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Serve Your City This September with Volunteer Odyssey

August felt really long. Between the heat and the waves of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, it’s been a rough season. I’m not going to try to inspire you with a story this month, because, quite frankly, I don’t have it in me. It’s just been one of those months. 

Today, I am sharing words I wrote for this blog exactly a year ago, which still ring true, about the change we’ve all experienced the past year and a half. 

In 2020, I wrote “It seems that so much is out of our control; yet there is so much that we still can control. We can control how we spend our free time and how much of that time is spent giving back to the city and communities that have given us so much.” 

I’m going to close by saying that even when I feel overwhelmed, Memphis shows me hope. Every time I need it—and sometimes when I don’t know I need it—Memphis reminds me that we are in this together. This month, we ask that you show Memphis that in return by volunteering some of your time. 


Southern Reins for Equine Therapy, Program Volunteer Training, September 9th from 5PMto 7PM

Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is hosting a New Volunteer Training for individuals interested in volunteering with their program. The training is 2 hours and includes an introduction to the program, facility, and horses and hands-on training for lesson volunteers. All volunteers must attend training before volunteering. The dedication of time and talent of the volunteer corp is what makes Southern Reins such a magical place. Southern Reins is grateful to each volunteer for their contribution to the success of the program, and for joining the Southern Reins’ family to help people with disabilities throughout our community.

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V&E Greenline, Second Saturday Trail Maintenance, September 11th from 9AM to 11AM


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Join the V&E Greenline for their monthly “Second Saturday”to clean up and prepare the ground for the V&E Artwalk happening in October. This Second Saturday event will meet at Kirby Station. Help keep this community greenspace clean and open to all!

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Catholic Charities of West TN, Food Box Packing, September 16th from 1:00 to 3:00 (repeats every Tues and Thurs)


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Catholic Charities is working out of their Community Support Center putting together food boxes for families in need! This is a fun and fast paced volunteer shift. These boxes are then distributed for their weekly mobile food pantries, serving anyone in need of food.

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Levitt Shell Fall Season Volunteers, September 17th and 18th (every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 22nd) with shifts throughout the evenings


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Join the Levitt Shell in Overton Park as a volunteer in for their 12th Fall season of free music in Memphis! They are thrilled to be bringing free music back to the Shell again. There are multiple volunteer opportunities Friday and Saturday of each week,

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MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies, New Mentor Training, September 18th from 10:00 to 12:00


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MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies’ Training Institute provides in-class training to mentors and mentor programs so that they are equipped to improve student outcomes. This new mentor training starts the process to prepare mentors with the needed tools and skills to mentor and work with the youth within the local youth mentoring network. This training is open to anyone interested in becoming a volunteer youth mentor. After completing training, MENTOR Memphis Grizzlies will connect you to a quality youth mentoring program.

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Cooper-Young Farmers Market at the Cooper-Young Festival, September 18th from 9AM-12PM, 12PM-4PM, and 4PM-7PM.

Represent the Cooper-Young Farmers Market at the Cooper-Young Festival by helping run their booth. This is a great opportunity to support the CYFM and local organizations and help increase awareness of local foods and farm to table eating. 

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St. Vincent de Paul, Food Mission Volunteer, September 19th from 8AM to 11AM 


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Join St. Vincent de Paul Food Mission to prepare, plate, and distribute 250 to 350 meals to the homeless, chronic poor and working poor men, women and children in the Memphis Medical District. Volunteers are needed to help run this daily operation and are crucial to the mission.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore, September 23rd from 10AM-12PM, 12PM-2PM, and 2PM-4PM (Repeats Tues through Sat)


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The Habitat for Humanity ReStore serves as a daily fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis—with all of the proceeds going toward their vision of providing decent housing for all. They need volunteers to assist in their warehouse with sorting donations, unpacking shipments, stocking the floor and more. 

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Cooper-Young Farmers Market, Market Day Volunteer, September 25th from 7AM-8AM and 12:30PM-1PM

Come help the Cooper-Young Farmers Market, a year round operation, make the magic of the market happen by helping setup and break down! You can support farm to table food, local businesses, and accessible resources by volunteering with the Farmers Market.

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Memphis Animal Services, September 28th with opportunities throughout the day


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Memphis Animal Services offers a wide range of programs & assistance; including the sheltering of lost and homeless animals, pet adoption and placement, public information/humane education, and more. They need volunteers daily to assist with everything from driving medicine to local vets to taking pictures of animals for their adoption profiles. If you are interested in working with animals, MAS has a spot for you!

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City of Memphis, A Taste of Memphis 2021, September 30th with shifts throughout the day

On Thursday, September 30th the City of Memphis is encouraging neighborhoods, faith-based organizations, community development corporations (CDC’s), and many others to come out and be a part of this great event and great city! With a theme of “Overcoming Obstacles Together,” A Taste of Memphis is using its platform to share unique qualities and accomplishments about local neighborhoods and what indigenous leaders are doing to help make Memphis a better place on which to live, work, and play. Volunteers are needex to make this event a success!

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Visit Volunteer Odyssey’s official homepage to view more opportunities.

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