COMMUNITY MATTERS: Ways to give back in your community

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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.

(615) 890-8868
You are invited to come out and bowl at the annual “Bowl For Kids Sake” event April 15 from 6-8 at Lanes, Trains and Automobiles. Bowlers are asked to put together a team of five-six individuals and raise funds for the youth in our community. If you are interested in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters, please contact Carlos Clark at (615) 890-8868 ext. 10 or by email at

(615) 890-5877  
850 Mercury Blvd.
Women Build Clinic
Date: Saturday, April 5, 9-11 a.m.
Location: Lowe’s on Old Fort Parkway
Cost: Free
Registration: Register at the Lowe’s store or call Megan Hutchings at (615) 890-5877 ext.106.
This clinic is designed especially for women. You will have the opportunity to learn various construction skills through hands-on workshops.

Honor the Important Women in your Life by Donating a Square Foot
Time: During the month of May
Cost: $50 per square foot
Recognition: Honorees names will be displayed at the home dedication ceremony on special yard signs.  Each “square foot” donated will bring a family’s dream closer to reality.

(615) 898-2458    

206 N. Baird Lane
Donations needed for the Wishing Tree:
• Crib sheets and blankets (need 15 of each)
• Velcro rolls
• Sour spray
• Glue sticks
• Play-dough
Contact Kerry Boylan, Outreach Coordinator, for more information at

(615) 738-READ
Volunteers Needed: For the Me & My Family event at Cason Lane Academy on Thursday, March 27 from 5-7 p.m. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Mankin at
Donations Needed:  Bottled water for Family Literacy events, a Postage scale, and an Electric pencil sharpener.

(615) 895-7167
The Lunch Buddy program is an in-school mentoring program. Personal time and attention given to children in this program show that spending time together during lunch just twice a month creates a positive change in the child’s attitude as well as improvement in the quality of their school work and behavior. Currently, the Lunch Buddy program is making a significant impact in several elementary schools in the Murfreesboro and Rutherford County community. More than 50 volunteers have logged 500 plus hours mentoring children.

If you would like to mentor a child through the Lunch Buddy program, please contact Michael Davis, New Vision Baptist Church Director of Inner City Ministry, at  Background checks are required.

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