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.

September Focus: Read To Succeed

readtosucceed.org | (615) 738-READ

Literacy is an essential life skill that is crucial to an individual’s well-being and imperative to a child’s future success. However, in Rutherford County, 1 in 6 adults lack basic literacy. Read To Succeed’s mission is to bring the gift of literacy to everyone in Rutherford County through free programs and events for all ages.

This year, the “Let it Bee” 2021 Celebrity Bee will be streamed live on the Read To Succeed Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to put on their best disco outfit and join in on the fun.

Here’s how you can help: In lieu of purchasing a ticket or a table to the 2021 event, Read To Succeed asks for either monetary donations or gently used books. Donations will go directly to supporting programs and sustaining literacy partnerships between local providers, educators, community helpers and business owners. To donate or find information on the 2021 Celebrity Bee, go to the Read To Succeed website www.readtosucceed.org.

ALIVE HOSPICE

alivehospice.org | (615) 327-1085

Alive’s Grief Hike on Saturday, Sept. 25 is for adults who have experienced the death of someone significant. During the hike, participants will be introduced to the “Ten Essentials” created by Alive Grief Counselor Dianne Castellano, which draws connections between the tools hikers typically use to be prepared, and tools that assist with a healthy grief process.

Guests will be socially distanced. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/168983759975. For more information about grief services, call the Griefline at (615) 963-4732 or email griefsupport@alivehospice.org.

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

cacrutherford.org | (615) 867-9000

The Child Advocacy Center is hosting the Turkey Tee Off golf tournament on Saturday, Nov. 6. Sponsors are needed. Contact Katie Enzor at (615) 867-9000.

Donations Needed: Individually wrapped snacks, juice boxes, bottled water, file folders, copy paper, cleaning supplies, Clorox wipes, toilet paper, paper towels. The CAC has never closed during the pandemic. It has increased the cleaning service to keep children and families safe. Make a contribution of $100 to fund one week of the deep cleaning service.

DOORS OF HOPE

opendoorsofhope.org | (615) 900-0634

The Annual Firefly Supper is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Copper Ridge venue. Tickets are on sale now and sponsorships are available.

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). Please drop off at 428 E. Bell St.

Volunteers needed: Make a positive influence in a client’s life by being a Life Coach or teach a class once a month. If you have a particular talent or experience you would like to share, such as art, sewing, cooking, nutrition, fitness, etc., then you are needed. For information contact Wendy Randolph at (615)900-0634 or wrandolph@opendoorsofhope.org.

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES

greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499

On Nov. 15, Greenhouse Ministries will be hosting a street fair to celebrate the opening of its new building. Join it for live music & entertainment, food trucks, street performers, carnival games, arts & crafts, and tour of the new building. Tickets are on sale and include a T-shirt. Purchase a ticket at https://greenhousemin.kindful.com/e/street-fair.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

rchfh.org | (615) 890-5877

“Cookin’ to Build” Bowl Painting will run through Oct. 15 at either Pottery Place locations. Painting “to go” will be an option again this year Monday-Thursday. Call to make reservations. The cost is $5 plus tax to The Pottery Place plus $20 to RCHFH to reserve a Cookin’ to Build event ticket. For information contact Megan at (615) 890-5877 or megan@rchfh.org.

Visit The ReStore sales Saturday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 30.

THE JOURNEY HOME

lovegodservepeople.org | (615) 809-2643

Housing Need: The Journey Home focuses on rehousing the homeless and disadvantaged, and is seeking property owners interested in renting to The Journey Home to rehouse families who need a home.

Don’t miss Pickin’ at Puckett’s on Thursday, Sept. 30. Jonell Mosser and Jesse Labelle will perform. For information, contact Lisbeth Couser at LCouser@LoveGodServePeople.org.

KYMARI HOUSE

kymarihouse.org | (615) 956-6106

Fundraising week ends Sept. 24. The 20 for $20 campaign asks that supporters of Kymari House ask 20 people to donate $20. Donations can be made on the website or by mail to Kymari House, P.O. Box 12306, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

LIBERTY’S STATION

libertysstationtn.org | (615) 584-9029

Liberty’s Station is a progressive workforce pipeline where 90% of the employees have intellectual and developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, or other employment barriers. Employees are assessed, trained, and gain work experience to then acquire long-term community employment.

Save the Date: Fundraiser at The Outpost Armory on Thursday, Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m.

MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES

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

If you are a struggling caregiver at home or know of a family in that situation, or want to volunteer, call Cynthia Thomas, program director, at (615) 542-4371. Openings are available. Mindful Care Adult Day Services has moved to First United Methodist Church at 265 W. Thompson Lane. The program is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

NOURISH FOOD BANK

nourishfoodbanks.org | (615) 203-3693

Nourish Food Bank will host a Putt-Putt Extravaganza on Saturday Sept. 25 from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring. Tickets are still available. Volunteers are needed. Select your shift at https://signup.com/go/NourishFoodBank.

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.

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is recruiting volunteers. Applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour training. The next training session will be held Nov. 17-18. Contact cindy.rudolph@mchra.com or (615) 850-3918.

POSSIBILITY PLACE

possibilityplacetn.org | (615) 653-3840

“Scramble for Possibilities” Golf Scramble is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at Champions Run Golf Course in Rockvale. Register on the website under Events before Oct. 11.

RUTHERFORD HEART WALK

This year, you can “Heart Walk Here”, anywhere and anytime you feel inspired. Go to www.RutherfordHeartWalk.org to register.

SALVATION ARMY

(615) 895-7071

The Salvation Army “Beyond the Bells” Virtual Luncheon will be Thursday, Oct. 14. Register at www.BeyondTheBells.org. If you would like to host a virtual table or sponsor the event, contact John.Mitchell@uss.salvationarmy.org. If you’d like to donate or learn more about Beyond the Bells and the programs of The Salvation Army in Rutherford and Cannon counties, go to their website.

To submit information for the Community Matters column, contact Kristina Brown at kristinawbrown@gmail.com.

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