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.
The Primary Care & Hope Clinic is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center. For more than 27 years, residents of Rutherford County and the surrounding area has had access to affordable, compassionate, quality health care. From its humble beginnings in 1992, serving patients from a small office on Bell Street in Murfreesboro, the Primary Care & Hope Clinic has grown to four locations, serving nearly 11,000 patients and providing more than 40,000 patient visits annually. Services include primary medical and preventive health care, behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment, diabetes management, nutrition, and an in-house pharmacy offering discounted prescription medications. The PCHC accepts TennCare, Medicare, and most commercial insurance, and a sliding fee discount program is available for qualifying patients. New patients are welcome. To make an appointment or for more information, call (615) 893-9390.
The Primary Care & Hope Clinic has purchased land across from Nissan in Smyrna to better serve residents in northern Rutherford County. The new 20,000 square foot facility will offer expanded medical, behavioral, and pharmacy services. The “Building Hope in Smyrna” capital campaign is currently underway, with room sponsorships and memorial giving opportunities available. For more information, call (615) 893-9390.
DOORS OF HOPE | opendoorsofhope.org | 615-900-0634 | 428 E. Bell St.
Volunteers Needed: Female Life Coaches are needed one hour per week to be paired with a woman in their transitional housing program. Training and support are provided. Volunteer applications are available at the website www.opendoorsofhope.org.
GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES |greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499 | 309 S. Spring St.
Donations Needed: toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shavers, soap and body wash, deodorant, and size 4 and 5 diapers. (At this time, they do not need toothbrushes or lotion.) The food pantry is low on canned fruit.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY | rchfh.org | (615) 890-5877 | 850 Mercury Blvd.
Paint a bowl for the 2019 “Cookin’ To Build”, benefitting Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity. Painters can visit either Pottery Place locations at The Avenue or Memorial Boulevard, August 1-October 15. You will pre-purchase your bowl at the time you paint it. For your donation of $20 to RCHFH, your bowl will be available in a designated area on the day of the event. The 12th Annual Cookin' To Build is scheduled for Saturday, November 2. For more information about the event, please contact Megan Hutchings at email@example.com.
MCHRA Long-Term Care Ombudsman | (615) 850-3918 | www.mchra.com/ombudsman
Volunteers Needed: The 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 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. Volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour in-house training. The next training session will be held August 7-8 in Nashville. Those interested in assisting have until Monday, July 22 to contact the program by sending an email to Cindy Rudolph at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (615) 850-3918.
MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES | (615) 542-4371 | mindful-care.org
Openings Available: Mindful Care Adult Day Services cares for those age 55 and up that have early-onset Alzheimer’s and other compromised memory issues. Their program helps maintain a certain quality of life and also provides a break for the caregiver. Call Keneshia Sweet at (615) 542-4371 to inquire about availability.
Board Members Needed: Mindful Care is looking for board members who have a passion for helping people maintain their sense of self and their dignity as human beings. If interested, please contact board president Tom Tozer at (615) 653-6209 or at email@example.com.
Donations Needed for New Chairs: Please consider making a donation to purchase much needed chairs for Mindful Care participants. Write a check for $250 and mail it to P.O. Box 332966, Murfreesboro, TN 37133. Write the word “chair” at the bottom of the check.
SALVATION ARMY | 615-895-7071 | 1137 West Main Street
Donations Needed: The Salvation Army of Rutherford & Cannon Counties is in critical need of food items to support their 5:00 p.m. Community Meal. Needed are green beans, whole kernel corn, coffee, tea, family-size tea bags, sugar, macaroni noodles, spaghetti noodles, spaghetti sauce, and paper towels.
SPECIAL KIDS | (615) 893.4892 | specialkidstn.com
Donation Needed: Special Kids Therapy & Nursing Center is in need of a working refrigerator. If anyone has a black or stainless working refrigerator to donate, sell, or has a connection to get one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2019 Special Kids Banquet will take place Thursday, September 12 at Middle Tennessee Christian School. Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and Program to follow. Visit www.specialkidstn.com/banquet for more information.
P.A.R.T.icipation Ministries, Inc. | Fundraiser for Lakota Sioux, Pine Ridge SD
A local non-profit ministry is seeking to raise money for the Lakota Sioux on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This Reservation is located on one of the poorest counties in the United States, has an unemployment rate of about 80%, and is grossly underserved. David Sandifer, president of P.A.R.T.icipation Ministries, is directing efforts to raise money to assist the Lakota authorities in repairing home septic systems due to flooding damage. The event will be hosted at the Walnut House, located at 116 Walnut Street, in Murfreesboro, Thursday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m. Special guest, Daniel Bear Runner, United States Navy (Retired), is planning to share the experience of recent events and life on the reservation. A silent auction featuring Lakota art such as framed prints, carvings, and jewelry will be part of the event. All proceeds from the auction will go toward helping defray the cost of the event. Make reservations or make donations by contacting David Sandifer at (270) 789-8459.