8 Ways To Give Back To Memphis This Month (October 2020)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 2nd 2020 656 0

‘Fall into volunteerism” this month! Volunteer Odyssey has provided a list of fun, unique ways to volunteer in Memphis right now—with a focus on ways to volunteer while enjoying the outdoors in Memphis.

Overton Park Old Forest

Volunteer Odyssey matches people and groups with volunteer projects where they can make the most impact.

Here are eight ways to volunteer in Memphis this month (or anytime!)

But first, a quick note from Dannon Eubanks at V.O.:

Volunteering This Fall In Memphis

October seems to both have snuck up on us and taken forever to get here. As the weather gets cooler, we’re striving to experience more time outdoors. As it gets dark earlier, we also have to be strategic in maximizing our time.

Volunteering outdoors is the best of both, enjoying the October breeze while creating lasting impacts and memories within our communities. And for the days that time slips away from us, we have a few new remote opportunities that can be completed anytime, anywhere.

Visit https://serve.volunteerodyssey.com for more. 

Ways To Volunteer Outdoors In Memphis

1. Herbal Work Study, Memphis Botanic Garden: October 10th from 8:00am to 11:30am
Spend three hours outside with the Botanic Garden weeding, grooming, thinning, planting, and anything else needed in the Herb Garden. Participants will learn how to make herbal balms as they work. Masks are required while in a building on the property and social distancing will be enforced while working. Get outdoors and give back to the garden.  

Sign up here! 

2. Volunteering in the St. Paul Garden, Memphis Tilth: October 14th from 8:00am to 12:00pm
Join Memphis Tilth in their mission of cultivating collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. You can join in their work at the St. Paul Garden as you clean, water, and plant in the garden.

This is a wonderful opportunity to practice a hobby you love or learn a new skill as you help the community have access to healthful foods. Volunteers must attend a 30-minute virtual orientation before registering.

Sign up here! 

3. Neighborhood Clean-Up, Memphis Rox: October 17th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Memphis Rox is hosting their Soulsville Neighborhood Volunteer Cleanup. This is a great way to give back to the community served at Memphis Rox. Volunteers will meet at Memphis Rox and will disperse from there once given 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. Social distancing will be enforced and face masks will be required. 

Sign up here! 

4. Catholic Charities of West TN: Mobile Food Pantry: October 19th from 8:30am to 11:00am
We still need the help of volunteers every day and have made many adjustments due to the COVID-19 to help ensure your safety and the health and safety of those we serve. Volunteers are needed to help us direct traffic and distribute food to our neighbors in need.

As a volunteer, you will be working outside under a tent serving boxes of food in a mobile food distribution in our parking lot. Gloves are provided and social distancing is enforced. We ask that volunteers bring their own face covering/mask.

Sign up here! 

5. Brooks Museum + Caza Teatro Dia de Los Muertos: Reserve Parade: October 24th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm 

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art and Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group are partnering to organize a free, socially distanced 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors friends and family members who have died.

The mission of the Memphis event is twofold: to preserve and communicate the cultural heritage of Dia de los Muertos and to strengthen the cultural identity of Memphis’ Latino community. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will look a little different than it has in recent years. Members of the community will drive through Overton Park to enjoy the costumed performers, music, altars, and other festivities that will be stationed along the parade route – hence the “reverse parade.”

Volunteers are needed to assist with the flow of traffic through the parade and to assist in general safety and efficiency of the event. Tee shirts will be provided for volunteers upon arrival while supplies last. Masks will be required for volunteers. Social distancing and CDC guidelines will be adhered to.

Sign up here! 

6. The Fall Thru, drive through Fall Fest, I Am My Sister’s Keeper: November 1st from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

IAMSK has a mission of alleviate many of the stressors which prevent single mothers from being successful, through the provision of affordable housing, child care, tutoring, and access to healthy meals.

This event is their COVID spin on a fall festival fundraiser! They will be serving pre packaged hot drinks, pastries, and other baked goods. Volunteers are needed to assist in the flow of traffic and keeping the event running smoothly. 

Sign up here!

Volunteering While Social Distancing: Remote opportunities with Room in the Inn:

1. Create a story-telling video, Room in the Inn, ongoing opportunity
Choose a favorite children’s story and create a video reading it aloud. Some of Room in the Inn’s guests include families with young children. These recorded stories will be used as bedtime, snack time, or anytime ‘breaks’ when a child could snuggle up and hear a kind voice reading an engaging tale. Grab your favorite children’s book and give back!

Sign up here! 

2. Write Get Well Letter to Recuperative Care Patients, Room in the Inn: Ongoing Opportunity
During this time, Room in the Inn is offering recuperative care to our guests that have received hospital care and need more time to recover. If you can write a general Get Well Soon card wishing our guest a quick recovery including a nice drawing or some kind words. Get creative and have fun!

Please send these cards to Room in the Inn- Memphis at 212 N Second Street Memphis, TN 38105 and our staff will be sure to deliver the cards to our guests. 

Sign up here! 


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