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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 23rd 2019 1159 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.

Memphis’ Levitt Shell In Action

Memphis Rox: St. Jude Target House Pantry Volunteers: Tuesday October 1st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Memphis Rox has an ongoing partnership with St. Jude’s Target House, the long-term housing facility for St. Jude families. Helping out at the pantry every week is one of the ways we contribute to Target House’s mission. Volunteers “shop” in the Target House pantry for groceries and home goods based on lists provided by Target House families. All goods are donated by external organizations; volunteers do not need to bring or purchase anything.

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Levitt Shell: Shell Yeah! Ben Folds Concert: Friday October 4th Multiple shifts available from 6:00pm to 9:30pm

Shell yeah! is a fundraising event benefiting the Levitt Shell. We will give you a volunteer t-shirt & badge which you will wear at events to identify you as a volunteer to the audience. Activities include, greeting guest as they arrive, collecting tickets, donations collector and more! Become part a part of the Levitt Shell Family and join us on a mission of community and music! Register with the Levitt Shell group today!

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Spay Memphis: Spaytacular Gala: Saturday October 5th Multiple shifts available all day

Our 13th Annual Spaytacular Gala is Spay Memphis’ largest fundraiser, featuring food, an open bar, silent auction, wine pull, live entertainment, and more. All volunteers receive free entry to our event and are encouraged to attend before or after their volunteer shift to enjoy the fun!

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Dorothy Day House: Sunday Prayer & Dinner: Sunday October 6th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm 

Every Sunday we have prayer and a meal together. We provide the plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, and water. Volunteer to bring a meal for the three families living in one of our DDH Transitional Houses! We just ask you to bring enough food for the families and yourself so that we can all sit down at one of our dining tables and fellowship together. Drinks and Dessert are optional but appreciated. 

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Pink Palace Museum: Crafts Fair: Multiple shifts available from Friday October 11th through Sunday October 13th 

Come out and volunteers at one of the best outdoor volunteer events in the city.  The Pink Palace Crafts Fair is the largest fundraising event for the Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums. This is a great volunteer event for groups, families, and individuals. Volunteers can sign up for 4-hour shifts and after your shift is over stay and enjoy live music, great food, and a unique shopping experience. Volunteers receive a free Crafts Fair t-shirt and free admission for the day.

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Community Alliance for the Homeless, Inc: Project Homeless Connect Memphis 2019: Shifts available Wednesday October 16th through Thursday October 17th 

Project Homeless Connect – Memphis places services and resources that are needed to exit homelessness under one roof. During this annual event, city agencies, service providers, community partners, and volunteers will come together to create a “one-stop shop” for individuals experiencing homelessness. Volunteers are needed to set up, break down, help clients navigate the tent, and more. 

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American Cancer Society: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: Load the Truck: Friday October 18th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm 

Our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is on Sunday, Oct. 20 and we need help loading our package truck with all the supplies. Ideal volunteers will be able to walk up and down stairs and lift 10-15lbs. Snacks and water will be provided, and each volunteer will receive a thank you gift!

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 Memphis Botanic Garden: Harvest Festival: Tuesday October 22nd from 9:30am to 12:30pm. 

Students and their teachers will be treated to some old-fashioned fun in the Garden! The gusts will make some traditional harvest crafts including cider making, pumpkin painting and corn husk flowers. Discovery stations teach fun facts about fruit and vegetables, honey making, and seed dispersal. Volunteers will assist staff in guiding groups of students and teachers through activities designed to educate!

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St. Jude Children’s Hospital: Read to me at St. Jude: Thursday October 24th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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! Please do not bring children or attend if you are under the weather due to the spread of common cold and flu. Closed toed shoes and appropriate clothing (i.e. no t-shirts advertising alcohol, etc.) are required. Please do not wear strong fragrance. You must be at least 18 to participate in this project.

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Wolf River Conservancy: Clean up with Wolf River: Saturday October 26th from 10:00am to 12:00pm 

Join us at the Raleigh Lagrange Road trailhead of the Wolf River Greenway to help beautify the street and trail.  We will remove invasive plant species along with tires and litter to make the trailhead street parking more attractive.  These activities will aid in activating this 1.5-mile trail segment of the Wolf River Greenway, which is one of the prettiest sections of trail in Shelby County. Our priority will be improving the trailhead, but – depending on the number of volunteers – we may also install 2-4 nest boxes for birds along the trail.

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Urban Bicycle Food Ministry: Wednesday Night Burrito Ride: Wednesday October 30th from 7:30am to 930am

Join us for our Saturday morning 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 ride the streets of downtown Memphis seeking out the homeless and hungry and distribute necessities like water and food (especially burritos). We also give out supplies based on the season: gloves and blankets in the winter, extra water and bug spray in the summer.

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Neighborhood Christian Centers: Annual Trunk or Treat Event: Thursday October 31st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

We are looking for Volunteers to decorate their trunk, tailgate or hatchback and provide candy for all of our “Treaters” at our upcoming Trunk or Treat Event.  Decorate your trunk any way you wish, just nothing spooky or gruesome.  There will be a prize for the best-decorated trunk, so be creative. We anticipate 600-700 children, so please come equipped with enough treats to pass out.  More details available upon signup.  We look forward to having you join us as we continue to show love for this community.

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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

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