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15 Ways to Invest in Memphis This Week: August 24th – August 28th

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:

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.


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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.


Presented by Beautiful Colored Girls, MIFA, & MLGW. Be among the first in Memphis to view Southside With You, which chronicles a summer afternoon in 1989 when the future President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, wooed the future First Lady, Michelle Robinson, on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side. Tickets are $25. Sales will benefit MIFA and MLGW’s Plus-1 Program, which provides utility assistance to families in crisis.

The Memphis Redbirds and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis have joined forces to hold “Habitat for Humanity Night” at AutoZone Park on Friday, Aug. 26. The evening coincides with the conclusion of Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will be held in Memphis that week. If you have a ticket to the game, you can enter the ballpark at 4:00 p.m. to watch the closing ceremony, featuring President and Mrs. Carter, on the video board. There will also be a special edition of postgame fireworks. The Redbirds will be wearing special Habitat-themed jerseys during the game, which will be auctioned off at the game with net proceeds going toward Memphis Habitat.

The Forrest Spence Fund is an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 in memory of Robert Forrest Spence. The mission of the Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South. In honor of Forrest, the organization strives to support families dealing with similar difficult situations and to give back to regional children’s hospitals like Le Bonheur, where the amazing medical staff fought for Forrest and continues to fight for thousands of other children each year. This 5k will include games, bounce houses, slides, food, awards, door prizes, and more.

Benefit a great cause at the 3rd Annual 3 Shades of Blue Charity Golf Scramble. Enjoy a catered lunch, prizes, and more.

Join Breakaway Running and Bardog Tavern for the 7th Annual Breakaway/Bardog Tavern 5k benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Run with the pack through historic downtown Memphis. Afterward, stick around for the post-race party which will feature live bands, a dunk tank, exclusive beer tent, free food, raffle with TONS of prizes, meatball eating contest, and much much more. Continue celebrating at the 8th Annual Monroe Avenue Street Festival, also benefiting St. Jude. You can sign up for extra perks at the Monroe Avenue Street Festival with beer tent access and/or VIP access to food and beverages. 

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.

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