|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.
Read to Succeed
ReadToSucceed.org | 615-738-7323
Volunteers are needed at the Family Literacy Programs to serve food, clean up and hand out books at John Pittard Elementary Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4:45 to 7 p.m., and Roy Waldron Elementary on Sunday, Oct. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 1, from 4:45 to 7 p.m.
Help is also needed at Wilson Elementary on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 4:45 to 7 p.m., as well as Kittrell Elementary on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Volunteers are also needed for the Express Yourself Arts Conference at World Outreach Church that is being held Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To volunteer, contact Samantha Carter at email@example.com.
Residents are also asked to donate books for give-aways at the Family Literacy Programs.
Any groups or individuals interested in hosting a book drive to benefit Read To Succeed, should contact Tammy Walker at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organization is looking for gently used children, teen and adult books.
The seventh annual Celebrity Spelling Bee will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. at Patterson Park Community Center.
Tickets are $50 per person, which includes dinner provided by Macaroni Grill.
This event raises essential funds for Read To Succeed’s adult tutoring program, in-school family literacy programs, English as a second language classes, and dozens of other events in the community aimed at promoting reading.
For tickets, visit the organization’s website.
Child Advocacy Center | 615-867-9000
The center needs donations of water bottles, Clorox wipes, paper towels, toilet taper, tissue boxes, individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, caffeine-free soft drinks, easel board paper, blank DVDs, markers, dry erase markers, Lysol, and portable mini-speakers for laptop used at trainings.
For those interested in sponsoring a child this holiday season, there are three ways tp help.
Participants may sponsor an individual family with holiday gifts for the children and gift certificates for food.
They may also sponsor an individual family with a Wal-Mart or grocery store gift certificates.
In addition, sponsorship through center through via a special donation is also available.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, residents can golf for a cause during the Turkey Tee Off Golf Tournament.
Anyone interested in participating should register no later than Thursday, Nov. 8.
Contact Jessica Wauchek for more information at email@example.com.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
mentorakid.org | 615-890-8868
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a one-to-one mentoring program serving children between the ages of 6 and 16 years old.
It is currently in need of volunteers to provide mentoring service to these children. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
Male volunteers can be matched with male mentees, female volunteers can be matched with female mentees. Male mentees between the ages of 6 and 10 years old and a couple that has been married for more than one year may also be paired.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is an evidence-based model and shows proven improvement in social skills, grades, conduct, behavior and self-esteem.
The children in the program also show a lower likelihood of dropping out of school and an improvement in peer relations.
For more information about becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, contact Carlos Clark.
greenhousemin.org | 615-494-0499
Turkey and ham donations are needed for Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 16.
Drop them off at Greenhouse Ministries between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the workweek.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, volunteers are needed to help with the mobile food pantry from 9 a.m. until supplies are exhausted.
Volunteers will pack and load food boxes.
Families and individuals in need from Rutherford County will receive a free food box.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m., volunteers are needed to serve snacks, drinks, and play games during the turkey and ham giveaway.
Contact Emily Francis for more information at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Habitat for Humanity
rchfh.org | 615-890-5877
Cookin’ To Build will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza near the Square.
Tickets are $15 per person.
Choose a unique bowl that has been hand painted at The Pottery Place by community residents of all ages.
Fill the bowls with all of the food and treats that will be available throughout the event. Drinks will also be included.
Booths representing local organizations and Habitat for Humanity supporters will cook their favorite dishes for residents to enjoy.
Live entertainment provided by The Flea Market Hustlers will also be on hand.
All proceeds from Cookin’ To Build benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Contact Megan Hutchings for more information.