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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 nonprofit organizations in your community provide? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.

Greenhouse Ministries
greenhousemin.org | 615-494-0499

The organization is offering free flu shots Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 309 S. Spring St. in Murfreesboro. No appointment is needed.

Child Advocacy Center

Adopt a family for Christmas.

The Child Advocacy Center is a nonprofit agency that serves victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children in Rutherford and Cannon counties. The holidays are a particularly stressful time of year for many of the families served by the Child Advocacy Center. They are struggling financially and cannot afford to provide Christmas gifts for their children.

There are three ways that you can get involved during the holidays:

• Sponsor an individual family with holiday gifts for the children and gift certificates for food.

• Sponsor an individual family with a Wal-Mart or grocery store gift certificates.

• Sponsor the Child Advocacy Center through a special holiday contribution or in-kind donation.

Habitat for Humanity
rchfh.org | 615-890-5877

Donate your Christmas decorations and artificial trees to Habitat for Humanity.

Donations will be accepted at the ReStore located at 850 Mercury Blvd. in Murfreesboro now through Wednesday, Nov. 28. Please only bring artificial trees and decorations that are in good condition.

On Friday, Nov. 30, Habitat for Humanity is having its first annual Christmas sale from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Murfreesboro City Schools
Community Outreach Program

The 10th annual Santa’s Workshop is now accepting donations of gifts for the families of more than 400 children who attend preschool at Bellwood, Oakland Court, Mercury Court and Franklin Heights.

At this event, children pick out a small gift to give their family. They are also collecting wrapping paper and gift bags.

Donations are due Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Contact Candy Clifford, community outreach coordinator for Murfreesboro City Schools, at candy.clifford@cityschools.net for more information.

Read to Succeed
ReadToSucceed.org | 615-738-7323

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 Samantha Carter at volunteer@readtosucceed.org.


• Kittrell Elementary, 7801 Old Woodbury Pike in Murfreesboro

Nov. 28: 4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: 4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

• Wilson Elementary, 1545 Cutoff Road in Murfreesboro

Nov. 20: 4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 27: 4:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 4: 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Books are also needed. Any individual, group or organization interested in holding a book drive to collect gently used children, teen and adult books, should contact Tammy Walker at assistant@readtosucceed.org.

Special Kids
specialkidstn.com | 615-893-4892

Families caring for children with special needs often face unbearable financial burdens, and sometimes, there is little left over for gifts underneath the Christmas tree.

At Special Kids, this is where the Cornelius Christmas Program steps in, allowing individuals and groups from the community to acknowledge the great blessings God has given them and give back to families in need the most during the holiday season.

Each year, the Special Kids Family services department identifies families in need to match with a community sponsor, whether a couple, a family, an office, or a Sunday school class, while keeping everything confidential to respect the privacy of the families.

The organization needs community partners willing to sponsor families and individuals willing to donate necessities such as coats, shoes, blankets and household goods. Think paper products, cleaning supplies, canned goods, personal hygiene items or small gift cards for gas, groceries and prescriptions.

Contact Sheri Weber at 615-890-1003 or sweber@specialkidstn.com.

Items are due Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Last Call 4 Grace Ministries
lastcall4grace.com | 615-785-3725

The cold weather has arrived and the need is great for the homeless in our community. Please donate warm coats and clothing for the Last Call 4 Grace mobile clothing closet. You may drop items off at 201 W. Main St. Suite 302.

Pastoral Counseling Center
pcctinc.org | 615-904-8623

The Survivors of Suicide support group will not meet in December. The group meets the fourth Monday of each month at Central Christian Church at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Karen Potratz, director of the Murfreesboro center.

Uptown Talk
uptowntalk.com | 615-896-6288

Uptown Talk is a weekly podcast broadcast each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pa Bunk’s Natural Grocery & Café on the Murfreesboro Square. Leaders from area social services, faith-based organizations and service clubs are invited to share their news and events. In addition, local musicians perform each week as part of every program.

To schedule an appearance, call the number listed above or e-mail the group at info@uptowntalk.com.

Uptown Talk is an initiative of the nonprofit faith-based Community Crossroads Project.

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