10 Ways To Love and Serve Memphis In September: Volunteer Ideas

12 Ways To Love and Serve Memphis In October: Volunteer Ideas

Volunteer Odyssey has put together this list of local groups that need your help this month. 

As we step into fall and catch our breath, consider giving some of your time to our local nonprofits working to educate, feed, and house our neighbors.

Here are 12 ways to serve this October. We hope you pick an opportunity or two that speaks to you. We hope to see you out there! For a complete list of volunteer opportunities, visit serve.volunteerodyssey.com.

volunteer tent at outdoor concert
Volunteers are essential to the free concert series at the Levitt Shell

1. Memphis Botanic Garden, Fall Plant Sale, October 7th from 9:00 to 2:30

The Fall Plant Sale is an opportunity for guests to shop from a variety of plants, trees, shrubs and edibles propagated in our own nursery and greenhouse. These selections are ideal for our regional growing conditions, and are grown for their hardiness, adaptability, and unique characteristics. Volunteers will assist with greeting guests, helping guests box up plants, and collecting shopping carts, and more!

Sign up here!

2. MIFA, Delivery Drivers, Monday through Wednesdays, 9:00 to 12:00

MIFA has an urgent need for volunteer drivers this month! MIFA works to support the independence of vulnerable seniors and families in crisis through high-impact programs. Come spend an hour or two delivering hot lunches to homebound seniors on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays. Our new mobile app streamlines the process, allowing for more time to interact with seniors on your route!

Sign up here!

3. Boys and Girls Club Golf Classic, October 11th and 12th from 11:00 to 5:00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis will host their 24th annual Golf Classic on Monday, October 11th and Tuesday, October 12th. Though the event will look different this year, 100% of proceeds still go to the programming and services provided to 4,500 at-risk youth in our community every year. We are seeking a limited number of volunteers each day between the times of 12pm-5pm to assist with registration, serving lunch, and as course assistants.

Sign up here!

4. Habitat ReStore Virtual Orientation, October 12th from 4:00 to 5:00

The first step to volunteering with the Habitat ReStore, is attending a virtual orientation. During this training, you learn more about Habitat for Humanity, the ReStore, and the impact your time will have on their mission of ensuring everyone has a decent place to live. With a variety of opportunities to choose from, there is something for everyone at the ReStore.

Sign up here!

5. Pinecrest Camp, Trail Maintenance Mondays, October 18th from 10:00 to 2:00

Join Pinecrest Camp in the perfect socially-distanced volunteer opportunity this fall. They are smoothing trails, creating new trails, clearing up and restoring old trails, removing invasive plants and restoring wetlands around campus. They can supply some tools, or you bring your own loppers, trimmers, rake, or shovel. This is a great opportunity to spend time in nature and give back.

Sign up here!

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doggo
Memphis Animal Services
Local volunteer working with a pup

6. Metal Museum, Repair Days 2021, October 21st through 24th with various shifts

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore serves as a daily fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis- with all of the proceeds going toward their vision of providing decent housing for all. They need volunteers to assist in their warehouse with sorting donations, unpacking shipments, stocking the floor and more. 

Sign up here!

 

7. Youth Villages 5k and 10Miler, October 23rd with various shifts

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore serves as a daily fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis- with all of the proceeds going toward their vision of providing decent housing for all. They need volunteers to assist in their warehouse with sorting donations, unpacking shipments, stocking the floor and more. 

Sign up here!

 

8. Catholic Charities, Food Box Distribution, October 23rd from 8:30 to 12:00

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee is partnering with UT/TSU Extension to present the Frayser Drive –Thru Health Fair Saturday, October 23. This event will be held from 9:00am-1:00pm at Frayser Community Center located at 2555 St. Elmo Avenue, Memphis, TN 38127. Catholic Charities will be providing Family Food Boxes to anyone in need. Volunteer roles will include data collection, loading food boxes into cars and assisting with traffic direction near our spot as needed. 

Sign up here!

9. Memphis Rox, Soulsville Community Closet, October 26th from 11:00 to 2:00

Memphis Rox is asking for volunteers to help assist with the operations of our Soulsville Community Closet. The closet is open one day a week, on Tuesdays from 10am-1pm, and offers all products up to 50% off retail price. We ask that volunteers come help assist customers with their shopping needs such as assistance with carrying or bagging purchased products. This event is hosted indoors and masks are required. Policies have been implemented to ensure a limited number of customers are in the store at a single given time and adhere to suggested CDC guidelines.

Sign up here!

man petting a rescue dog
Chandu Pentakota volunteering at Memphis Animal Services, picture courtesy of MAS
woman in blue shirt holding sign that says Drive Thru Food Pantry
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Dr. Sarah Petschonek of Volunteer Odyssey serving at Catholic Charities of West TN

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