|Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.
Habitat for Humanity
Provide Lunch for Construction Volunteers: Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity is in need of individuals, businesses, or groups who can provide lunch for 12-15 Habitat volunteers on Saturdays. We build year round and Saturday is our busiest volunteer day. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to provide a meal, please contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 615-890-5877 ext. 6.
Volunteers needed: Help distribute food boxes during their Mobile Food Pantry on Feb. 22 or March 8.
Child Advocacy Center
Volunteer orientation: If you are interested in becoming an ongoing volunteer at Greenhouse Ministries, please plan to attend Orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 12 with two convenient sessions to choose from: 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Donations needed: Winter coats, sleeping bags, blankets, cereal/oatmeal, juice/coffee, hot chocolate/cider, individual canned meats or meals.
Donations Needed: Individually wrapped snacks, bottled water, juice boxes, caffeine free soft drinks, bleach, Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, Crayola Play-Doh, Play-Doh activity sets, coloring books, easel paper, dry erase markers, power wash, blank DVDs, hand sanitizer.
Contact Jessica at email@example.com or at the number above for more information.
Read to Succeed
Volunteers Needed: Read To Succeed needs volunteers for Family Literacy Events. Volunteers will help serve the food, pass out books, clean up and assist with any other needed tasks. To volunteer, contact Debbie Mankin at the number above or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: Smyrna Primary, 200 Walnut St., from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 20
English as a second language assistants and teachers are needed at the following locations and times:
• Mitchell Neilson Family Learning Center, 9-11 a.m. Monday and Thursday
• Hispanic Church in Smyrna, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
UNPLUG & Read! Feb. 10-16: UNPLUG & Read is a community wide initiative encouraging adults, families and children to unplug from televisions, computers and video games and enjoy the pleasures and educational enrichments of reading.
Visit the RTS website to pledge the hours you plan to unplug! Also if your business, civic group, school, or place of worship will be participating in UNPLUG & Read, contact Sarah Porterfield at email@example.com to tell her your plans.
Tutor Training: Learn to teach an adult to read! Training will take place for new volunteer tutors on Feb. 5 and 26 from 6-8 p.m. Additional training will be provided online. To learn more or register, contact Shelly Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 615-738-READ.
Exchange Club Family Center
Register today for the second annual Special Kids Race to be held Saturday, March 23 at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & Surgicenter on Garrison Drive in Murfreesboro.
Choose between the one-mile fun run, 5K, or 15K, and help make it possible for Special Kids to reach even more children with special needs in the community. With a sold-out first-year event, reserve your spot early as registration is limited to 3,000 race participants. Register today at their website.
TransParenting Classes: This class is for you if you are divorced, recently filed for divorce (divorcing/ separating couples must attend on separate dates), in the middle of establishing a parenting plan, never-married parents who share the responsibility for raising children, temporary child guardians and concerned family members. Pre-registration and payment are required ($45 fee). You may register online or by phone at least 48 hours in advance.
• Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5-9 p.m.
• Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Contact Amy Jordan at email@example.com or the number above for more information.