10 Ways To Give Back to Memphis This Month (April 2020)
(Ed. Note: Volunteer Odyssey has adjusted their monthly guide to giving back to fit our current situation. Please take a look and decide how you’ll show your love for Memphis this month! You can also check out the I Love Memphis Community Resources guide which has funds you can donate to or access.)
From Volunteer Odyssey:
“We want to make sure we’re doing everything we can to provide quality volunteer projects while following the CDC Health & Safety guidelines. For this reason, our focus this month is promoting virtual and remote volunteer opportunities, in-person opportunities that are deemed an “essential service” by Mayor Strickland, and creative ways to share messages of hope.”
“We will get through this, and as we do, Memphis needs you more than ever. Thank you for taking care of our community!”
Here are ways to give back this month:
Catholic Charities of West TN: Mobile Food Pantry: Every Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday from 8:30am to 12:00pm
Our community is in crisis, and the work of Catholic Charities meets a critical need. Our work is needed now more than ever, and we hope you can join us! We are working outside under a tent serving boxes of food in a mobile food distribution in our parking lot at 1325 Jefferson Ave. There is ample social distancing, gloves provided, and the one volunteer that will ask questions of the clients as they pull up in their car, will be provided a face mask.
Hospitality Hub: Meal Drop-offs: Monday through Friday
First Presbyterian Church & Hospitality HUB will continue to serve vulnerable populations in need of food during the COVID-19 outbreak. However, they are in need of packaged lunches. The packaged lunch should consist of a sandwich (no condiments), chips or fruit, non-caffeinated drink or bottled water, and a candy bar or granola bar.
American Red Cross: Donate Blood:
There is an urgent need for blood. If you’re healthy please consider donating blood. For Locations and appointments click here
Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County: Foster a dog or cat
We would love anyone interested in fostering an adult dog or cat to please fill out our new online application or email Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org. We supply all your foster pet’s basic needs: crate, food, leash/collar, and medication if they have any. Most fosters stay at home for two weeks, but this situation could be a little longer. A pet would definitely help make this time seem a little brighter. Plus, fostering does count as volunteer hours for us.
Green Dot Public Schools: Feed our Families
Volunteers are needed to sort and package food when it arrives from the Mid-South Food Bank and to distribute meals to families using a drive through system. Multiple times and locations available. Personal protective equipment is provided.
Memphis Animal Services: Foster a dog
No matter what length of commitment you’re looking for, we can find a match for you. MAS will provide supplies such as food, kennels, etc., as supplies are available. MAS provides all basic medical care for foster pets, and care beyond the basics as resources allow. Interested? Email Bradley (Bradley.Barton@memphistn.gov)
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital: Send a Message of Hope
You can bring a smile to patients and families Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital! Record a video message that we can play on their hospital television station!
Spreading Sunshine: Send Sunshine
Use your creativity to help create hand made cards for children impacted by childhood illness or special needs. These cards will be included in our Sunshine Boxes for children in Memphis and across the United States.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Digital Volunteer
Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. Join 15,409 “volunpeers” to add more to the total 519,597 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens labels that have been collaboratively transcribed and reviewed since June 2013.
Place a teddy bear in your window to brighten someone’s day! Around the US and here in Shelby County, people are spreading hope by placing teddy bears in their windows. Inspired by the children’s book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. Residents are encouraged to drive or walk and count bears they see peeking out the window.
Volunteer Odyssey recognizes that the volunteer needs of our city are constantly changing. Our platform hosts many opportunities to support our local nonprofits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to find the most current needs.