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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | November 20th 2019 535 0

Volunteer Odyssey is back with another super fun list of ways to give back to Memphis this month! Check out these 10 ideas as we slide into the holiday season.

Holiday Wonders at the Garden. 

1. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis: ReStore Volunteer Blitz Night: Monday December 2 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm: 

Come spend a fun night at the ReStore! We need your help to fill our sales floor with some awesome new product to kick start the new month! Please contact ReStore Donor and Volunteer Specialist Madeline Thornton at mthornton@memphishabitat.com or 901-322-3528 if you have any questions.

Sign up here!

2. Memphis Botanic Garden: Holiday Wonders at the Garden: Friday December 6th  from 4:30pm to 8:30pm 

Holiday Wonders at the Garden is designed to give everyone in the family a chance to enjoy the winter weather and celebrate the holiday season with light displays and seasonal activities. Volunteers will help create a fun holiday environment! They will assist with scanning tickets, running activities, directing guests to where they need to go, and other tasks as needed. Volunteers will be fully trained prior to guests arriving! This will be a great way to spread some holiday cheer while also helping out! Festive clothes are welcome- just be sure to dress warmly as this event is outdoors!

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3. Memphis Rox: Sousville Neighborhood Cleanup with Memphis City Beautiful: Saturday December 7th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

We have partnered with Memphis City Beautiful for our monthly Soulsville neighborhood cleanup. This is a great way to give back to the community we serve at Memphis Rox. Volunteers will meet at Memphis Rox, and we will disperse from there. We will provide all necessary materials for the cleanup, including trash bags, gloves, high-visibility vests, and water. Participants should wear close-toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. All cleanups will occur in any weather, unless it is storming. Please feel free to stay for as much of the cleanup as you are able.

Sign up here! 

4. Carpenter Art Garden: Bike Parade: Tuesday December 10th from 2:45pm to 5:00pm

Come join us for our annual bike parade! Students will decorate bikes and a trailer bed and parade through the Binghampton neighborhood! Volunteer will help greet the kids, and monitor the parade. We can’t wait to see you there!

Sign up here! 

5. Soulfull Memphis Operation: Christmas Basket Volunteers: Saturday December 14th Multiple Shifts Available

This community event organized for the purpose of sharing the joy of the holiday season with thousands of seniors and needy families through the gift of a holiday food basket. You will be assembling large boxes of canned, packaged, and fresh food along a conveyor. There are nearly 30 items going into each box so teams will be organized around each item as well as those loading the baskets into recipient’s cars. There will be a brief orientation at the beginning of each shift. 

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6. Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County: KPAW Volunteers: Wednesday December 18th Multiple Shifts Available 

The Humane Society of Memphis saves hundreds of cats & dogs each year from the streets. The animals here are treated with dignity, love, and respect. KPAW Volunteer must attended a brief KPAW Orientation. Each shift is one hour long and volunteer would be helping with cat care, laundry, cleaning, and more. 

Sign up here! 

7. Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy: New Volunteer Orientation and Training: Saturday December 21st from 3:00pm to 5:30pm 

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is hosting a New Volunteer Orientation and Training for individuals who would like to join our volunteer team as a weekly volunteer in our adaptive riding program serving adults and children with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities.

Sign up here! 

8. Room In The Inn: Guest Hospitality Volunteer: Monday December 23rd from 4:00pm to 5:30pm 

Though other duties might arise, the main focus for volunteers is to visit with our guests to help them feel welcome. Volunteers will be in the room with guests while staff handle administrative duties. Your help is central to our mission of “holy hospitality” – having people present to listen to and talk with our guests during their wait helps them know this is a place where they are safe, welcome, and treated with respect. Thank you for helping us serve our guests in such an important way!

Sign up here! 

9. Urban Bicycle Food Ministry: Wednesday Night Burrito Ride: Wednesday December 25th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm 

Join us for our 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). We also give out supplies based on the season: gloves and blankets in the winter, extra water and bug spray in the summer.

Sign up here!

10. Lucy J’s Bakery: Storefront Volunteers: Friday December 27th Multiple Shifts Available 

Come spend some time with the Lucy J’s team at the bakery! Volunteers will be assisting with sales, serving customers, and prepping baked goods. The days of operation are Monday through Saturday. Volunteers will wear Dorothy Day House shirts. We will provide you with one, if needed. A short orientation will take place in the bakery at the top of your first shift.

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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