Volunteer from Home on Thanksgiving

How to volunteer in MemphisAt Home Volunteer Project

A simple project + interviews with our homeless neighbors.

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. A great way to do that is to meet some people who have experienced homelessness. We’re including their stories here, in their own words so you can hear about the lives. Even though you can’t meet them directly, we hope you find a connection.

You can collect the materials and assemble these bags at your home while watching videos about those who have experienced homelessness in Memphis. You can include as many people as you’d like.

What should these bags include? Things like:

  • Snacks (shelf stable)
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Warm hats
  • Toothbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hand/foot warmers
  • Chap stick
  • Bus passes

Hear the stories:

Listen to Jerry’s story

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Listen to Pat’s story

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Listen to Tarvis’s story

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I hope you found something that resonated with you and challenged how you envision homelessness. I hope you feel inspired to help.

Drop off your gift bags at:

  1. Volunteer Odyssey, 60 South Main, Suite 102, Memphis TN
  2. Contact sarah@volunteerodyssey.com and we’ll connect you to an organization that needs your donation.

Volunteer Year Round

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 tradition for volunteering. Maybe it’s your birthday, a memorial, or your anniversary. Check out Volunteer Odyssey’s VolunteerCompass for ideas throughout the rest of the year.

Do you want to help make the world more awesome? So do we!

At Volunteer Odyssey we believe that everyone can use their special talents to become a volunteer superhero. Whatever your skills or interests, we can help you find a place to make a difference.

Want to get started? Here you go!
1) Discover your ideal place to volunteer using our VolunteerCompass
2) We want to hear from you! Email sarah@volunteerodyssey.com

Like our work? Keep it going!

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Teach a Cooking Class | Volunteer with Neighborhood Christian Center

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Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today!


Join Alexis on her vlogging tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Up today:Alexis went with the director of Volunteer Odyssey, Sarah Petschonek, to “The House” of Orange Mound on Carnes Ave.

Volunteer Odyssey’s Vlog-unteering series will have a new video each week so you can learn about great organizations in Memphis where you can volunteer. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!


 

 

 

Hey everyonScreen Shot 2017-07-06 at 4.28.36 PMe! It’s me again! Today I went with our director, Sarah Petschonek, to “The House” of Orange Mound!

 

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“The House” is a branch of the Neighborhood Christian Center that helps stabilize and revitalize women in the Orange Mound area.

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Sarah helped out by teaching a cooking class! It was so much fun learning from Sarah, fellowshipping with the sweet women who attended, and enjoying the delicious food!

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You can volunteer by being a guest chef like Sarah and share your skills and recipes with the women of Orange Mound.

 

As always, you can sign up for these great opportunities by going to VolunteerCompass.com


 

Pick a volunteer opportunity with Neighborhood Christian Center and sign up today!

Enjoy Nature’s Beauty | Volunteer with Memphis Botanic Garden

Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today!


Join Alexis on her vlogging tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Up today: Catholic Charities!

Volunteer Odyssey’s Vlog-unteering series will have a new video each week so you can learn about great organizations in Memphis where you can volunteer. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!


 

This week I went to Memphis Botanic Garden and found out they have so many volunteer opportunities!

Volunteering is the backbone of Memphis Botanic Garden.

Volunteering is the backbone of Memphis Botanic Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden was founded over 50 years ago by volunteers; so volunteering is at the heart of what they do. They have 96 acres of land filled with 29 gardens that even include literal flower beds!

Memphis Botanic Garden has 96 acres and 29 gardens

Memphis Botanic Garden has 96 acres and 29 gardens

 

 

 

All this land takes a lot of work, so they rely on volunteers like you to keep up with the many things going on at the garden. They need volunteers to help in the Japanese and Asian Garden, the Butterfly Garden, the Horticulture Room and more.

Their garden include plenty of flower beds—literally!

Their garden include plenty of flower beds—literally!

Don’t know anything about plants? That’s okay! They accept people of all ranges and experiences and are happy to teach you their horticulture wisdom. They also have a lot of other fun activities such as feeding the koi fish!

Volunteer to play with the kiddos at Mudpie Mondays and Adventure Fridays

Volunteer to play with the kiddos at Mudpie Mondays and Adventure Fridays

 

 

 

If you like kids, they need volunteers for their Mudpie Mondays and Adventure Fridays. These activities not only give the kids something fun to do but it’s also an educational experience about the environment and ecosystems.

Memphis Botanic Garden really needs more volunteers for their Sprinkler Day event this Saturday, July 15th

Memphis Botanic Garden really needs more volunteers for their Sprinkler Day event this Saturday, July 15th

Memphis Botanic Garden also needs more volunteers for their Sprinkler Day event which is this Saturday, July 15th!

Memphis Botanic Garden needs regular volunteers for their Butterfly Garden

Memphis Botanic Garden needs regular volunteers for their Butterfly Garden

 

 

 

 

As you can see, Memphis Botanic Gardens is absolutely gorgeous! So if you want to sign up for any of these fun volunteer opportunities—you know what to do! Go to volunteercompass.com


Pick a volunteer opportunity with Memphis Botanic Garden and sign up today!​

Feed the Hungry | Volunteer with Catholic Charities

Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today!


Join Alexis on her vlogging tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Up today: Catholic Charities!

Volunteer Odyssey’s Vlog-unteering series will have a new video each week so you can learn about great organizations in Memphis where you can volunteer. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!


 

Hey guys! So today I went to the Fig Tree Food Pantry to help Catholic Charities pass out food to those in need. 

Volunteer Opportunity Memphis Feed Hungry

 

Here they not only help feed the homeless with packs of non-perishable food items, but they also supply groceries to hard working families who are trying to get on their feet.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Memphis Feed Homeless

 

Due to privacy policy, I was not able to show the families receiving the food, but they were the highlight of this opportunity. They were all so friendly and grateful for the food.

 

Volunteer Opportunity Memphis Catholic Charities

 

Catholic Charities needs people like you to help pack the bags of groceries for these families. If you’d like to help out or if you’re interested in the other opportunities at Catholic Charities go to VolunteerCompass.com

 

 


 

Pick a volunteer opportunity with Catholic Charities and sign up today!

 

 

 

Volunteer at VolunCheers, our monthly volunteer happy hour!

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Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today! 


Join Alexis on her vlogging tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Up today: our very own, VolunCheers benefitting Shelby Farms Park!

Volunteer Odyssey’s Vlog-unteering series will have a new video each week, so you can learn about great organizations in Memphis where you can volunteer. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!


 

Hey guys!

Oftentimes we spend so much money going to dinner or grabbing drinks with our friends, but with this activity you can spend time with your friends, get free drinks and snacks, AND help out your community! For this event I brought my husband along and we had a great time spending time together while also helping out the great organization, Shelby Farms.

At this VolunCheers we made American flag pins to help Shelby Farms prepare for their upcoming Star-Spangled Celebration! This is an Independence Day celebration, taking place on July 1st, that will include an all-day music line up, family-friendly activities, and Tennessee’s largest laser show!

If you want to go to the next VolunCheers event or volunteer in another way, go to VolunteerCompass.com!

Give Back with Burritos and a Bicycle | Volunteer with Urban Bicycle Food Ministry

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Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today!


Join Alexis on her vlogging tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Up today: Urban Bicycle Food Ministry!

Volunteer Odyssey’s Vlog-unteering series will have a new video each week so you can learn about great organizations in Memphis where you can volunteer. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!


 

I went to Urban Bicycle Food Ministry (UBFM)  last Saturday morning to help them make breakfast burritos! UBFM takes these burritos along with other drinks and snacks on a bike ride down Main Street where they hand them out to homeless people. What was most amazing about this group is they not only provide the homeless with a meal, but also make it a point to provide companionship. Most people who are homeless get ignored all day and have no family or friends to rely on, so UBFM tries their best to take the time to listen and talk with these people in need.

While this group does meet at First United Methodist Church, the participants come from all different backgrounds. UBFM meets every Wednesday night and Saturday morning. You can help out by making burritos, going on the bike rides, or both! Be sure to sign up for this great event by going to VolunteerCompass.com!

Revolutionize our Food System | Volunteer with Memphis Tilth

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Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today!


Join Alexis on her vlogging tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. Up today: Memphis Tilth!

Volunteer Odyssey’s Vlog-unteering series will have a new video each week so you can learn about great organizations in Memphis where you can volunteer. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!



Hey everyone! Today I volunteered at Memphis Tilth. Memphis Tilth an organization that promotes community development, increases access to local foods, and strengthens farmer livelihoods. Tilth is an English word that means the quality of soil and the cultivation of wisdom and spirit.

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I had such a great time volunteering at Memphis Tilth! Everyone was very kind and passionate about what they do. I even met two other Volunteer Odyssey volunteers!Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 10.44.08 PM
Memphis Tilth has under 10 employees so they really need volunteers like you to help them revolutionize the food system. To sign up or look for other volunteer opportunities go to VolunteerCompass.com. I know I’ll definitely be back!


Pick a volunteer opportunity with Memphis Tilth and sign up today!

 

 

Announcing our new VLOGunteer Series!

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Discover your perfect place to volunteer in Memphis. Visit our VolunteerCompass and start today!


Volunteer Odyssey is proud to introduce our new Vlog-unteering series where each week you will be able to learn about great organizations where you can volunteer in Memphis. Our vlogger, Alexis Lynn, is excited to share her journey with you!

Meet Alexis:

Hey everyone! My name is Alexis Lynn and I’m going to be vlogging for Volunteer Odyssey to show you what it’s like to volunteer at different non-profits across Memphis. I just moved to the city and thought this was a great way to get involved in the community and learn my way around Memphis. Check out my first vlog to see how to get involved in Memphis and hear all the fun places I’ll be volunteering this summer.

If you’d like to volunteer along with me, visit volunteercompass.com to get started. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Join Us for Memphis Volunteer Week

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Make Your Mark during Memphis Volunteer Week

Join us April 24th – 30th for Memphis Volunteer Week. Come to one thing or come to everything! We’ll be making burritos, hosting a Pop Up Volunteer Party, making flower bouquets for seniors, reading to kids, and more. Choose your adventure and we’ll see you there.

Schedule of Volunteer Events

Monday | April 24th
Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Event: Bouquets of Hope with Catholic Charities
Description: Create bundles of flowers for seniors in nursing homes.
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Tuesday | April 25th
Time: 8:30 am – 12:45 pm
Event: World of Plants with Memphis Botanic Garden
Description: Work at a “discovery station” and teach kids about plants around the world.
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Wednesday | April 26th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Event: Burrito Prep with Urban Bicycle Food Ministry
Description: Come make burritos that we’ll deliver by bike to the hungry people in downtown Memphis.
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Thursday | April 27th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Event: Read to Me at St Jude
Description: Read to the kids at St. Jude during your lunch break. Spanish speaker a plus!
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Friday | April 28th
Time: 11:00 – 1:00 (Pop in anytime)
Event: Pop Up Volunteer Party with Volunteer Odyssey
Description: Pop in and volunteer! We have projects as short as 60 seconds.
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Saturday | April 29th
Time: 9:00 am  – 12:00 pm
Event: Shine the Line with Clean Memphis
Description: Beautify a neighborhood. Great for groups!
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Sunday | April 30th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Event: Prayer & Dessert with Dorothy Day House
Description: Everyone welcome! Dorothy Day House keeps homeless families together. Come meet the moms, dads, and kids that are building a future and working towards a new home.
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On-going Volunteer Opportunities

If you can’t join us for one of these, you can still get involved! Here are two great options:

1) Become a Trail Scout with Shelby Farms | Learn more

2) Deliver Meals on Wheels with MIFA | Learn more

Explore All Opportunities

Visit our VolunteerCompass and discover your perfect place to volunteer.

 

Volunteer Odyssey Launches City-wide Volunteer Hub for Memphis

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Today we’re excited to announce VolunteerCompass – a city-wide resource where you can discover your ideal volunteer opportunities in Memphis.

Now you can search by a cause, skill, date and even area of town. It’s easier than ever to make your mark on Memphis. Are you ready to volunteer? Start here!

We’re launching with 10 nonprofit partners and will grow to 60 nonprofits by the end of 2017.

Our VolunteerCompass is also a way for nonprofits to recruit and manage volunteers. With our system, volunteer coordinators can spend less time managing the process and more time engaging volunteers. If you want to include your nonprofit, please email us for an invitation.

Our goal is to log 30,000 volunteer hours by the end of 2017. Join us! Start today.

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