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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.

April Focus: Child Advocacy Center cacrutherford.org | (615) 867-9000

The Child Advocacy Center serves victims of child abuse, child sexual abuse, drug endangered children, and their non-offending parents, grandparents and family members. The Child Advocacy Center works as a multidisciplinary team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office to investigate and prosecute child abuse cases and help children and their families heal from the trauma. They are located in Rutherford and Cannon counties.

How Can You Help?

The Hometown Heroes Walk for Children will be held on Friday, April 30 at the Murfreesboro Civic Plaza. Complimentary shuttles will run from the Child Advocacy Center to the event kick-off from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Walkers will check in at the registration table from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Speakers will start at 11:30 a.m. and the Walk will begin at noon. Virtual participants can view the event online at https://www.facebook.com/CACRutherford/.

The Walk is hosted annually by the Rutherford County Child Protective Investigative Team. The Team works together to respond to child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, and drug endangered children cases. In the last 21 years, 10.8% of the population of Rutherford and Cannon counties has been assisted by the Child Protective Investigative Teams. The Teams have investigated and aggressively prosecuted 16,588 child abuse cases, helped over 25,243 individuals, and trained 12,191 adults how to protect children from child sexual abuse. The proceeds from the event benefit the children and families that are served.

ALIVE HOSPICE | alivehospice.org/boro | (615) 327-1085

Join us every first Thursday for Alive & The Bluebird all year long! This year’s Alive & The Bluebird series will consist of livestreamed shows over the course of the year from The Bluebird. In keeping with The Bluebird’s tradition of providing an affordable and intimate space to interact with the songwriters, tickets will cost $20 and attendance will be limited. Performances will be streamed via StageIt. As we are able to gather, live in-person shows will take place at Green Door Gourmet. Follow Alive & The Bluebird Cafe to learn about performers as they are announced.

Tickets and Information: AliveHospice.org/Bluebird

Merchandise: AliveHospice.org/Shop 

AMERICAN RED CROSS | redcross.org | (615) 893-4272

The Heart of Tennessee Chapter “Board of Directors Blood Drive” will take place Tuesday, April 27 from noon-6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, located at 116 N. Academy St. in Murfreesboro. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org Code: StPaulsMurf.

DOORS OF HOPE | opendoorsofhope.org | 615-900-0634

Doors of Hope will have a fundraiser at Newk’s Eatery on Tuesday, April 20 at the Wendlewood Drive location from 4-8 p.m. with 15% of all proceeds going to Doors of Hope.

The 3rd Annual Fairway to Hope will be held on Friday, April 30 at Champions Run Golf Course. There is still time to sign up to sponsor and to play.

Donations Needed: personal hygiene products and household items and supplies (bath and kitchen towels, bedding, and cleaning supplies).

Volunteers Needed: to host a Monday Night Meal. Life Coaches are also needed. Contact Wendy Randolph if interested in volunteering at (615) 900-0364 or wrandolph@opendoorsofhope.org.

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES | greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499

Free education classes occur each weekday at 10 a.m. including Sewing on Tuesdays, Bible class with Cliff Sharp on Wednesdays, Cooking on Thursdays, and Computer Basics on Fridays. In addition to these, an Anger Management class takes place on Fridays at 11 a.m. (call 615-494-0499 to sign up) and a Budgeting Class is scheduled for April 28 and 29, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Text, ‘GHEDUCATION’ to 833-494-0499 to receive class updates.

Donations Needed: deodorant, baby wipes, canned fruit, canned Vienna sausages, diced tomatoes, canned pasta, pasta sauce, boxed skillet meals (hamburger helper, pasta-roni), boxed potatoes, creamed corn, salad dressings, cereal, and boxed milk .

The Garden Patch Thrift Shoppe is open Tuesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. All proceeds from the store go directly back into the ministry. Donation hours are the same as the store hours. Follow the store on Instagram and Facebook @gardenpatchthriftshoppe.

THE JOURNEY HOME | lovegodservepeople.org | (615) 809-2643

Volunteer Needed: Four hours weekly assisting with office responsibilities. Must have Microsoft Office Suite experience.

Donations Needed: single-use bug repellent and sunscreen. Donations can be made at The Journey Home Outreach Center, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact Lisbeth Couser at LCouser@LoveGodServePeople.org for information.

MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES | mindful-care.org | (615) 542-4371

Mindful Care Adult Day Services is holding a Bake Sale on Monday, April 19 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at its location inside New Vision Baptist Church on Thompson Lane. Donate $20 or more and choose a home-baked goodie. A large selection of pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, quick breads, etc. will be available. To learn more, go to www.Mindful-care.org.

SALVATION ARMY | salvationarmymurfreesboro.org | (615) 895-7071

Salvation Army programs like LifNav, 2Gen Family Initiative, and Learning Pods and Resources Hubs are changing lives every day. Consider an investment toward their “Mission Essential” Campaign helping them move more people off the street into permanent housing. Make your donation by check, donor advised fund, or stock. Checks can be made to The Salvation Army and mailed to the Center of Hope Facility, located at 1137 W. Main St., Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Donations may also be made online at: www.SalvationArmyMurfreesboro.org. To learn more about the programs offered, schedule a tour by contacting John Mitchell at (615) 895-7071 or john.r.mitchell@uss.salvationarmy.org.

SPECIAL KIDS | specialkidstn.com | (615) 893-4892

Donate to Special Kids during “The Big Payback” on Wednesday, May 5 at https://bit.ly/3e0cxPZ.

Teams are still needed for the Special Kids Spring Golf Classic on Thursday, May 6. Go to https://bit.ly/3dYiXPM to learn more.

To have organizations and events included in the Community Matters column, contact Kristina Brown at kristinawbrown@gmail.com.

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