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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 28th 2019 2721 0

Volunteer Odyssey is back with another super fun list of ways to give back to Memphis this month! Check out these 10 ideas, whether you like working with kids, making food for hungry Memphians, or hanging out at the Levitt Shell. The Mid-South Pride Festival especially needs volunteers to go ahead and sign up.

Here are your ten unique ways to give back this month in Memphis:

1. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee: Food Pantry: Thursday September 5th from 9:00am to 1:00pm 

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. 

Sign up here!

2. Dixon Gallery: Art on the Rocks: Friday September 6th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us September 6th at the Dixon Gallery for Art on the Rocks — a large beer & cocktail party that takes place annually outside in the lovely Dixon gardens.  Volunteers for the main party will need to attend one of two orientation meetings, on Tuesday, Sept 3 (sign up) or Wednesday, Sept 4 (sign up). Pizza will be provided at both of these meetings. Once you have signed up for one of these orientations, the organizer will contact you about volunteering at this event!

Sign up here!

3. LITE Memphis: Community Partner day: Shifts Available on Sunday September 15th 

LITE Memphis truly appreciate your contribution to helping our students develop their entrepreneurial ventures this semester. Each of our high school finalists are working on entrepreneurial ventures solving needs throughout the city of Memphis. Volunteers will be providing feedback on their ideas, as well as directing them to connections they should make, and suggestions on adapting their projects for potential challenges.

Sign up here!

4. Carpenter Art Garden New Volunteer Meeting: Wednesday, September 18th from 1:00pm to 1:30pm

Come join us for an informational meeting for new volunteers. We will go over all things Carpenter Art Garden! Volunteers can help with events like our Tuesday Art Garden, homework help, and bike rides. 

Sign up here!

5. Urban Bicycle Food Ministry: Wednesday Night Burrito Ride: Wednesday September 18th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm 

Join UBFM for the Wednesday night ride. We’ll meet up at the Carpenter’s House and split into groups. You’ll be assigned to a group with an experienced team lead and each group will take a section of midtown or downtown. We distribute necessities like water and food (especially burritos).

Sign up here!

5. Frayser Friday at Girls Inc. Youth Farm: Friday, September 20th from 7:00am to 9:00am

Join us at the Girls Inc. Youth Farm and help us plant, harvest and seed for the upcoming season!
Be sure and dress for the weather (boots, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, hat, etc.).
It’s recommended that you wear pants and long sleeves.  Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
Gloves and tools provided.

Sign up here!

6. Wolf River Conservancy: Saturday Service Project: Saturday, September 21st, 2019 from 9:00am to 11:00am 

Join Wolf River Conservancy staff as we continue enhancing the Wolf River Greenway trailhead area at Mud Island.  A lot of visible progress has been made through the combined efforts of many volunteers over the past year.  Come help us collect trash that has accumulated along the Wolf River Greenway trails after the most recent floods. Wear closed toe shoes, and you might need rain gear or an umbrella.

We will provide a limited number of gloves and bags.  Please feel free to bring your own if you have them. 

Sign up here!

7. Memphis Botanic Gardens: Backyard Bash: Saturday September 21: Shifts available all day

My Big Backyard, the beloved children’s discovery garden enjoyed by more than 77,000 guests each year, is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate the milestone, we are hosting an inaugural event that will help renew and sustain the outdoor space. On September 21st, Memphis Botanic Garden will host a daytime family-friendly birthday party in the My Big Backyard garden with nature crafts, activities and treats

Sign up here!

8. Memphis Tilth: St. Paul Gardena: Monday September 23rd: Shifts available all day

The St. Paul Garden is a half-acre lot across from Memphis Tilth that is used to demonstrate gardening skills to students and community members of the Advance Memphis Garden and Kitchen Elective where students learn the skills to grow and harvest their own food. The garden has multiple in-ground plots used for vegetable production, wildflower space, a greenhouse, and a meadow space installed with native, perennial grasses, flowers, and herbs. The St. Paul Garden is a Certified Wildlife Habitat and Monarch Station and is Certified Naturally Grown and GAP certified.

Sign up here!

9. Levitt Shell: Memphis 2019 Fall Season: Thursday September 26th from 6:00pm to 9:30pm 

Join the Levitt Shell in Overton Park as a volunteer in our 10th Fall season of free music in Memphis. There are multiple volunteer opportunities Thursday through Sunday each week. Help us make it happen by volunteering your time & talents. We will give you a volunteer t-shirt & badge which you will wear at events to identify you as a volunteer to the audience. Become part a part of the Levitt Shell Family and join us on a mission of community and music! 

Sign up here!

Memphis Pride (photo contributed by Volunteer Odyssey)

10. Mid-South Pride: Memphis Pride Festival: Shifts available from Saturday September 28th to Sunday September 29th 

The Mid-South Pride team is in need of talented and dedicated volunteers. There are different shifts available throughout the festival. Volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the festivities as well. Activities include set-up, clean-up, managing the information booths, directing traffic and more. 

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.


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  1. Grace says:

    Caritas Village

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