11 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (April 2019)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | April 3rd 2019 1929 0

This month, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the gorgeous spring weather while giving back, from volunteering at the Wolf River Conservancy’s 5K, Shelby Farms’ Earth Day party, the Botanic Garden’s plant sale, or cleaning up our neighborhoods with Clean Memphis.

Sign up for those and many more in this month’s volunteer roundup from Volunteer Odyssey.

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1. American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life: Saturday, April 6th from 9:30am-9:30pm with various shifts available

Join the American Cancer Society for their family-friendly community festival to fight back against cancer! Volunteers are needed to help set up, help with parking, assist with event activities, and help with breakdown. Must be at least 16 years of ages or older to volunteer.

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2. The Humane Society’s Easter Egg Hunt: Saturday, April 20th from 10am-4pm

Join the Humane Society for their dog friendly Easter Egg Hunt! Volunteers are needed to hide eggs, help with parking, direct the hunt, assist with bunny photos, help with face painting lines, and more. There will also be an adoptable pet parade and food trucks.

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3. Taste of Memphis 2019: Thursday, April 18th from 9am-10pm

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 5pm – 10pm there will be neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, community development corporations and many others to come out and show support as being part of this great event as we celebrate the bicentennial of the City of Memphis and Shelby County.  The theme is A New Century of Soul! During the event, we have a friendly competition based upon the best neighborhoods that displays their greatness. Volunteers are needed to help set up, direct people to booths, and breakdown.

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5. Wolf River Conservancy’s Epping Way 5K: Saturday, April 27th from 6-9am

Join the Wolf River Conservancy as they celebrate the grand opening of the Epping Way section of the Wolf River Greenway. Volunteers are needed to help run and oversee the race. Following the Epping Way 5K race, the grand opening dedication and ribbon cutting will be held with remarks from Mayor Jim Strickland and Mayor Lee Harris. Activities following the ribbon cutting include paddling demonstrations on Epping Way Lake, face-painting, photo booths, bike rides with Explore Bike Share, music and more!

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6. Shelby Farms Park Down to Earth Festival: Saturday, April 27th from 7:30am-5:30pm

Celebrate sustainability at the biggest Earth Day celebration in the Mid-South! Join us for a day full of live music, high-adventure play, eco-friendly vendors, local/sustainable food options and clean, green fun! Volunteers ages 16+ needed to help with the event stage, activity areas, exhibitors, crafts and parking.

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7. Memphis Botanic Garden’s Spring Plant Sale: Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th at various times

Year after year, plant nerds, couch potatoes, novice and expert gardeners flock to the Garden’s Spring Plant Sale. It is THE EVENT that every green thumb (and not so green thumb) looks forward to each spring. We are proud to offer perennials, annuals, tropicals, trees and shrubs. You’ll shop from a vast selection of plants grown in our own greenhouses, so you can be sure that they are healthy and suitable for our Mid-South growing conditions. Volunteers will assist shoppers with finding shopping carts as well as returning carts to the proper place.

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8. Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Saturday: Saturday, April 13th from 9am-noon

Join Catholic Charities for their Volunteer Saturday. Volunteers will work on several projects including transitioning the Clothes Closet for the Spring/Summer season. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Catholic Charities and the important services they provide to the community.

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9. Hope House’s Hoedown for Hope: Friday, April 12th from noon-11pm

Join us for Hope House’s annual Hoedown For Hope on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Propcellar. The event will be a fun, casual gala featuring DJ Nugget, dancing, delicious southern food, beer and wine, a silent auction, photobooth and best of all, a mechanical bull! All proceeds from the night will benefit children and families affected by HIV and poverty in the Memphis area. Volunteer jobs will include set up and clean up for the event.

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10. Clean Memphis’ Community Wide Cleanup Event: Saturday, April 27th from 9am-1pm

Clean Memphis needs volunteers to help clean up subdivisions in Southeast Memphis (Hickory Hill) and Shelby County. Volunteers will first meet outside the Shelby Library for supplies and will then be split up to clean 5 different areas.

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11. Playhouse on the Square: Usher for “George Orwell’s 1984”: Thursday, April 18th through Sunday, May 12th at various times

Playhouse on the Square needs volunteers to usher during their upcoming production of “George Orwell’s 1984”.  The main duties for ushers are greeting patrons, passing out programs, checking tickets, helping patrons find seats, and light cleaning after the show. The big perk of ushering at Playhouse is you get to watch the performance you usher for free!

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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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