Food Pantry: every Monday-Wednesday from 8:45am-noon.  

CCWTN needs volunteers to help sort, bag, and distribute food to families in need.  Between 12-15 families visit the food pantry a day, so they need many volunteers to help each day.  Consider signing up to volunteer if you would like to help make a difference in these families lives.

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7. International Children’s Heart Foundation Office Volunteer: every Thursday from 10am – 1pm

You can help ICHF reach more children in developing countries who need open heart surgery by simply volunteering as an office volunteer.  Your responsibilities include helping with various office tasks such as data entry, filing, transferring files, packaging medical supplies, and much more.  This is a great opportunity if need a service opportunity with a more flexible schedule, as well.

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8. Dorothy Day House Sunday Sitters: every Sunday from 6-7pm

Dorothy Day House needs volunteers to play with the children of DDH while their parents have a brief prayer service.  After prayer, everyone comes together for dessert.  This is a great opportunity if you love kids and meeting and interacting with new people.  

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9. Red Cross Disaster Team Volunteer

By joining the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, you will be able to help alleviate the suffering of those who have been affected by natural and man-made disasters.  This is a great opportunity for those who are looking to volunteer in the community on a daily basis by providing comfort, food, shelter and clothing to peoples whose lives have been turned upside down.

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10. New Ballet Ensemble Align Mentoring Volunteer Information Session: Thursday, January 26th from 12-1pm.  

Are you looking to give back to the Memphis community by mentoring youth? Are you interested in working with talented and driven students in a diverse environment?  Then consider becoming a volunteer mentor for New Ballet Ensemble and School’s Align Mentoring program.  With this program, the goal is to help NBE students reach their own success beyond the dance studio.  Join New Ballet School at their information session to learn more about the program.  

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If none of these strike your fancy, click here to take a tour of 7 different organizations to see if their volunteer opportunities are a perfect match for you. 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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