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12 Ways to Volunteer with Volunteer Odyssey in December

Guest post by Beth Petschonek, volunteer odyssey

12 Ways to Serve memphis this month

Youth Villages Holiday Workshop, Family Fun Day
Friday, December 1- December 6
Multiple Shifts Available

Help bring the gift of joy to children of Youth Villages this holiday season by volunteering in our Holiday Heroes Santa’s Workshop! Our Holiday Heroes generously donate and/or shop for our youth to fulfill their holiday wish lists. Santa’s Workshop volunteers, that’s you, will help us receive, wrap, and sort these gifts to ensure they go to the right youth for the holidays!

LITE Memphis, Zoom Pitch Practice
Monday, December 4- Tuesday, December 7
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Our Youth Entrepreneurs are preparing to pitch their businesses December 9 and can benefit from your expertise! If you’d like to invest in future local business owners, partner with LITE Memphis during our Fall Pitch Practice Week. Work with 2-3 entrepreneurs to help polish their elevator pitches!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, 2023 Toy Drive Sortation
Monday, December 4- Friday, December 8
Multiple shifts available

This year is our 22nd annual Toy Truck Drive! Help sort out toys, bag them up, and make sure they are delivered to the correct Club sites!

Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert: Winter Wonderland
Saturday, December 9
5:45 pm – 9:00 pm

Germantown Holiday Concert featuring the Germantown Symphony Orchestra with the Houston High School Concert Choir.

The Germantown Symphony Orchestra (GSO) “Winter Wonderland” concert will feature music from the perennial favorite holiday movie Polar Express, two pieces about sleigh rides, and many other seasonal favorites.  The GSO will be joined by the Houston High School Concert Choir under the direction of Kinsey Healy and will conclude with our traditional sing-along and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Germantown Performing Arts Center, Madonna Learning Center Christmas Shows
Wednesday, December 13 & Thursday, December 14
Multiple Shifts Available

Join the Madonna Learning Center students and trainees as they share the story of how two friends come together to help others. Along the way they discover the true meaning of Christmas. Be uplifted as a community unites together to tell the story of how small gifts change the world.

The Madonna Learning Center Christmas play has become a must-see show during the Christmas season. It is a time of excitement, anticipation and joy for the students and adults as they demonstrate their abilities on stage in front of a sold-out crowd. The Madonna students and adults perform the play as a way to give back to a community that openly and graciously gives to them.  

We need volunteers to help greet, seat, and direct guests for each performance.

Samaritan’s Feet, Shoe Distribution with Las Americas
Saturday, December 16
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Since 2010, cityCURRENT has hosted Samaritan’s Feet Shoe Distributions each year, and they have become a tradition and favorite for our volunteers. Through a simple act of humility and servant-leadership, we’re able to express our love, compassion, and a message that brings hope to our children.

During this event, we will provide new athletic shoes and socks to children in the community while sharing words of hope and encouragement. 

Come join us in serving others; we couldn’t impact the community without you!

A woman, who is a volunteer with Volunteer Odyssey, sitting at a table adorned with beautiful flowers.

Page Robbins Adult Day Center, Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday, December 12
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Page Robbins Adult Day Center provides unique and uplifting daytime care for adults with memory loss, in a safe environment, while empowering and educating their caregivers and the community. 

At our volunteer orientation session you will learn more about Page Robbins and the exciting opportunities available to you as a volunteer. You will be able to take a tour, ask questions, and tell us more about you so that you can be best matched with roles that fit your interests.

Memphis Rox, Community Lunch Program
Weekends in December
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Memphis Rox has implemented a free bag lunch program to help distribute food options to local communities! We would like to invite one volunteer each day to help assist in the distribution of the bag lunches.

Memphis Athletic Ministries, Academics Volunteer
Open Opportunity
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Build relationships with our students through homework help, brain breaks, and/or reading or math games and activities! This opportunity is offered at various locations across the city.

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Mobile Food Pantry at St. Paul’s Catholic Church
Saturday, December 16
8:45 am – 11:00 am

Join us in this fun direct service event that helps those in need in our community!

Volunteer roles include collecting data, loading food boxes into cars, and directing traffic. This entire shift takes place out of doors! We ask volunteers to dress comfortably and for the weather.

Room In The Inn Memphis, Serving with a Smile Dinner
Daily throughout December
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come help the kitchen staff serve our guests dinner!

Youth Villages, Closet Organization
Thursday, December 28
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Youth Villages partners, U of M: Roaring for the Youth, have done a great job getting our closet organization started, but we need your help to see it through. If you are looking for a helpful way to volunteer your time, consider this! 

We meet every other Thursday to intake, organize and store clothing so that our youth and staff are able to use the closet efficiently.

Be sure to dive into Our Events calendar for more exciting service opportunities ↓

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