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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.

Literacy Day Saturday, Aug. 2
Mark your calendar for Literacy Day on Saturday, Aug. 2!  The annual event will kick off at Central Magnet School with activities to follow on Civic Plaza. This free event will include food, prizes, games and give-aways including school supplies. Top prizes include gift cards and a tablet computer!
Sponsored by Read To Succeed, Oliver Branch Church, Friends of Linebaugh Library and Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, the event is the unofficial kickoff to the new school year. Families will enjoy activities such as face painting, a bounce house, a literacy walk and will get to meet costumed book characters as well as Hershey, the Literacy Dog!
Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at Central Magnet School, where the kickoff to Literacy Day begins at 9 a.m. The Literacy Walk starts at 9:30 a.m. with participants showing their support for literacy by marching down historic East Main Street and ending at Civic Plaza. Activities will run until noon.
For more information about Literacy Day, visit their newly redesigned website at or call the Read To Succeed office at (615) 738-READ. You can also “Like” the Read To Succeed Facebook page for the latest news and photos.
Be sure to bookmark these upcoming Read to Succeed events!
• Sept. 19: Reading in the Schools Day
• Nov. 10: Celebrity Spelling Bee
5:30 p.m. Silent Auction
6:00 p.m. Dinner provided by Carrabbas
7:00 p.m. Celebrity Bee
• Volunteers are needed to setup, serve and cleanup. Contact Malia Grubbs, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (615) 738-7323.

Can’t attend an event but still want to support literacy in Rutherford County? You can donate door prizes for Literacy Day or silent auction items for the Celebrity Spelling Bee. All you need to do is contact Lisa Mitchell, executive director, at or 615-668-6176 to arrange pick up of your donations.

Other important news from our local non-profits

Kymari House
308 N. Spring Street
(615) 956-6106
Donations needed: Snack items for kids such as prepackaged granola bars, peanut butter crackers, goldfish crackers, teddy grahams, etc. and small bottled waters or juice boxes. Also needed are items for the house including paper towels, toilet paper and cleaning supplies. All items can be dropped off at Kymari Tuesday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. For more information, you may contact Tonya Hobbs at the number above or at

Greenhouse Ministries
(615) 494-0499
309 S. Spring St.
Volunteers needed: Greenhouse Ministries will need volunteers on Aug. 15 from 8 a.m.-noon for their next Mobile Food Pantry. Please call Julie Young at (615) 494-0499 if interested in volunteering.

Child Advocacy Center
(615) 867-9000
Volunteers needed: The Child Advocacy Center is recruiting Darkness to Light Volunteer Trainers. Darkness to Light is a new nationwide initiative designed to train adults how to protect children from child sexual abuse.  Statewide training will take place on July 23 from 8: a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Nashville. Please contact Ryan Wallace at the Child Advocacy Center (615) 867-9000 to register to attend the training and become a Rutherford County or Cannon County authorized Darkness to Light trainer.

Pastoral Counseling Center
(615) 904-8623
Event:The Pastoral Counseling Center of Murfreesboro’s Annual Luncheon and Silent Auction will take place Tuesday, Aug .12 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (265 W. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro). The theme is “Taking Care of Your Mind, Body & Spirit.” Tickets are $12.50 per person or $100 for a table of eight. To make reservations, contact Karen Potratz at or (615) 513-7863. Payment may be made at the door or by mail (100 Vine Court, Nashville, Tn. 37205).

Habitat For Humanity
(615) 890-5877
850 Mercury Blvd.
Event/volunteers needed: Bowl painting for “Cookin’ To Build” begins Aug. 1 and runs through Oct. 31 at The Pottery Place at The Avenue and/or The Painted Clay Studio in Smyrna. (Cookin’ To Build is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1.) The painted bowls are a fun part of the event. The cost to paint is $5 + tax. Call the studios to schedule group painting. Off-site painting is also offered. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Hutchings at (615) 890-5877 ext.106 or

Primary Care & Hope Clinic
(615) 893- 9390
Event/volunteers needed: The Primary Care & Hope Clinic’s annual fundraiser, Taste of Hope (formerly Taste of Stones River), is recruiting volunteers to help with the event.  The 8th annual event is Saturday, Sept. 6 from 4-8  p.m. at The Avenue  Murfreesboro.  The popular culinary festival will feature signature menu items from the area’s finest restaurants, live entertainment, and a variety of children’s activities in the Kids Fun Zone. Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles. To apply or for more information go to or contact Cindy Rhea at or (615) 893-9390.

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