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BROWN: Community matters to many in Rutherford County

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I often hear that Murfreesboro is a great place to live because the people are so generous with both their time and resources.

That has certainly been my experience.  

When folks are made aware of a need, they respond because community matters here.  

This column is a resource that you can use to connect your family with volunteer opportunities in the community, educate your family about the services nonprofit organizations provide, and invest your donations where they will do the most good.

Read on to discover how you can get involved.

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES
Located at 309 S. Spring St.,
Murfreesboro
615-494-0499 • greenhousemin.org

Greenhouse Ministries serves more than 1,000 families each month through its food pantry, which is currently in need of the following items: chicken noodle, tomato and vegetable soup, canned chicken, dried beans, canned mixed vegetables, canned peas, carrots, fruit and Spaghetti O’s, spaghetti noodles and sauce, jelly, cereal, baby diapers and wipes.

Check its website for a variety of volunteer opportunities. You might teach a class, sort items for the Garden Patch Thrift Store, or repair a bicycle, just to name a few.  

You can also stop by Saturday, June 23, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for this month’s Backyard Event, a health fair.

EXCHANGE CLUB FAMILY CENTER
Located at 115 Heritage Park Drive, Murfreesboro
615-890-4673 • familycentertn.org

This organization does an outstanding job of providing classes for families in our community.

“Positive Parenting” is a free eight-week class for parents of children up to 10 years old, and it is offered in Smyrna and Murfreesboro.  This class teaches effective parenting practices for younger children.  Contact the center for class schedules.

“Families in Action” is a free six-session program for parenting strong-willed or difficult preteens and teens.  Call the center for the July and August schedule.  

“TransParenting” assists families that are going through separation or divorce or other changes within the family structure. Pre-registration and a $45 fee are required. For upcoming class schedules, visit the group’s website.

The following Wish List items are needed by the center: new or used laptop computer with Windows operating system, DVD player, video game system, video games, and household supplies such as paper towels, toilet paper and facial tissue.

 The organization also needs Wal-Mart gift cards, DVDs that have are G-rated, gently used office furniture, as well as toys and games for children younger than 12 years old.

PRIMARY CARE & HOPE CLINIC
Located at 1453 A Hope Way,
Murfreesboro
615-893-9390 • hopeclnc.org

The Primary Care and Hope Clinic is a not-for-profit, health care clinic providing quality, affordable services to the medically uninsured, underserved, as well as Medicare and TennCare families in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

The clinic is sponsoring a Fenton Payne and Fred 5k on Saturday, Aug. 18, at Middle Tennessee State University.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the group will hold the Taste of Stones River from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.at The Avenue in Murfreesboro.

All of the proceeds from the events will go toward raising funds for the clinic.

MOBILE HEALTH UNIT
mtmc.org • 615-631-7739

In partnership with The Primary Care and Hope Clinic, TENNdercare, and the Rutherford County Health Department, the Mobile Health Unit will offer physicals, immunizations and dental services for children Tuesday, June 26, at Bradley Academy from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Services will also be available Friday, June 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Coleman Elementary.

The services will also be in available in July and August.

The following insurance will be expected:  AmeriChoice, AmeriGroup, BlueCross/ BlueShield, TennCare Select, CoverKids, Humana, Medicare, TriCare, CIGNA and United Healthcare.  

For uninsured patients, the fee will be determined on a sliding scale basis, making every effort to serve families regardless of their ability to pay.

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