Kristina Brown


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

(615) 738-READ    |   |  415 N. Maple St., Murfreesboro

Literacy is an essential life skill that is crucial to an individual’s well-being and imperative to a child’s future success. In our community, one in six adults lacks basic literacy. It is the mission of Read To Succeed to improve lives in Rutherford County by offering free literacy programs and events for people of all ages. Its annual fundraising event raises dollars to support their programs and sustain literacy partnerships between local providers, educators, community helpers and business owners.

Read To Succeed’s Annual Celebrity Bee is right around the corner. This year, they have decided to do their part to keep each other safe and host the event virtually. The “To Bee or Not To Bee” 2020 Celebrity Bee will take place Facebook Live on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. Instead of getting gussied up and joining them for dinner, you are invited to stay in your pajamas and join them for a fun, competitive and entirely virtual spelling bee event.

Read To Succeed dedicates this year’s event to their founding member and the former director of Murfreesboro City Schools, Dr. Linda Gilbert. Her commitment to literacy and education impacted the lives of many.

How you can help: Read To Succeed invites you to make a contribution in lieu of purchasing a ticket or a table to the 2020 event. Your donations allow them to continue sharing the gift of literacy with our community. Donations can be made on the Read To Succeed website. Find more event information at or email

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER   |  (615) 867-9000    |

The Child Advocacy Center is offering free Virtual Darkness to Light Child Sexual Abuse Prevention training through Zoom. Please contact Tatum England at (615) 867-9000 to schedule training for your organization.

Donations Needed:  Shop the Child Advocacy Center’s Wish List to provide much needed and necessary items by clicking on this link at

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES |  | (615) 494-0499 | 309 S. Spring St.

Food Pantry Donations Needed: Canned beans, canned fruit, hamburger helper, pasta, and cereal. Drop off hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday or Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon at 309 S. Spring St. To host a food drive, contact

Volunteers Needed:  Seventy-five volunteers are needed to set up and give out food at the next Mobile Food Pantry Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30-11:30 a.m. For more information or to sign up email  Provide your name and telephone number so you can be contacted. You must sign up in order to volunteer.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  |   |  (615) 890-5877  | 850 Mercury Blvd.

Cookin’ To Build time is here. This fabulous fundraiser is where our community and businesses come together to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. A fun part of the event is the ability to hand-paint your own bowl for the event. This year, you can paint your bowl at The Pottery Place or you have the option of painting your bowl in the comfort of your own home.

To paint in the studios, just pop in to either The Pottery Place at Avenue or The Pottery Place North on Memorial Boulevard to paint. The cost is $5 per bowl (plus tax), and you’ll purchase your $20 event ticket at the same time. If painting at home, the cost is the same and includes three colors (additional colors are $1 each), and you’ll purchase your $20 event ticket at the same time. 

You can order from The Avenue location online at and click on Pottery to Go, or call The Pottery Place North on Memorial Blvd. at (615) 848-1900 to order from there. If you have questions, please contact Megan Hutchings at (615) 890-5877.

ReStore Sale (30 percent off) on Saturday, Sept. 26.

MEALS ON WHEELS   |  (615) 895-1870   |

What are you doing for lunch? Mid Cumberland Meals on Wheels Program is in desperate need of new volunteers. They have received special funding during the pandemic to serve more senior adults. If you are interested in volunteering call Debbie Willis at (615) 895-1870.

MCHRA Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program |  (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 in Rutherford County. Trained, certified Ombudsman volunteers 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. The program offers mediation, complaint resolution, and public education for residents and their families.

They are recruiting for volunteers in the Rutherford County area. Volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour, in-house training. The next training session will be held Nov. 4-5 in Nashville. Those interested in assisting have until Monday, Oct. 19 to contact the program by sending an email to Cindy Rudolph at or by calling (615) 850-3918.

SALVATION ARMY  |   (615) 895-7071   |  1137 West Main Street

The Salvation Army has been serving Rutherford and surrounding counties since 1994 at its Center of Hope Facility, located at 1137 W. Main St.  The key programs offered to the community include a daily community meal at 5 p.m., housing for socially displaced individuals and families experiencing homelessness, Angel Tree seasonal assistance and worship and education. 

At this year’s Virtual “Beyond the Bell Luncheon”, 200 donors helped raise $105,000 for the Salvation Army programs. You can go to to hear the stories of hope and how their mission is changing lives in our community.

SPECIAL KIDS    |   (615) 893-4892  |

The Special Kids Fall Golf Classic will take place on Friday, Oct. 23. Sponsors, participants and volunteers are needed. Contact Rachel Braziel, event specialist, at or go to for more info.

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