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

Day 7: Home for the Homeless

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Today, I visited the Dorothy Day House in Midtown for my final day of volunteering. This small organization is the only one in Memphis that takes homeless families and keeps them together. The house currently can house three families at a time. They are expanding, and in the process of opening 4 more houses! When the new houses are open they will be able to house 15 families. During my time spent there I talked with the two families currently living at Dorothy Day House. We talked about their jobs, homeschooling, and what they like to do for fun. All the children were running around playing, and smiling ear to ear. It made me incredibly happy to hear their contagious giggles echoing throughout the large house. In the basement of the house they store food, toiletries, and other necessities that … Continue reading

Day 6: Farm to Fork

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Today, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Shelby Farms, Farm to Fork garden. The garden grows produce, teaches gardening classes, raises chickens, keeps their own bees, and offers a fellows program. They have about 15 garden plots for growing produce, and a ginormous composting area. Their fellows program usually involves 2 students from the Memphis Area. The student-fellows attend the garden, as well as promoting and running the business plan of the operation. The students are in high school and typically from inner city schools from Shelby County. This gives them the opportunity to learn how to grow their own produce, and great leadership skills. The fellows’ director explained to me the whole operation of how things would be grown throughout the year. This was my first time seeing a produce garden, and given the chance to ask … Continue reading

Day 5: Back to My Roots

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I got to spend Friday at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. As a child I visited there frequently, so it was exciting for me to get to support an organization that I have such fond memories of. I remember visiting numerous times there for field trips, and Live at the Garden. They also offer a seasonal farmers market, host parties and events, as well as selling plants and other nature inspired things to visitors. I spent my time assisting the staff with prepping and preparing educational materials for the week. I started with getting things ready for their S’mores and Stars event that is going on this week. After that I worked on putting together bird callers to be sold in their gift shop, which are basically a wooden and metal device that make a squeak that sounds just like a … Continue reading

Day 4: Home for Honey

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I have always loved animals, which made volunteering at Memphis Animal Services especially exciting for me. Upon arriving to the large gated building, I met with the volunteer coordinator. She showed me around the shelter and explained all of the services they offer. We talked about the importance of adopting, and the lowering rate at which dogs were being euthanized at the shelter. The volunteer coordinator told me that the previous year 22% of dogs were put to sleep, where as this year that number had dropped to 15%, meaning that more dogs were kept alive and adopted than in the past. I spent most of my day taking photos of dogs to help get them adopted. My main priority was to get the dogs to show me their personality. Some dogs were very affectionate and timid, while others were … Continue reading