The Charity Circle of Murfreesboro has helped many charitable organizations through its volunteers and contributions in its almost 100 year history.
Hostess Nina Zavisa with party chair Melanie Bishop are ready to kick off the gridiron season
The organization does its many good deeds by raising funds from the local community through parties and other efforts.
The Charity Circle will again give football fans a chance the support their favorite teams and local charities with its annual Tailgate Party at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12 30pm at the home of Nina and Johnny Zavisa, 2115 Battleground Dr.
Guests are welcome to come and enjoy Whitt’s Barbecue and sport their team colors.
To RSVP or for more information, Betty Hester at 615-893-6943.
The organization was formed in 1910 as the Girls Charity Circle, when 26 unmarried ladies wished to help the poor with their needs and services. Until the city had its own social worker and the county its Health Department, the Charity Circle was the only organized charitable organization in Murfreesboro.
The Charity Circle has grown from a small group of unmarried ladies to a membership of 150 married, unmarried, working and non-working women. Its purpose stays the same as it was in 1910 – to given assistance to individuals and organizations in need.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1912 a Mission Church was built with $400 and donated lumber and labor. The members supplied education, food, sewing lessons, clothing, and coal for needy residents of Murfreesboro.
Charity Circle Caroling began in 1915 as another way of raising money, but rather than go door-to-door caroling in December, groups of members began hosting parties from June to December, inviting friends and welcoming anyone who would like to come and donate to charitable causes.
After to brief hiatus during World War II, the Charity Circle was reorganized in 1943.
At this time members created a summer recreational program for children. The present city and county recreational program is an outgrowth of this endeavor.
The Charity Circle also ran a Day Care Center and operated it in cooperation with First Presbyterian Church for children of working mothers who paid fees on a sliding scale.
In 1990, realizing the expense of rising medical and prescription costs, the members voted to operate a medical emergency fund to help the working poor with medical-related bills. This fund has expanded to meet the needs of various emergencies.
In 1996, the Murfreesboro Charity Circle Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at MTSU as an endowed scholarship that is awarded annually to a Rutherford County student.
Some of the agencies receiving aid from the Charity Circle of Murfreesboro are:
Habitat For Humanity
Child Advocacy Center
St. Clair Adult Day Service
YMCA Reading Program
West Main Mission
The Dispensary of Hope
Tennessee School for the Blind
Rutherford County Food Bank
Good Shepherd Children’s Home
Rape Recovery and Prevention Center
Pastoral Counseling Center
Room at the Inn