“I can’t wait to come back – I already told them that!”
DeVante Woodson volunteered for the first time at the Carpenter Art Garden for Thanksgiving.
DeVante is a writer for Choose901 and that’s how he found this opportunity. His supervisor, Amanda hill, told him about Volunteer Odyssey’s calendar. Next thing you know, he’s signed up to volunteer at the Carpenter Art Garden.
When he pulled up to the garden, he wasn’t sure what to expect. The house is bright purple and adorned with the kids’ artwork. And when he walked up? “I was almost overwhelmed by how welcoming and friendly everyone was. Every person I met was incredibly genuine and you could tell they really care about the kids. All of the adults knew every kid by name.”
DeVante’s role for the day? Slicing pumpkin pie. How easy is that? It was easy for DeVante, but it made a huge difference to the kids – many of whom have never had a traditional Thanksgiving celebration before.
The Carpenter Art Garden gained a great new volunteer. In addition to being an expert pie slicer, DeVante is also a talented artist. He’s planning to take his skills from Designs by DeVante and apply them at the garden.
We love this sentiment from DeVante: “I wanted to take the things I love about my family and give them to someone else.” Big bowtie and big heart!
Would you like to volunteer at the Carpenter Art Garden? Here are their upcoming opportunities.
Would you like to know more about Volunteer Odyssey and how you can make your mark on Memphis? Come volunteer with us! Sign up for our newsletter or join us for our Pop Up Volunteer Parties.
Pop In & Volunteer at a Pop Up Volunteer Party. It’s the fastest, easiest way to Volunteer in Memphis.
Pop in on your lunch break. Visit us on your way to the Grizzlies game or join us for happy hour! Here’s a great way to volunteer and give back to Memphis.
We have volunteer projects as short as 101 seconds.
Join us for Pop Up Volunteer Parties presented by CBIZ MHM at The 101 on South Main:
- Monday, November 21st from 11-2pm
- Tuesday, November 29th from 11-2pm
- Tuesday, November 29th from 5-8pm
- Tuesday, December 6th from 5-8pm
Volunteer on your Lunch Break:
Pop in on November 21st and 29th from 11:00-2:00 – we have volunteer projects as short as 101 seconds. Make holiday card, care packages, or wrap gifts.
Volunteer during Happy Hour:
Pop in November 29th (GivingTuesday) and December 6th when you’re leaving work on your way to a Grizzlies game. We’ll even throw in some beer and food while you volunteer. Memphis, we know you love beer & food!
On #GivingTuesday (November 29th), we have 901 Rocks! We’re partnering with the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence to host 901 Rocks Painting Party. On the 29th from 11-2pm or 5-8pm, pop in and paint a rock for your favorite non-profit. These rocks will then be hidden in Memphis for volunteers to find.
What to Expect:
- Selfie station in front our our “Make your Mark” wall sponsored by First Tennessee
- I Love Memphis will be on site taking pictures and selling t-shirts.
- Memphis themed volunteer projects with 901 Rocks, Carpenter Art Garden, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Catholic Charities, and LITE Memphis just to name a few.
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It’s free. It’s fun. RSVP today: http://www.volunteer901.eventbrite.com
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