Day 1: We will Rock You!

Hey now, it's the Memphis train!

Rock for Love to Benefit the Church Health Center  was my introduction to Volunteer Odyssey.  I wondered what to expect as I prepped for my day of supervising the children’s play area; then I thought of my countless previous volunteer experiences.  I knew that going in prepared to experience, learn and share was the best preparation for my day.  Upon my arrival set-up and sound check was taking place.   The day would be full of performances by Memphis musicians, including Idle&Wild, Knowledge Nick with Chinese Connection Dub Embassy and River City Tanlines.  Some of the artists utilize the services of Church Health Center. I found Jerica Sandifer, CHC Development Scholar; she had been my point of contact for my Odyssey with her non-profit.  I then changed into my volunteer t-shirt to get my day started.  With that change, I instantly … Continue reading

Prelude: I see every ending as a new beginning.

Joie de vivre!

Greetings I’m Cristalynne Dupree or Crista.  I’m a Memphis “re-transplant” by choice because I admire the city’s drive for success.  I previously lived in Memphis, several years ago.  At that time, I was Marketing Administrative Assistant at Wolfchase Galleria.  Here I planned our annual Evening of Giving, bringing together Memphis non-profits in fundraising efforts, raising over $20,000.  Still, I continued to volunteer at the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM), my first job after initially moving to the city. I was involved in a traumatic automobile accident, tearing me away from Memphis to be under the care of family, in Jackson, TN.  Memphis remained in my heart, as my family ensured that I continued my physical therapy in Memphis, traveling between cities. In addition to my full-time job in Jackson as an Admissions Counselor and Recruiter for Lane College – I … Continue reading