Prelude: James O’Toole

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” It’s strange how this quote from Socrates popped into my head as I sat down to write the prelude to my Volunteer Odyssey week. My college Philosophy professors would be so pleased that I remembered this quote from my days at CBU many, MANY years ago! I’m not sure what made me think of it, but after I reflected for a bit, I thought it was quite appropriate. I have had a lot of time recently to examine my life, and through much discernment, came to the conclusion that it was time for a change. After being laid off from a successful career spanning over 27 years with a marketing services company, I decided to take the opportunity to move back to my hometown of Memphis, and work on a career change. While I was grateful for my experience in the corporate world, … Continue reading

Visiting volunteers use Volunteer Odyssey Calendar to connect with Memphis

  Sometimes, when you’re traveling, the best way to get to know the city you’re visiting is to volunteer.  And that’s exactly what one group from Utah did this July while visiting Memphis. They found their experience through Volunteer Odyssey’s Calendar of Volunteer Opportunities on our website.  It lists hundreds of opportunities across the cities, seven days a week, at all times of the day. Through our calendar, this group found the perfect volunteer opportunity at Catholic Charities of West Tennessee. Christine Hash, Manager of Social Enterprises and Community Engagement, said the group was looking for a way to connect while in Memphis and the calendar helped them find the perfect opportunity. This group of volunteers from Utah found their perfect volunteer opportunity in Memphis using Volunteer Odyssey’s Calendar of Volunteer Opportunities. They spent the day volunteering with one of … Continue reading