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11 Ways To Give Back to Memphis This Month (June 2020)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 29th 2020 1372 0

Feeling a little hopeless or helpless? Take some action with these eleven creative (and safe) ways to volunteer in Memphis this month, brought to us by our friends at Volunteer Odyssey. Volunteer Odyssey matches people and groups with volunteer projects where they can make the most impact.

Photo via the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County. They have received requests for fosters for 56 – THAT’S FIFTY SIX – kittens in the last few weeks. Check out #9 on the list below for details. There are puppies, too.

Here are 11 ways to give back this month:

1. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee: Mobile Food Pantry: Thursday June 4th from 8:30am to 11:00am (repeats every Monday through Thurs) 

We have made many adjustments due to the Coronavirus to help ensure your safety and the health and safety of those we serve. I wanted to let you know that our new hours for this service opportunity are 8:30 am- 11 am possibly ending sooner. Volunteer check-in will take place daily at 8:30 am under the large white tent in the parking lot behind our main building and distribution will begin at 9 am.

Sign-up here

2. Volunteer Odyssey: Virtual Volunteer Day: Friday June 5th from 9:00am to 6:00pm

On Friday, June 5th, you can make a difference from a distance! We’re going live on our Facebook page at the beginning of each hour so you can meet our nonprofit partners and learn how to help from the comfort of your own home. They’ll walk you through each short project to explain how you can make a difference with things you already have on hand.  Along the way, share your impact through social media using #VolunteerOdyssey so we can see your great work and give out some great prizes at the end of the day. 

Sign-up here

3. Wolf River Conservancy: Cycle the Greenway: Saturday June 6th 6:00am to 1:00pm (multiple shifts available) 

Cycle the Greenway Presented by Jim Keras Subaru. We need volunteers to help us with registration, refreshments, traffic control, and more. 

Sign-up here

4. Dorothy Day House: Sunday Dinner and Prayer: Sunday June 7th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm (repeats every Sunday)

Volunteer to bring a meal for the three families living in one of our 3 DDH Transitional Houses!
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are still hosting meals at our houses for the families right now, to keep the schedule regular. No volunteers will be able to stay for prayer or dinner. We are asking instead of staying for prayer and dinner that meals be dropped off or ordered straight to the house during the “social distancing” precautions. 

Sign-up here

5. MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies: Virtual New Mentor Training: Tuesday June 9th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm 

MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies’ Training Institute provides best-in-class training to mentors and mentor programs so that they are equipped to improve student outcomes. This new mentor training starts the process to prepare mentors with the needed tools and skills to mentor and work with the youth within our youth mentoring network. This training is open to anyone interested in becoming a volunteer youth mentor. After completing training, MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies will connect you to a quality youth mentoring program.

Sign-up here

6. Catholic Charities of West Tennessee: Food Box Assembly: Thursday June 11th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (repeats every Tuesday and Thursday)

We are working out of the Nenon building at St. Anne Highland putting together food boxes for families in need. Please dress comfortably in closed toed shoes, gloves provided, and we are asking volunteers to bring their own face covering/mask.

Sign-up here

7. 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.

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8. 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

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9. 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 amoore@memphishumane.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.

Sign-up here

10. 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!

Sign-up here

11. Spreading Sunshine: Send Sunshine

Use your creativity to help create handmade 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. 

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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.

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