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 me to the soul of the city. Hours spent working under the sun in Shelby forest gave me a picturesque sense of a hard days work in the Mid South. The spirit of southern hospitality was embodied in everyone I worked with throughout the week. It was a lot to take in a week, but I appreciate the cultural submersion I received.

My friend’s visit was a success and I’m convinced I could pass has a full-fledged Memphian (I hope to erase the biggest blemish on my Memphis resident resume by attending a Grizzlies game in the up coming season)! After my Volunteer Odyssey week I jumped head first into my job hunt. Job hunts are daunting, but a throw in being new to a city and desperation beings to creep in. The resources and community I received with Volunteer Odyssey gave me the confidence and determination to achieve my goal of landing a job with a small local business. Next week I’ll start at Quality Incentive Company and couldn’t be more excited for my next adventure in Memphis!


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How to improve Volunteer Odyssey? Kid President!!!

In case you’re wondering, Kid President doesn’t wear a suit on the moon bounce.

When our blogger Crista Dupree starting her Volunteer Odyssey experience, she met one of our favorite people – Kid President!

Crista just started her 7-day adventure with us and was volunteering at the Memphis Grizzlies Moon Bounce as part of Rock for Love at the Church Health Center. So many of our favorite things in one place.

While volunteering, Crista was lucky enough to be photobombed by Kid President! That’s the best kind of photobomb we can think of!

Because as Kid President would say, Make the World More Awesome! And then hop on the moon bounce!



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