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25 Ways to Invest in Memphis This Week: August 17th – August 21st

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While we love sharing all the fun events going on in Memphis, we also want to highlight some important invest opportunities that exist.

From fundraisers to volunteer opportunities, we’ve got several ways to invest in the 901 this week.

Volunteers Needed:

Want to make an impact in the life of a young scholar? STREETS has waiting lists for middle and high school boy and girls who would like to be paired up with a caring adult who can commit to meeting with them on a weekly basis for an hour. Click here for more information on how you can become a mentor with us this upcoming school year.

STREETS has a goal of seeing every student reading on grade level by the end of the third grade because we all know statistics show that the trajectory of a person’s life starts to trend downhill if he or she is not reading on grade level by then. Street Smarts is a literacy program to accomplish this goal. They are looking for 200 volunteers this upcoming school year! Do you want to give a child the gift of reading that will impact them and future generations for years to come? Click here for more info.

In order to sufficiently maintain and fund these gardens, the organization needs citizens to help build, develop, and fund their locations. This season, planting and volunteer days will be throughout August and through October. The events will be at schools in the Shelby County School District, the Jubilee School District, and the Achievement School District. If you would like to either help or donate, visit The Kitchen Community and fill out this Google Form.

Interested in having the opportunity to help middle schoolers build the skills and attitude they need to navigate life’s challenges? Want to serve as an influential mentor to young minds, guiding them to future success? Grizzlies Prep is a charter school in the heart of downtown educating young men in grades six to eight. Within a rigorous and disciplined middle school, students become equipped for success in high school, college, and life. The Lunch Buddies Program encourages adults to directly impact these scholars lives by dedicating one day a week to attend a 30-minute lunch period with them where they can talk, bond, and grow.

  • Ongoing – National Civil Rights Museum – The National Civil Rights Museum has several ongoing opportunities to volunteer:
    • Exhibit Monitor: As an exhibit monitor, you are responsible for assisting visitors within the exhibition space by answering questions and/or directing them through the exhibits. You also assist Security in maintaining a safe and clean environment for visitors and exhibits.
    • Greeter: As a greeter, you are responsible for assisting guests, directing groups, and providing Museum information with a warm, friendly attitude.
    • Gallery Attendant: Gallery Attendants are responsible for directing guests through the Tennessee Changing Gallery, providing an overview of the temporary exhibits, and answering guest questions.

Anyone who wants to give back to the community should consider giving blood as an important way to touch the lives of patients in local hospitals. One pint of blood can help save up to 3 lives. Lifeblood has 5 donor centers across the Mid-South with varying hours to make it as easy as possible for you to stop in and help save lives. Donors will have a brief medical screening to make sure they are in good health to give blood, be provided with snacks to keep their energy up after donating and receive a free t-shirt. Find the most convenient center for you here or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD to schedule an appointment today. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old with parental consent, weigh at least 115 pounds and be in good health. Donors receive a free cholesterol test. A photo ID is required to donate.

West Fight On: Cycle. Run. Walk. needs volunteers to help work various positions for their September event that helps raise funds for the University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research. Sign up here.

If you’re short on time and big on service check out VolunCheers by Volunteer Odyssey! Their monthly volunteer happy hour makes it easy to give back. Learn more and sign up.

Volunteer with making grown up DIY art and craft projects while sampling Memphis; finest local craft brews.

Friends of Baton Rouge are hosting donation drives here in Memphis.  Donations can be taken to Abyssinian Missionary Baptist Church on Friday 8/19 from 6-9pm, Saturday 8/20 from 9am-1pm, and Sunday 8/21 during morning worship.

Help WKNO raise the funds they need to continue their amazing programming for the benefit of families across the Mid-South. As a volunteer, you will answer incoming calls and record donor’s donation amount, name, address, and the gift item they wish to receive. Sign up for the first shift here and the second shift here.

  • Saturday, August 20th – Memphis Blues Society Volunteer Party

Volunteers are needed for the weekly Bluesday Tuesdays blues show from 7-9 every Tuesday at Overton Square as well as their upcoming Bona Fide Blues Festival on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1st. This Sat. the 20th they are hosting a volunteer party to get new people involved. It will be from 6:30 to 9:30 at 4917 Briarcliff RD, Memphis, 38117. Email your RSVP to:

To become a volunteer at HSMSC you must first attend a Volunteer Orientation where you will learn about HSMSC, their mission and services as well as the volunteer opportunities available. All volunteers will be required to fill out a volunteer application, waiver of liability and commit to a minimum of 4 hours of service per month. Adult Orientations are held the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m. and the third Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. at the Humane Society. If you are interested in socializing cats, there will be an additional training. Applications and waivers will be provided at orientation. It is not necessary to register or sign up in advance to attend the orientation.


know your rights workshop in memphis tn


The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is hosting a series of workshops using interactive theatre to teach young people about their rights and demystify encounters with law enforcement. Go here to learn more, and go here to donate and support their work.

ioby helps neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. Their crowd-resourcing platform connects leaders with funding and support to make our neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable and more fun.


In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to recognize privilege and oppression in themselves, in a safe space, as well as the opportunity to engage and discuss around these issues.

It’s back to school time and Shelby County Schools need help to cleanup around neighborhood elementary schools!

Join the students of UTHSC in support of West Cancer Center’s West FightOn. Enjoy live music, Corky’s BBQ and drinks. All proceeds benefit FightOn. Tickets are $10 at the door or $5 for West FightOn! registrants. Location: The Cadre Building.  Can’t attend? Register or donate here.

Purchase of Dugout or Box Seats to the Redbirds game this Friday at AutoZone Park will benefit MSFB & the fight against hunger. Get your tickets online only here with the password and login: midsouth

This event benefits the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center’s Memphis United: Know Your Rights Theatre Project.
Featured Rockers include: Johnny Lowebow, James and The Ultrasounds, The Toy Trucks, Billie Dove and Ross Johnson with Alex Green

The second annual Exceptional Foundation Fashion Show is presented by three incoming seniors at St. Mary’s Episcopal School and will benefit the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee. Sixteen models will rock the runway to raise money for the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee, an organization that has a created a safe space where people of all ages with intellectual disabilities can learn, interact, and thrive.

Find specific volunteer opportunities with Volunteer Odyssey and Volunteer Memphis.

Find more ways to give back to Memphis here, volunteer with refugees in Memphis, and join the work towards social justice.

Looking to bring a volunteer team to Memphis? Check out Serve901.