9 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (August 2019)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 5th 2019 649 0

Volunteer Odyssey is back with another super fun list of ways to give back to Memphis this summer! Check out these 9 ideas, whether you like working with kids, love being outdoors, or consider yourself a Memphis foodie. Plus, we’re looking ahead to September’s Mid-South Pride Festival, which needs volunteers to go ahead and sign up.

Memphis Pride (photo contributed by Volunteer Odyssey)

1. Girls Inc of Memphis: Planting Season at the Youth Farm: Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 from 6:30am to 8:00am 

Join Girls Inc. at their Youth Farm! Volunteers will help 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.). Gloves and tools provided. Volunteers should bring a water bottle. 

Sign up here!

2. The Compost Fairy: Compost Cultivation Volunteer Day: Saturday, August 10th, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Join the Compost Fairy team for Cultivation day! Volunteer Activities Might Include: Turning the compost with shovels and pitchforks; feeding leaves into a hopper and shredding; clearing out overgrown areas at site; and, screening finished compost and putting into bags for subscription members and customers  Wear clothes you feel comfortable working outside in, and wear water proof boots or shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and wet. Please bring water! Volunteers will be emailed the location the week of the event (the site is located just south of Midtown). 

Sign up here!

3. Germantown Community Library: Elvis Luau: Saturday August 10th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Get “all shook up” with an Elvis-themed luau party to celebrate the end of summer and Elvis Week. Volunteers are needed to facilitate games, photo booth, snacks and drink table, arts and craft table, and so much more.   

Sign up here!

4. Memphis Botanic Garden: Cooking at the Coop: Sunday August 11th, 2019 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Cooking at the Coop is a children’s class that teaches children about growing food then teaches how to cook. Volunteers are need to help prep and be present and active during the class as a helper.

Sign up here!

5. Pink Palace Museum: The Pink Palace Museum Science of Wine: Friday, August 16th, 2019 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

The Science of Wine is an event that supports the museum’s educational programs for children. All of the funds raised from this event will go for the support of these programs. Volunteers must be 21 years and over. Volunteers will assist with wine pouring for tastings, at restaurant food tables, greeting guests, giving directions, crafts area, game area, as runners, VIP floaters, in the lecture area, and with the soda and water stations. 

Sign up here!

6. Hope House Buddy Up Program Kick-Off: shifts available from Monday, August 19th to Friday, August 23rd, 2019 

Each year Hope House invites members of our community to participate in our Buddy Up program. We ask that our volunteers commit to visiting the child for an hour one time a week for the school year. Buddies will spend one hour reading, playing on the playground, learning new games, or whatever you and your buddy want to do! Our buddies say it is the highlight of their week! 

Sign up here!

7. ARISE2Read: Fall Kick-Off and Training: Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm 

The ARISE2Read team is looking for volunteers that want to make a difference in the lives of children. Launch into Literacy with ARISE2Read is a tutoring opportunity for Memphis area schools. Come and be trained to be an A2R Coach. We coach children 1 hour a week and help students each week improve their literacy skills. Visit www.arise2read.org for details.

Sign up here!

8. Memphis Botanic Garden: Mud Pie Mondays: Monday, August 26th, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm 

Join the Memphis Botanic Garden team and volunteer for Mud Pie Mondays! Volunteers will assist our docent with mud pie activities. The program is focused for children and their parent/adults to do together as a quick drop- in activity while visiting MBBY!

Sign up here!

9. 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.


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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