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.

June Focus: Greenhouse Ministries

(615) 494-0499   | greenhousemin.org  |  309 S. Spring St.

For over 20 years, Greenhouse Ministries’ mission has been simple: help, educate, and connect the underserved while nurturing them in a safe place. Greenhouse’s clients are primarily the working poor, single mothers and grandmothers, the homeless, those displaced through job loss or medical issues, the disabled, and those on Social Security.

Greenhouse offers services for basic human needs. These include providing help from its food pantry, clothing, toiletries, household items, prayer, and assistance obtaining an ID/birth certificate.

However, the main emphasis of the services offered at Greenhouse Ministries is the long-term help through educating and connecting with their clients. It offers adult education classes, including computer skills, tutoring for the high school equivalency test, literacy tutoring, parenting, budgeting, and career advancement classes. It also connects its clients with other resources available, including job and housing opportunities, as well as connecting them with other nonprofits who might be able to better serve their needs.

How Can You Help?

Volunteer: 

• Greenhouse has received an abundant amount of donations in the past month, which means volunteers are needed to sort them.

• Groups of volunteers are needed in July to help with work projects around the building.

• On Saturday, Aug. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 26, volunteers are needed for the monthly Mobile Food Pantry, which typically serves around 300 people, from 7:30-11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ginny Carr at volunteer@greenhousemin.org.

Donate: 

• The food pantry is currently running low on canned tomatoes, pasta, pancake mix, syrup, cereal and canned fruit.

• Make a monetary donation. Eighty percent of its funding comes from individual donations. Go to www.greenhousemin.org/donate/ to donate online.

Shop: The “Garden Patch Thrift Store” was opened to give folks a place to purchase items at reasonable prices while in a setting that is upscale and seasonally relevant. Each week, certain items are priced 20 percent off. All of the proceeds from the Garden Patch are reinvested into the operation and ministry growth.

For more information about Greenhouse Ministries, go to www.greenhousemin.org.

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER   |  (615) 867-9000    | cacrutherford.org

Donations needed: bottled water, diet drinks, individually wrapped snacks, AA and AAA batteries, Clorox wipes, Lysol spray, bleach and disinfecting cleaning products. Call the office to make arrangements for dropping off donations.

DOORS OF HOPE   | opendoorsofhope.org  |  615-900-0634  | 428 E. Bell St.

The 2nd Annual Fairway to Hope Golf Tournament will take place Friday, June 26 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Champions Run Golf Course.  Registration includes a catered lunch, prizes and games. Cost for a team of four is $400 or $125 for an individual.  To register call (615) 900-0634 or go to www.opendoorsofhope.org/fairway-to-hope

THE JOURNEY HOME   |  lovegodservepeople.org   |  (615) 809-2643  | 308 W. Castle St.

Donations needed: white ankle socks for men and women, disposable shower flip flops (similar to those used for pedicures), sunscreen in sample/travel sizes, mosquito spray in sample/travel sizes.

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency (MCHRA)  |  (615) 850-3918

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 in Rutherford County and 12 additional counties in Middle Tennessee. 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.

Volunteers needed: The Ombudsman Program is recruiting for volunteers in the Rutherford County area. Applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour training session. The next training session will be held Aug. 12-13 in Nashville. Contact Cindy Rudolph at crudolph@mchra.com or (615) 850-3918 by July 31 to apply.

MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES  | (615) 542-4371    | mindful-care.org

Help wanted: Mindful Care Adult Day Services is interviewing for a part-time activity assistant to work Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

The candidate will be expected to lead entertaining age-appropriate activities (for adults with mild dementia age 55 or older), promoting mental stimulation, socialization, and physical exercise. The candidate should have experience leading activities with the senior population, possess arts and crafts experience, exhibit an outgoing personality, develop creative ideas and have an adventurous attitude.

The candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, be at least 21 years of age, and pass a pre-employment background investigation. To interview, please call Keneshia Sweet, program director, at (615) 542-4371. Go to www.mindful-care.org for more information about the organization. 

READ TO SUCCEED  |  ReadToSucceed.org  |  (615) 738-READ

Now, more than ever, we believe we need to feel connected. This year’s One Book, “It’s All Relative” by A.J. Jacobs, is about understanding that we are all connected.  Go to one of the “Book Crossing” locations to borrow a free copy. Find the Read To Succeed red boxes at City Café, Just Love Coffee East, Just Love Coffee West, Tasty Table, Simply Pure Sweets, Morning Brew, Technology Engagement Center, and the Rutherford County Library System. 

Join the virtual discussion at www.facebook.com/OneBookRutherford.

The RTS website and social platforms offer free literacy resources and activities. There are read-a-loud series, lesson plans, links to free e-books and resources added daily. Go to www.readtosucceed.org and www.facebook.com/readtosucceedTN to begin enjoying.

Every Thursday at 6 p.m., RTS is offering Online Conversation Hour via Zoom. Conversation Hour is for any adult learning English or wishing to increase their English-speaking skills. This is not a class, instead it is an informal conversation led by a member of their Adult Literacy Department. To join, email Lindsey at programassistant@readtosucceed.org to receive a link to the conversation.

SALVATION ARMY  |   615-895-7071   |  1137 West Main St.

Donations needed: Make a monetary donation at www.BeyondtheBells.org, by mail at PO Box 791, Murfreesboro, TN 37133 or by calling (615) 895-7071. Support its Live Navigation Program (Shelter) and daily community meal. You may also donate food items such as canned vegetables (green beans, corn, peas, baked beans), coffee, ground beef, milk, paper towels, and napkins,

SPECIAL KIDS    |   (615) 893-4892  |  specialkidstn.com

Donations needed: Lysol wipes, medical masks, medical gloves (non-latex), spray disinfectant, and hand sanitizer. 

Contact Kristina Brown at kristinawbrown@gmail.com.

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