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 everyone! It’s me again! Today I went with our director, Sarah Petschonek, to “The House” of Orange Mound!       “The House” is a branch of the Neighborhood Christian Center that helps stabilize and revitalize women in the Orange Mound area.       Sarah helped out by teaching a cooking class! It was … Continue reading

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! 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!       All this land takes a lot of work, so they rely on volunteers like you to keep … Continue reading

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.    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.     Due to privacy policy, I was not able to show the families receiving the food, but they were the highlight of this … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. Today I helped pack bags of produce that are going to a nearby hospital. These bags will help staff, families, and patients have better access to fresh and local food while helping over 30 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. 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. 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. Thursday … Continue reading

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.  

Epilogue

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The past week has been a great experience. I have met many people, made friends, and experienced new things in my city like never before. I have visited seven incredible organizations: Church Health, Carpenter Art Garden, Hope House, Memphis Animal Services, Botanic Gardens, Shelby Farms Garden, and Dorothy Day House. During the week my eyes were opened to so many new things-an art garden for children looking for a creative outlet after school, a home for homeless families, an affordable way to stay fit and healthy, and many other things. I have found compassion, hope, and understanding within new areas of my community. My eyes have also been opened to the many different possibilities that are available for me to serve. Sarah and Caroline created the perfect week for me to feel at home and be able to thrive. Working … Continue reading