10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (April 2017)
Volunteer Odyssey and I Love Memphis make it super easy for you to help the city you love by publishing a monthly list of easy, fun ways to give back. Here are ten ideas for April.
1. Clean Memphis’ Earth Day 30 Days Straight: various dates and times throughout April
Join Clean Memphis in celebrating Earth Day not just on April 22nd but for 30 days straight. The cleanups are located at various neighborhoods around town and include a Soulsville USA Cleanup, a Shelby Farms Cleanup, a South City Neighborhood Cleanup, a Cordova Cleanup and many more. This is not only a great way to give back but also a way to improve your community.
2. Ride-Along w/ MIFA Meals: April 3rd-7th from 9am-noon
Have you ever considered becoming a MIFA Meals on Wheels volunteer but not sure what the experience would be like? For one week only, MIFA is giving you the opportunity to test-drive the volunteer experience. You will be paired with an seasoned volunteer and get an up-close look at what the delivery program looks like in order to decide if you’d like to volunteer there in the future.
3. Shelby Farms Park Earth Day 5K Fun Run: Sunday, April 9th from 12pm-4pm
Join Shelby Farms for a fun afternoon in the park! Volunteers are needed for multiple shifts and roles. Volunteers are needed to be course monitors and manage the water station. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
4. cityCURRENT’s Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Distribution: Tuesday, April 11th from 2-6pm
Join cityCURRENT, St. George’s Independent School, and Serve901/Choose901 as they serve 350 youth in the community by providing them with new socks, shoes, and lots of love, hugs and hope. At the event, you’ll also get to hear from the founder of Samaritan’s Feet, Dr. Manny Ohonme, who will be sharing his story of growing up in Africa and how a pair of shoes gifted to him completely changed his life. Volunteers are needed to help with event set up, to be foot washers, or provide event support.
5. Shelby Farms Park Earth Day Family Campout: Friday, April 21st from 5-9pm
The Earth Day celebrations continue at Shelby Farms with a family-friendly camp out in the Woodland Discover Playground. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, and volunteers will be responsible for helping with check in, campsite set up and a guided hike, and with crafts for guests.
6. Volunteer Odyssey’s VolunCheers benefitting the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County: Tuesday, April 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+
7. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Campfire Date Night: Friday, April 21st from 6-10pm
Memphis Botanic Garden is hosting a campfire date night where you can help provide a romantic evening for the adults in attendance. The event includes delicious food and drinks, and all volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Volunteers are needed to help with the food and drink station, crafts, and fire tending.
8. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s Volunteer Saturday: Saturday, April 22nd from 9am-noon
Help Catholic Charities transition their Clothes Closet from winter to spring clothing. Their Clothes Closet provides free clothing and household items to neighbors in need. This event is also family friendly and is therefore, a great opportunity for kids to obtain service hours, as well.
9. Read to Me at St. Jude: the 4th Thursday of the month from noon-1pm
Spend your lunch break reading to and entertaining the kids at St. Jude while they wait for their appointments. Volunteers will help the kids pick out a book to take home with them and read it to them if they’d like. This is an easy and meaningful way to give back in your day.
10. Memphis Public Libraries’ Fridays of Free Jazz: April 14th and 28th from 4-8pm
The Levitt Shell and the Memphis Public Libraries are hosting 2 more Fridays of Free Jazz. On April 14th, they are hosting the “(Re)birth of cool” with the University of Memphis Birth of Cool Ensemble, and on April 28th they will have The Legends of Jazz Quintet Ensemble with Dr. Bill Hurd. At these performances volunteers are needed to help greet, usher, and check in attendees.
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.