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12 Ways to Invest in Memphis This Week: June 22 – 26

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.

Photo: MIFA

Photo: MIFA

Volunteers Needed:

The American Red Cross has launched a national Home Fire Preparedness Campaign with the goal to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. Achieving this goal is beyond the means of any one person. Therefore, they are working with communities to build and strengthen existing coalitions of local fire departments, houses of worship, businesses, schools, public health departments, social service agencies, neighborhood leaders, private sector and other stakeholders to target campaign efforts and reach households most likely to experience a fire.

For the Month of June, Life is Good Memphis is assisting the Mid-South Food Bank and they would love to have your help. They need your assistance in spreading the word and providing for kids in the Mid-South that are hungry. Drop off your donations (canned foods or money) at the Life is Good Memphis store, located in downtown Memphis across the street from the Majestic Grille at 100 Peabody Place, Suite 175 Memphis, TN 38103.  With your donation, you will receive 10% off at Life is Good Memphis.

Are your workweeks too busy for you to volunteer? You can still get involved by delivering No Hungry Senior boxes on Saturdays. No Hungry Senior is a program designed to expand the number of food-insceure seniors served by providing boxes of non-perishable foods each week. This is a great opportunity for families or groups. Interested in helping out? You can deliver one Saturday or every Saturday! Email iswanson@mifa.org.

Theatre Memphis seeks ushers to help with their upcoming productions. Ushers fulfill a variety of duties before the show, at intermission, and after the show.  Duties may include: Greeting patrons and giving them their tickets at will call. Greeting patrons and handing them a program. Greeting patrons and helping them find their assigned seat. Selling concessions before the show and at intermission. Picking up small litter in the house after the show. The usher schedule is very flexible.  You may volunteer for any performance on the schedule for which ushers are still needed.  In general days and times are: Thu 6:45-10 PM, Fri-Sat 7:15- 10:30 PM, and Sun 1:15-5 PM.

If you have a green thumb or if you like being outside Lichterman Nature Center could use your help. We need “Green Volunteers “Plant lovers to help in weeding, watering and propagating plants Tuesdays through Saturdays from9 a.m. – 12 noon. Volunteers should be physical fit to help with all aspects of outside plant bed maintenance such as weeding, mulching, edging, transplanting.

The American Cancer Society is asking for volunteers to donate their time and passenger seats to drive patients to treatment. Many cancer patients need treatment several times a week.  Many of them don’t have access to cars, can’t afford gas, or are unable to drive, which makes getting treatment especially difficult. The Road to Recovery program provides the life-saving transportation necessary for these patients. Drivers can commit to as many or as few hours they wish.  The program will work with drivers to match with patients and create a schedule. To learn more or to sign up to be a volunteer, visit the American Cancer Society’s website here.

Mentor a Girl Scout Cookie Professional during cookie season so she can earn enough to reach the goals she and her troop set. Or work with other adults to provide the kind of behind-the-scenes support that makes it possible for her to make amazing new memories at Girl Scouts. Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun. Click here to see volunteer opportunities.

Support your neighbors in bringing safer, cleaner, and more playful spaces to your neighborhood by supporting one of these ioby projects. Give now to ensure a greener, more livable Memphis.

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Events:

Memphis Heritage is hosting a brainstorming event to generate workable ideas and plans for saving and restoring “the Queen of Soul”, Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home. If you have interest in working with those trying to save and then developing a sustainable plan for the restoration and repurposing of this important part of Memphis’ music history we encourage you to attend.

Join Memphis Health + Fitness Magazine for a fun night run through the Broad Ave Arts District. Post race festivities include Wiseacre beer, food, music and door prizes. Trucker hats for are awarded to age group winners and cool t-shirts are given for race participants. This race will be benefiting the Urban Bicycle Food Ministry. Register here.

Join New Memphis for a meaningful morning of volunteering to help ensure Memphis’ kids are getting a great education in a clean and beautiful space! Volunteers will meet at Promise Academy for a group breakfast then collectively head out to help paint, garden, and clean up before area kids head back to the classroom, impacting Promise Academy, Treadwell Elementary School and Humes Preparatory Academy. All are welcome – including your family (this is a kid-friendly event)! Volunteers must RSVP here to make sure there are enough supplies.

Young Professionals for the American Cancer Society (YPACS) is community-based volunteer organization comprised of young professionals dedicated to assisting the American Cancer Society in its mission to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Enjoy putt-putt, beer, and friends while also helping the organization continue its efforts. Purchase tickets here.

Find specific volunteer opportunities with Volunteer Memphis and Volunteer Odyssey.

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

Find more ways to give back to Memphis here.

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