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.

Featured Non-profit: MINDFUL CARE

mindful-care.org | (615) 542-4371

“I want to say thank you to the Mindful Care staff for your incredible kindness to our loved ones. David’s quality of life these last 6 years was so much better because of how Mindful Care helped him and made him feel valued. We love you and thank you.” (Angie Dean, caregiver for her father-in-law, who died Dec. 12, 2020.)

Mindful Care Adult Day Services serves people ages 55 and up who suffer from early-onset to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and other compromised memory issues. It is open five days a week (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), and staff members lead participants in word games, memory exercises, puzzles, storytelling, arts and crafts, singing, physical exercise, and periodic field trips. The program has music therapy, led by Annie Summar, a nationally board-certified music therapist.

Mindful Care brings joy and fellowship to participants while providing a much-needed break for the caregiver.

Go to www.mindful-care.org or call Cindi Thomas, managing director, at (615) 542-4371 for information and current availability. Mindful Care operates out of New Vision Baptist Church on Thompson Lane, but soon will be moving to a larger facility.

ALIVE HOSPICE

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

Alive’s Memorial Butterfly Release at Home: Each spring, Alive remembers loved ones with a live butterfly release, symbolizing lasting love and the renewal of the season. Last year’s family-friendly, curbside pick-up events are returning (June 19, 9-11 a.m.). Order butterflies to release at home. Butterfly houses are also on sale and can be purchased online or at upcoming events. For information go to www.AliveHospice.org/Butterfly.

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES

greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499

Free COVID-19 vaccine will be available on Friday, May 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Greenhouse Ministries will be offering the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, administered by Ascension Medical Group. No insurance is required. Call (615) 494-0499 to sign up.

Free Education Classes: (Text ‘GHEDUCATION’ to 833-494-0499 for details)

• Sewing on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

• Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

• Cooking on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

• Computer Basics on Fridays at 10 a.m.

• Parenting on Thursdays at 3 p.m.

• Recovery on Thursdays at 3 p.m.

• Anger Management on Fridays at 11 a.m.

Volunteers Needed: If you or someone you know has a skill they are willing to teach others, email info@greenhousemin.org. Examples include sewing, arts and crafts, parenting, budgeting, life skills, stress management, exercise, or coping skills.

Donations Needed: deodorant, baby wipes, body wash and bar soap, canned fruit, canned beans, canned Vienna sausages, diced tomatoes, canned pasta, pasta sauce, boxed skillet meals (hamburger helper, past-a-roni), boxed potatoes, canned corn, salad dressings, oatmeal, cereal, boxed milk, soup, pancake mix, and syrup.

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 back into the ministry. Donation hours are the same as the store hours. Follow the store on Instagram and Facebook @gardenpatchthriftshoppe.

Mobile Food Pantry set for Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-noon. Vouchers will be required. Volunteers will be needed from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Go to volunteer@greenhousemin.org to sign up.

HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee)

habitmt@utk.edu | (615) 626-0313

Volunteers Needed: Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) will have a virtual volunteer interest meeting on Thursday, May 20 at 7 p.m. Email habitmt@utk.edu to register.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

rchfh.org | (615) 890-5877

Volunteers Needed: A Unity Panel Build will be held Saturday, July 24. Volunteers from all faiths will come together to build all of the walls of a Habitat house for a single father of four. The event is sponsored by First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Murfreesboro Muslim Youth. Their goal is to raise $10,000 to purchase the lumber package for the house. Donations will be matched by Thrivent Financial.

Volunteers, ages 15 and up, can sign up for one-hour shifts. No construction experience is needed. Tools and materials will be supplied. Sign up at www.rchfh.org/unity-panel-build/.

MEALS ON WHEELS

mchra.com/meals-on-wheels-do-you-need-meals

(615) 895-1870

Volunteers Needed: Find your best lunch date ever. Volunteer to deliver meals for Mid-Cumberland Meals on Wheels program. Call Debbie Willis at (615) 895-1870 or email mow.murfreesboro@mchra.com.

MURFREESBORO RESCUE MISSION

murfreesbororescuemission.org | (615) 933-8263

The 2021 Yard Sale benefitting Murfreesboro Rescue Mission is set for Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The yard sale will be located at 3325 Tourmaline Dr. in Murfreesboro. All proceeds will go toward programs to help the homeless.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

mchra.com/ombudsman | (615) 850-3918

Volunteers Needed: Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for the rights of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and homes for the aged in Rutherford County. Trained, certified Ombudsman volunteers normally pay regular visits to these facilities where they spend time with residents, monitor conditions, investigate complaints, educate regarding abuse and neglect and protect residents’ rights. Now that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, the need for independent, objective observation and reporting is greater than ever.

Volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour virtual training. The next training session will be held July 14-15. Those interested in assisting have until Monday, June 28 to contact the program by sending an email to cindy.rudolph@mchra.com or by calling (615) 850-3918.

READ TO SUCCEED

readtosucceed.org | (615) 738-READ

Volunteers Needed: The Adult Literacy Program needs volunteers to teach adult ESL (English Second Language) classes and ABE (Adult Basic Education) one-on-one tutors for adult learners. Email alcoordinator@readtosucceed.org.

Submit names of organizations and events for the monthly Community Matters column to kristinawbrown@gmail.com.

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