10 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (February 2019)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | February 6th 2019 2104 0

Want to get involved in Memphis? Looking for Memphis volunteer opportunities?

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. We do it every month! Don’t forget that Mix-Odyssey is coming up in March. 

1. Playhouse on the Square: Usher for ‘Tuck Everlasting”: every Thursday through Sunday until February 9th from 7-10:30pm



Playhouse on the Square needs volunteers to usher during their shows. The main duties for ushers include greeting patrons, passing out programs, checking tickets, helping patrons find seats, and doing light cleaning after the show. As an usher, you’ll be able to watch the performance for free!

Sign up here!

2. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Whiskey, Wine and Chocolates: Saturday, February 9th from 6:30-10:30pm

Visitors celebrate Valentine’s Day with premium Whiskey, Wine and Chocolate. Chocolates are specially crafted and designed by renowned chocolatier, Phillip Ashley, and paired with premium beverages. For this event we need volunteers that are over the age of 21. Volunteers will be assisting with food serving, chocolate servers, greeters and clean-up crew.

Sign up here!


3. Wolf River Conservancy’s 14th Annual Tree Planting: Saturday, February 16th at from 9am-1pm


This Annual Tree Planting is the largest volunteer event for the Wolf River Conservancy. Hundreds of volunteers come out each year to help plant native trees in partnership with Shelby Farms Park and the West Tennessee Chapter of the TN Urban Forestry Council. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, and more.

Sign up here!

4. 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.

Sign up here!


5. Girls Inc: Planting Season at the Youth Farm: every Wednesday and Friday from 8am-11am


Join the Girls Inc. Youth Farm and help plant, harvest, and seed for the upcoming season. Be sure to dress for the weather. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Sign up here!


6. Read to Me at St. Jude: Thursday, February 28th from 12-1pm


Join us for an incredible volunteer opportunity at St. Jude. This is a great way to spend your lunch break! Volunteers will read with and entertain kids waiting for their appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Volunteers who speak Spanish are encouraged to participate! You’ll read to the patients in the waiting rooms and help them select a favorite book to take home with them.

Sign up here!

7. Dorothy Day House’s Monday Night Meal: every Monday from 5:30-7pm



Dorothy Day House needs volunteers to provide a community meal for both of their locations. The volunteers supply a simple dinner for the residents of DDH and joining them for a meal and fellowship. This is a great opportunity to do with your kids.

Sign up here!


8. Urban Bicycle Food Ministry Wednesday Evening Burrito Ride: every Wednesday night from 7:30-9pm


Join Urban Bicycle Food Ministry in distributing burritos by bicycle to the homeless in downtown and midtown. In addition to burritos, they also distribute water, gloves, blankets, etc. Volunteers should provide their own bicycle and helmet.

Sign up here!

9. Big Brother Big Sisters of the Mid-South’s Laurelwood 15k Race: Sunday, February 17th from 6:30am-noon



This year a portion of the proceeds from the Laurelowood 15k will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, so they need volunteers to help man the race. Volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, t-shirt organization, food distribution, award distribution, and clean up.

Sign up here!

10. Memphis Botanic Garden’s: Show the Garden some LOVE week: Monday, February 11th through Friday, February 15th

Show the Memphis Botanic Garden some LOVE this Valentine’s season! Join us as we present a week of events dedicated to spreading love to the Garden! Each day will feature a different event, so bring your friends, family, and your sweetheart to volunteer! 

Sign up here!

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.

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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