COMMUNITY MATTERS: Ways you can give back

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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.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
The Pastoral Counseling Center of Tennessee (PCCT) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) are hosting a two-part presentation at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin entitled “In the Spirit of Awareness: Mental Health in the Congregation.”

Discussion will include prevalent mental health issues, the journey from diagnosis to treatment and how church congregations can help. The event takes place on Wednesdays, May 14 and 21 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Otey Hall.

A free workshop will take place on Thursday, May 22 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro addressing “Self Critic or Self Esteemed?” Led by PCCT Murfreesboro Center Coordinator Karen Potratz, M.R.E, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., the workshop is a brief consideration of the self-critic and offers opportunities to challenge ourselves and explore personal strengths. 

For more information about the Pastoral Counseling Center, visit their website at or call (615) 383-2115. 

To learn more about NAMI, visit their website at or email the local organization at

Possibility Place
(615) 653-3840

Possibility Place is a new day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,set to begin in August here in Murfreesboro. 

Donate: Start-up funds are the biggest need. You can use the PayPal link on their website to make donations or mail to: Possibility Place, P.O. Box 32482, Murfreesboro, TN., 37133.

Volunteer: Possibility Place needs volunteers to help with day-to-day activities with these special adults. They also need volunteers to help with fundraising efforts.

Wish list
• Digital Camera
• New or gently-used laptop computers able to run educational programs
• New or gently-used copy machine
• Gift cards to office supply stores, Walmart, or Target for supplies

Learn more about Possibility Place at or contact Sonya Craig, director, at or (615) 653-3840.  
Meals on Wheels
(615) 895-1870

Did you know that one in five senior adults in Tennessee go to bed hungry? Thirty to 35 percent of Seniors have to choose between food, medicine and utilities.

Volunteer: Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency (MCHRA) Meals on Wheels Program is in need of volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to the elderly in our community. 

To help, please contact Debbie Willis at or call (615) 895-1870.  
Ace Learning Center
(615) 898-2458

Donate: The Ann Campbell Early (ACE) Learning Center (formerly Project Help) is currently in need of the following donations to support their programs:
• Crib sheets and blankets (15 of each)
• Freezer Pops
• Small Dixie Cups
• Shaving Cream for women

Volunteer: The Learning Center is looking for summer volunteers (age 16 and older) to work with teachers in the classroom. 

The ACE Learning Center is located at 206 N. Baird Lane in Murfreesboro.  For more information, please visit their website at or call Kerry Boylan at (615) 898-2458.  

Greenhouse Ministries

(615) 494-0499

• iPads
• Pallet Jack
• Lawn Mower
• Vacuum Cleaner
• Dr.’s Office Scales
• Locking File Cabinet
• Paper products and Office Supplies
• Food for Pantry
• Monetary donations

Volunteer: Greenhouse Ministries is always in need of volunteers for day-to-day operations. Do you enjoy yard work? Can you help out with cleaning? 

For more information, contact Shelley Childers at (615) 494-0499 or visit their website or blog (  

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