10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (January 2019)
If your New Year resolution is to give back and volunteer your time more, this post is for you.
Volunteer Odyssey and I Love Memphis make it super easy for you to help the city you love by publishing this monthly list of easy, fun ways to volunteer in Memphis.
Here are ten ideas for January 2019.
1. The Compost Fairy’s Compost Cultivation Volunteer Day: Saturday, January 12th from 9:30am-12:30pm
The Compost Fairy needs volunteers to help during their Compost Cultivation Day. Volunteer activities include turning the compost, feeding leaves into a hopper and shredding, cleaning out overgrown areas, and screening finished compost. Volunteers will need to bring water proof boots that can be submerged in compost, gloves, and water.
2. The Wolf River 5K: Saturday, January 19th from 7:30am-10:30am
The Wolf River Conservancy needs volunteers to assist with their 5K. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with race registration and packet pick up, monitoring the course, and helping with water distribution. Volunteers will also receive a Wolf River Conservancy t-shirt.
3. Memphis Empty Bowls Project: Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th
Join hundreds of people from all over Shelby County as they come together to fight local hunger at the annual Memphis Empty Bowls Project fundraising event. Volunteers are needed to help before the event, during the event, and after the event.
4. Room In the Inn’s Day Center Hospitality: every Tuesday and Wednesday through March from 12:45pm-4:15pm
Room in the Inn-Memphis works with faith communities throughout the Greater Memphis area to provide emergency shelter through the winter. The Carpenter’s House is our base of operations. Beginning November 27, we will be open every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon to provide a warm space for our guests to have coffee, find relief from the cold, and access bathroom facilities. Volunteers help set-up, clean-up, serve coffee, and visit with our guests.
5. Literacy Mid-South’s Read901 Reading A-Z Assessor Training: Saturday, January 12th from 10am-12:15pm
Join a county-wide effort to help our elementary students read at grade level. Volunteers are needed to help assess students on their reading skills. No education experience necessary. Once trained, assessment volunteers are need 4 times a year for two-week periods. You will spend time with elementary students across the county helping to ensure that they are reading material they can enjoy.
6. Catholic Charities Food Pantry: every Monday through Thursday from 9am-1pm
Nearly one in four Memphians live in poverty, and one of the ways Catholic Charities of West Tennessee responds to that need is by providing weekly food boxes through our Food Pantry. These daily operations rely heavily on volunteer manpower to be successful. You will have an opportunity to directly assist your neighbors in need.
7. GiveCamp Memphis 2019: Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th
GiveCamp is a weekend event where local devs, designers, marketers, social media gurus, and other professionals’ band together to help provide non-profits with solutions ranging from websites to mobile apps to Excel spreadsheets. The weekend long event is a fantastic way to give back to the community and gain valuable experience. GiveCamp needs volunteers with any and all skills from developers to marketers, at any level of expertise.
8. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Whiskey, Wine, and Chocolates: Friday, February 8th from 6:30-10:30pm
Join Memphis Botanic Garden in celebrating Valentine’s Day with premium whiskey, wine, and chocolates. Chocolates are specially crafted and designed by renowned chocolatier, Phillip Ashley, and paired with premium beverages. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Volunteers will be assisting with food and chocolate serving, greeting, and cleaning up.
9. MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies New Mentor Training: Thursday, January 17th from 5-8pm
MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies’ Training Institute provides best-in-class training to mentors and mentor programs so that they are equipped to improve student outcomes. This new mentor training starts the process to prepare mentors with the needed tools and skills to mentor and work with the youth within our youth mentoring network. This training is open to anyone interested in becoming a volunteer youth mentor. After completing training, MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies will connect you to a quality youth mentoring program.
10. 2019 Point-in-Time Count for Memphis/Shelby County: Wednesday, January 23rd from 4am-10am (multiple shifts available)
The Point-in-Time Count is an annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night. This count provides a snapshot of homelessness in our city, and it is a critical part of measuring the Community Alliance for the Homeless’ progress in their efforts to end homelessness. Volunteers will receive online training ahead of time and be responsible for assisting with data collection and distributing care bags to individuals who are experiencing homelessness.
At Volunteer Odyssey, our goal is to connect you with your ideal volunteer opportunity, so if none of these strike your fancy, click here to check out hundreds more volunteer opportunities based on your interest, skills, or availability.
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.