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10 Ways To Give Back In Memphis This Month (January 2020)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 5th 2021 1090 0

Ed. Note: What better way to begin a fresh ‘n’ clean new year than to give your time and talents to help your fellow Memphians? Volunteer Odyssey has put together this list of local groups that need your help this month. 


As we tip-toe into the new year, we invite you to leave a mark on your community by volunteering this month. We might be wary of setting resolutions, but we are determined to make this year better than the last and are encouraged by the countless volunteers we see committed to serving Memphis. Join us. 

There are lots of ways to show Memphis love, and we have ten more for you. Check out our suggestions below or view a complete list of volunteer opportunities at http://serve.volunteerodyssey.com.

Volunteering In Memphis: Ways to Volunteer

Nine Ways to Love Memphis this New Year:

  • Spay Memphis, Curbside Check-In Volunteer, Daily Openings

Join Spay Memphis as they offer spay and neutering services. Volunteers are needed to check folks in and out, which now takes place curbside. The check-in volunteer will be responsible for greeting clients as they arrive to drop off their pets. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask (which will be provided unless the volunteer prefers to wear their own) during their time at our clinic. This is a rain or shine outdoor volunteer activity. 

Choose your shift here! 

  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Mission, January 11th from 8:30am to 11:30am 

Join the St. Vincent de Paul Food Mission as they serve neighbors experiencing hunger every day of the week. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and plate the hot food served. Other tasks, such as unpacking and sorting food products, may be needed to ensure that each guest receives a quality meal. 

Sign up to serve here! 

  • Cherokee Health Systems, Community COVID-19 Testing Volunteer, January 12th from 9:00am to 11:00am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm 

Give back to two Memphis Communities as Cherokee Health Systems offers COVID-19 testing to anyone who needs it. Volunteers are needed to assist with paperwork, packing swab kits, taking information, and other tasks to ensure the drive-through testing runs smoothly and safely. Protective gear will be worn at all times. 

Register for your shift here! 

  • Catholic Charities of West TN, Mobile Food Pantry, January 18th from 8:30am to 11:00am

CCWTN still needs the help of volunteers every day and they have made many adjustments to 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!

  • Mid-South Food Bank, Food Sorting and Packing Volunteer, January 19th from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Join the Mid-South Food Bank in their warehouse as you work to sort and pack food products to be distributed to food pantries, food distributions, or quarantined individuals. Their vast daily operations working to alleviate hunger throughout the Memphis area is possible with the help of volunteers. 

Sign up for your shift here! 

  • Memphis Rox Community Clothing Closet, January 20th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Volunteers are needed to help the Memphis Rox staff provide common household items from our Community Closet, offered at a reduced cost to local community members. Volunteer tasks include back of house stocking and cleaning, sorting through donations, hanging up clothes, and counting items for inventory. 

See more and sign up here!

  • Memphis Botanic Garden, Garden Volunteer, Open Opportunities

The Memphis Botanic Garden has a variety of opportunities to give back to their expansive gardens. With opportunities like volunteering in their herb garden, working on their tree team, or volunteering with their chicken crew, there is something for everyone, no matter how green your thumb. 

Find an opportunity for you here! 

  • Memphis Rox, Neighborhood Lunch Program, January 29th from 11:00am to 2:00pm 

Join Memphis Rox as they serve the Soulsville community by implementing a free bag lunch program to help distribute food options during the pandemic. They invite one (1) volunteer each day to help assist in the distribution of the bag lunches. Social distancing and face mask requirements are to be strictly enforced.

Register here! 

  • St. Vincent de Paul Care Kits, remote

Build care kits for neighbors experiencing hunger and homelessness served daily by the St. Vincent de Paul food mission. For a list of products to donate and drop-off information, email dannon@volunteerodyssey.com.  


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

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