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: Doors of Hope
opendoorsofhope.org | 615-900-0634 | 428 E. Bell St.
Doors of Hope is a long-term rehabilitative re-entry program where women being released from incarceration or drug rehab can restructure life for a better future. They provide a safe, recovery-based environment in which case managers, therapists, recovery specialists and life coaches assist clients on their journey toward health and wholeness.
By teaching values and life skills during incarceration and helping with reentry challenges upon release, they see recidivism rates reduced as ex-offenders learn to become responsible, respectable, contributing members of our community.
Doors of Hope services include a five-day weekly education and transition planning in each of Rutherford County’s correctional facilities for women that are non-violent offenders. Upon release, they provide safe housing and other basic needs. However, it is more than just a safe place to live. Living in the housing program requires involvement in a forward-moving, highly structured reentry program designed to rebuild a shattered life and learn a new, stable, sober way of living at a fairly rapid pace.
The program is designed to provide 12-months of accountability and empathic case management in a recovery based-environment. In addition, clients in the program receive other direct services such as transportation, resume-building/job search-assistance, mental health counseling, recovery coaching, access to medical/dental checkups, and advocacy in court and with other agencies.
How Can You Help?
Doors of Hope’s annual Firefly Supper will take place Thursday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at The View at Fountains, located at 1500 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. This unique event brings together local chefs for a “farm to table” dining experience which provides delicious food and fellowship while spreading awareness about the mission and programs of Doors of Hope. For more information, please contact Resource Development Coordinator Emily Baker, at email@example.com or call (615) 900-0634. All proceeds go directly towards empowering more women to break the cycle of addiction and incarceration.
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER | (615) 867-9000 | cacrutherford.org
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention: Did you know that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before the age 18? It is possible to prevent your child from becoming a victim. Attend free training that will teach you simple and practical actions you can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Call Brittnie Noble at (615) 867-9000 to register for Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training.
Donations Needed: bottled water, diet drinks, juices boxes, copy paper, juice boxes, individually wrapped snacks, toilet paper, postage stamps, Office Depot/Staples/Wal-Mart gift certificates. Please call the center to make arrangements to drop off donations when victims and families are not present.
DREAMCATCHERS | dreamcatcherstherapyservices.org | (615) 631-6691
2020 Winter League registration is now open for First Shot. This program seeks to provide an atmosphere that will encourage positive change in your child spiritually as well as athletically. This is a teaching league and the focus is developing a strong foundation for all aspects of life.
Each child will learn to make God’s Word relevant to their daily life, will improve in foundational basketball skills, will be respected and loved by the coaching staff, and will have fun and promote character and good sportsmanship!
Starting Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Hooptown, 6910 Stroop Lane in Smyrna. Register now at https://1stshotbasketball.leagueapps.com/camps/1246312-basketball-skills-academy-and-winter-league.
GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES | greenhousemin.org | (615) 494-0499 | 309 S. Spring St.
Donations Needed: (Food Pantry) canned fruit, jelly, hamburger helper, pancake mix and syrup; (Toiletries) toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and baby wipes.
Volunteer Training will take place Thursday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m.
Mobile Food Pantries will be held Saturdays, Oct. 5 and Nov. 23, 8 a.m.-noon. Contact Ginny Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
MEALS ON WHEELS | (615) 895-1870 | mchra.com/meals-on-wheels-do-you-need-meals
What are you doing for lunch today? Why not deliver a hot, nutritious lunchtime meal to homebound Seniors? The Mid Cumberland Meals on Wheels Program is in need of volunteers to deliver meals to their homebound folks. Routes take between 30 minutes-1½ hours to deliver.
Call Debbie Willis at (615) 895-1870 to help someone who might not be able to eat today without your help.
MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES | (615) 542-4371 | mindful-care.org
The huge increase of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia is being called a tsunami. The need for adult day services like Mindful Care is becoming more and more urgent. Mindful Care Adult Day Services is striving to meet the increasing need in Rutherford County. There are more than 3,000 people in its area at home stricken with Alzheimers and that number will double, then triple, in the next 10-20 years. Their caregivers need relief, too.
Openings are available at Mindful Care. Call (615) 542-4371. Visit www.mindful-care.org for more information. Enthusiastic board members are also needed.
NOURISH FOOD BANK | nourishfoodbanks.org | 1809 Memorial Blvd. | (615) 203-3693
Donations Needed: pasta sauce, pasta noodles, ramen, canned meats, dry rice, dry beans, cereal, and oats. Please drop off at their Memorial Blvd. location.
Volunteers are Needed Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to process donations. Contact Norman Hanks at email@example.com or call (615) 203-3693 to help.
READ TO SUCCEED | ReadToSucceed.org | (615) 738-READ
Reading in the Schools Day is Friday, Sept. 20. This annual event offers volunteer readers the chance to read to a classroom in Rutherford County elementary schools, private schools, and Murfreesboro City Schools throughout the day. Sign up at www.readtosucceed.org where a full list of participating schools and their coordinators can be found.
ESL Substitute Teachers Needed: Read To Succeed has an immediate need for several volunteers to substitute teach at weekly ESL (English Second Language) classes. ESL Teacher trainings are scheduled for Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 and Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 from 5:30-8 p.m. at their offices located at 415 N. Maple St. They also need a facilitator for their Conversation Hour at the Technology Engagement Center. Please call (615) 738-7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Contact Kristina Brown at email@example.com.