Prologue: Heather Murphy

I love lending a helping hand! At family holiday gatherings, where can you find me? In the kitchen, helping the host/hostess prepare, serve and clean up after meals. Every 56 days, where can you find me? At a LifeBlood blood drive donating blood. You’ll also find me at the Memphis International Airport at 6:00 weekend mornings meeting Make-A-Wish families helping them check-in, navigate through security and board the plane for their “amazing wish adventure.” My path to Volunteer Odyssey began a few short weeks ago while attending a Career Transition meeting when the meeting facilitator mentioned Volunteer Odyssey to another attendee. Well, thinking back a bit further, my path to Volunteer Odyssey began earlier. At the end of 2014, after 18 years working with a Fortune 500 manufacturing company headquartered in Memphis, I was laid off. I was devastated. Not … Continue reading

How to Help Fire Victims in East Tennessee


The wildfires in East Tennessee have claimed seven lives and damages homes in the Gaitlinburg area. If you’d like to help, here’s what you can do: First, please do not self-deploy to this area. If you want to help or volunteer, please coordinate those efforts through Volunteer East Tennessee or the Red Cross. One of the biggest needs right now is monetary contributions. Red Cross has asked for a pause on in-kind donations and is requesting financial support. Here are several other ways you can offer support (via The Tennessean): The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has also set up a support fund to distribute donations directly to the affected communities and the nonprofits on the ground helping victims and addressing their needs. Donate here: The Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association and the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association are accepting donations to assist victims. … Continue reading