How to help at Thanksgiving

How to volunteer in Memphis

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days of the year to volunteer and many volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving Day fill up far in advance. So what’s a well-meaning Memphian to do? You can still make a difference! Our local outreach agencies need survival kits (also known as gift bags or blessing bags) for the people they serve throughout the year. You can collect the materials at assemble these bags at your home while watching videos about those who have been homeless in Memphis. So what should these bags include? Things like snacks, socks and gloves, toothbrushes and other necessities. Want more ideas? Get instructions and access to these powerful stories on our founder’s blog. Memphis needs your help at Thanksgiving and 364 other days of the year. Pick a day that’s special to you and make that a traditional … Continue reading

Epilogue – Brendan Larkin

When I discovered that I was going have a friend come to visit Memphis just a month after pulling a U-haul up my driveway on Young Avenue I frantically brainstormed how I could entertain him. The frenzy subsided as I realized how well I knew Memphis relative to how long I’ve called this city home. It may sound corny, but because of Volunteer Odyssey and everyone I met during the process I feel connected to Memphis. If I didn’t have my daily blogs to reflect on, I might remember the journey as a dream, blended into one unique experience instead of seven individual days. Regardless of how I look back on my adventure, it will undoubtedly be my first memory of Memphis. The smiles and greetings of the men and women on both sides of the soup kitchen line exposed … Continue reading