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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Where to Volunteer in Memphis

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Megan_CAG_VO bannerAre you looking for volunteer opportunities in Memphis? You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for something easy that fits your schedule or something meaningful where you can make a big impact, we’re here to help!

Memphis needs dedicated volunteers like YOU! Deliver meals, tutor kids, help homeless families, become a docent, plan special events, respond in a crisis – the opportunities are endless. We’re inviting you to get involved.

Here’s how to get started with Volunteer Odyssey:

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1) Calendar of Volunteer Opportunities
Our calendar has the most comprehensive listing of volunteer opportunities in Memphis. We feature events every day of the week – evenings and weekends included.
Visit the Calendar

2) Virtual Volunteer Fair – Volio
We built and launched the country’s first Virtual Volunteer Fair. Take a 90 second tour of opportunities and find your perfect fit. You’ll meet the volunteer coordinator and hear from other volunteers so you know exactly what to expect.
Visit Volio

3) Find Opportunities On Facebook
We post Memphis-based volunteer opportunities daily! Join our page to get events and stories.
Visit Us on Facebook

4) Get Volunteer Odyssey’s Top Opportunities
Every month we’ll send you a list of 10 featured volunteer opportunities. Be the first to know when we open sign ups for our top picks.
Get Our Top Picks

5) Get a Custom Match
Are you looking for the perfect fit? We can help! We’ll ask you questions about what’s important to you so we can hand-pick a great opportunity. Ready to get started?
Email Caroline@volunteerodyssey.com

If you’re looking for the best places to volunteer in Memphis, we’ve got you covered! Email Caroline@volunteerodyssey.com if you’re ready to start.

It’s time to make your mark on Memphis!

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Home for the Holidays? Volunteer in Memphis!

Volunteer In Memphis over the holidays
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Welcome home to Memphis! Whether you’re home from college or on vacation from work, here are great options for volunteering in Memphis over your break.

Memphis Volunteer Opportunities

IMG_39591) Deliver Meals on Wheels
They need lots of help and you’ll meet amazing people on  your route! Here’s how it works: http://voliovolunteers.com/mifa-meals-on-wheels
You can also email Isaiah directly Isaiah Swanson <iswanson@mifa.org>.
There’s also a Meals on Wheels satellite site in Germantown that you can ask about!
2) Urban Bicycle Food Ministry
This is a great, eye-opening experience. They can make burritos for the homeless AND can deliver the food by bike. It’s a great group and a very rewarding volunteer experience. Here’s how that works: http://voliovolunteers.com/urban-bicycle-food-ministry.
You can also email Lyle directly Lyle Udell <lyle.udell@gmail.com>
3) Dorothy Day House
This amazing place houses three homeless families.  You will meet kids and teens who are homeless (or who would be homeless if not for Dorothy Day House). It’s a wonderful organization and it’s something your family can all do together. Here’s more about them: voliovolunteers.com/dorothy-day-house. You can also email Genevieve directly Genevieve Spears <gspears@dorothydaymemphis.org>
4) Room in the Inn
This organization house homeless guests at congregations around Memphis during the winter months. There are sites all across Memphis. You can help serve dinner, make beds, welcome guests, help with breakfast, etc.
Regardless of your religious beliefs or home congregation, all are welcome to serve at these sites.
Here’s a list of the congregations and when they serve: http://www.roomintheinn-memphis.org/congregational-sites.html
In addition to the contact listed for each site, you can contact Whitney and/or Lisa who oversee Room in the Inn. Their contact info:
Thank you for volunteering in Memphis and making an impact on our community!

More Ways to Volunteer in Memphis

If you want more ways to volunteer, try these things:
1) Visit our Virtual Volunteer Fair, Volio and take a 90 second tour of volunteer opportunities in Memphis: http://voliovolunteers.com/
2) Sign up for our newsletter. Every month you’ll get a list of our 10 featured volunteer opportunities
3) Follow us on Facebook. We’re constantly updating and sharing great opportunities.
4) Need more ideas? Email us!
Volunteer Odyssey in Memphis