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.

June Focus: Nourish Food Bank

nourishfoodbanks.org | (615) 203-3693

Nourish Food Bank has been working to end hunger and build up a community response to food insecurity for nearly 40 years. Nourish Food Bank exists to feed families, fuel hope and nourish families and communities through compassionate service, supportive programs, and partnerships that create a network of care.

Locations and hours:

Murfreesboro: 1809 Memorial Blvd.

Monday-Wednesday & Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursdays 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Smyrna: 130 Richardson St.

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturdays on the 2nd and 4th week of the month

Volunteer: Nourish Food Bank is always in need of volunteers at both locations. Sign up on the website at www.nourishfoodbanks.org. Volunteers are also needed to deliver food boxes to the medically vulnerable and homebound population. In September, a large group of volunteers will be needed for a fundraising event. Call (615)203-3963 for more information and follow Facebook & Instagram for updates on upcoming events.

Donate: Non-perishable food and fresh garden produce donations are always welcome. You may drop these off during normal business hours. Monetary donations can be made online at Venmo @Nourish-FoodBanks, or by sending a check to Nourish Food Bank, 1809 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Nourish Food Bank is currently seeking financial support for needed warehouse upgrades. If you are interested and able to help, contact Norman Hanks at norman@nourishfoodbanks.org for more information.

ALIVE HOSPICE

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

Alive, the only non-profit hospice provider in Middle Tennessee, announced that tickets are available for the “Alive & The Bluebird Live” in-person show. This live event on Aug. 19 will feature Rhett Akins, Jessi Alexander, and The Warren Brothers. Enjoy craft beverages and appetizers during the pre-show cocktail party, and listen to talented songwriters perform in the round. Proceeds from the show help support patients and families of Alive. For more information, go to www.AliveHospice.org/Bluebird.

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

cacrutherford.org | (615) 867-9000

Volunteers Needed: To help stuff the Summer Santa cards into envelopes from June 25-July 1. Call Katie Enzor at (615) 867-9000 if you or your organization can help.

If you would like to schedule the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training for your church, business, or civic organization, contact Carrie Norvell at (615) 867-9000.

DOORS OF HOPE

opendoorsofhope.org | 615-900-0634

Save the Date: The Doors of Hope Annual Firefly Supper will be in person on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Copper Ridge Venue.

Donations needed: Personal hygiene products (deodorant, shampoo, body wash, feminine products) and household items (bedding, bath and kitchen towels, gently used dishes, pots and pans, and cleaning products)

Volunteers needed: Life Coaches are needed as well as teachers to lead classes once a month in art, sewing, cooking, nutrition, or fitness. For more information, contact Wendy Randolph at (615) 900-0634 or wrandolph@opendoorsofhope.org.

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES

greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499

Donation Requests: diced tomato, canned pasta, pasta sauce, beef ramen, boxed skillet meals (hamburger helper, past-a-roni), canned beans, cereal, crackers, oatmeal, pancake mix, syrup, instant potatoes, canned chicken, baked beans, pork & beans, black eyed peas, boxed milk, backpacks, duffle bags, women’s underwear.

Volunteers Needed: youth groups, and small groups are needed to help paint, host a car wash, do yard work, host a VBS, sort clothing, organize or clean. If you are interested, contact volunteer@greenhousemin.org.

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

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

rchfh.org | (615) 890-5877

Drive-In ReStore Donation Day: Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at A Mortgage Boutique / Red Realty, 1574 Medical Center Pkwy. The Fountains at Gateway. Volunteers will be on hand to receive donations from your car. Furniture, home decor, appliances, windows & doors, flooring, hardware, lighting, cabinets, left-over building materials, and more are needed. No clothing or mattresses. Go to the website for a list of accepted items and print a flyer to share. Join the fun with food and games on site.

THE JOURNEY HOME

lovegodservepeople.org | (615) 809-2643

Volunteers Needed:

• A group of 5-6 people is needed to provide, prepare, and serve lunch on the first Saturday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Groups are also needed to cook and serve food in the Community Cafe the 1st Saturday and the 3rd Thursday of the month.

• A weekly volunteer is needed on Fridays from 9-11 a.m. to help deliver bread from the Publix on S. Rutherford Blvd. to The Journey Home.

Contact Lisbeth Couser, LCouser@LoveGodServePeople.org for more information.

MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES

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

Mindful Care is relocating to First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro. The program is temporarily closed until its new license is granted.

Mindful Care Adult Day Services serves people age 55 and up who suffer from early-onset to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and other compromised memory issues. Open five days a week, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Staff members lead participants in word games, memory exercises, puzzles, storytelling, arts & crafts, singing, and physical exercise. Cindi Thomas, managing director of program, will need volunteers to help with the move. Also needed are volunteers for specific hours and activities, primarily arts and crafts. For more information, call (615) 542-4371.

OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

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

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. 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. Volunteers are needed. Applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour classroom training session Aug. 11-12. Contact Cindy Rudolph by August 2 at cindy.rudolph@mchra.com or (615) 850-3918 for information.

PRIMARY CARE & HOPE CLINIC

hopeclnc.org | (615) 893- 9390

The Primary Care and Hope Clinic has broken ground on a $6.6 million health care clinic to be located at 500 Spc. Neal Mitchell Place across from the Nissan Assembly plant. The 20,000 square foot two-story building will feature 24 exam rooms, 4 behavioral health rooms, and a pharmacy. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022.

The new Smyrna campus will expand access to health care services by offering additional primary care providers, additional behavioral health services, nutrition and diabetes self-management counseling, Vaccines for Children, interpreter services, and an on-site pharmacy. These services are provided at the health center’s Hope Way location in Murfreesboro but have not always been available in Smyrna due to facility limitations.

The Primary Care and Hope Clinic is a non-profit community health center providing medical, behavioral, and pharmaceutical services to the community. Founded with a mission to provide high-quality health care for the most vulnerable, the Primary Care and Hope Clinic has become the primary resource for medical care to the uninsured and under-insured in Rutherford County and is an anchor for the community health safety net. The clinic provides care to all patients, regardless of financial or insurance status, serving people on Medicare, TennCare, and private insurance as well as an income-based sliding fee to those with no health insurance. Last year, more than 12,000 patients sought care at the health center’s four locations in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Shelbyville. Fundraising will continue throughout the project. For more information, go to www.hopeclnc.org.

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.

Children’s Books Needed: Donations of gently-used children’s books tailored to ages Pre K – 5th Grade are needed. Contact Katie Cundy at familyliteracy@readtosucceed.org or call (615) 738-7323.

SALVATION ARMY

salvationarmymurfreesboro.org | (615) 895-7071

Camp Paradise Weekly is excited to welcome campers back to their facility at the Salvation Army for day camp and sleep-away camp on Dale Hollow Lake. Each week campers get to experience educational opportunities to help offset summer learning loss, play games and learn about working as a team, and take field trips to explore our city. Applications for families who would like to attend either the day camp or the sleep-away camp are still being accepted. You can help by making a donation to Camp Campaign at www.SalvationArmyMurfreesboro.org.

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