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Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good? Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

hopeclnc.org | (615) 893- 9390

The Primary Care & Hope Clinic seeks to improve the quality of life in our community
by making a healthy difference one life at a time.

The Primary Care & Hope Clinic is a non-profit community health center offering quality, affordable family health services. Uninsured patients pay on a sliding fee scale, based on income and family size. TennCare, Medicare, and private insurance are also accepted.

“We provide a medical home for patients, many of whom are the most vulnerable of our community,” said Lisa Terry, chief executive officer and board certified family nurse practitioner. “The medical home is a comprehensive health care model where the patient and their health care team work together to improve their health. This team approach can help patients live healthier lives, which, in turn leads to a healthier, more productive community.”

In addition to primary and acute medical care, the Primary Care & Hope Clinic offers on site X-Ray and laboratory testing, behavioral health counseling, diabetes counseling, case management, prescription assistance, and health insurance and TennCare enrollment assistance. With a staff of nearly 50 employees and offices in Murfreesboro and Smyrna, the Primary Care & Hope Clinic is helping make our community a healthier place to live.  

The health center is welcoming two additional medical providers, Daniel Miser, a board certified family nurse practitioner, who joined in early August, and Dr. Heather Carter, a board certified doctor of osteopathic medicine, who will join in September. With these additional providers, the health center will have three physicians and 10 nurse practitioners to serve the thousands of patients who seek medical care at the Primary Care & Hope Clinic each year.


HOW YOU CAN HELP: Sept. 6 —“Taste of Hope” event at The Avenue
Staff and volunteers are also preparing for the Primary Care & Hope Clinic’s annual fundraiser, Taste of Hope, which will be held on Sept. 6at The Avenue Murfreesboro. The culinary festival will feature signature menu items from local restaurants, live music from The Pilots, and a Kid’s Fun Zone. Each year, this family-friendly community event welcomes more than 5,000 people. Admission is free, tasting tickets can be purchased for 50 cents each, and Kid’s Fun Zone wristbands are $6 each.


CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER   | (615) 867-9000

Rutherford Romp 5K & 10K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 7 a.m.

Benefiting the Child Advocacy Center and the Murfreesboro Rescue Mission

Information and Registration at RutherfordRomp.com

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS   | mentorakid.org   | (615) 890-8868

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides services to children throughout Middle Tennessee and the mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee is looking to recruit volunteers to both our Community Based program and our Site Based Program. We have several new opportunities for the Rutherford County area and want to engage the community in our efforts to help families and provide mentors to the youth in our area.

The Community Based Program involves consistent outings in the community where the child and volunteer spend 8-12 hours a month on a weekly or bi-weekly basis developing a friendship that results in positive outcomes for the child. 

The Site Based Program involves one to one mentoring and takes place a minimum of one hour once a week at the child’s school or at an after-school site.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters please contact Carlos Clark by phone at (615) 890-8868 ext. 10 or by email at


GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES | greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499 | 309 S. Spring St.

VOLUNTEER: Greenhouse Ministries needs volunteers for their Mobile Food Pantry on Friday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m.-noon. Contact Julie at Julie Young@greenhousemin.org to sign up.


Food Items (peanut butter, jelly, canned meats, canned fruits, soups)

feminine products, baby diapers, vacuum cleaner in excellent working condition, pallet jack, commercial sized freezers, industrial sized scales for food donations, box fans, large display rack for brochures , two new desktop or laptop computers (or iPads)

READ TO SUCCEED | ReadToSucceed.org | (615) 738-READ

Reading in the Schools Day
Friday, Sept. 19

Volunteer Readers are needed! 
To volunteer, visit readtosucceed.org/reading-in-the-schools-day to contact the coordinator for each school.


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