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.

August Focus: Read To Succeed

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

Read To Succeed is a local nonprofit that fosters partnerships in our community, promotes literacy and provides resources through its Literacy Center. Programs include teaching adults to read, offering programs for youth and families through their child’s school and training tutors to teach English as a Second Language. 

The Adult Literacy Program is for adults 18 or older and provides one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy at no cost to the learner. The program provides a free, five-hour training course to teach volunteer tutors how to work with adults. Each learner is tested to determine skill level so the program can be tailored to fit specific literacy goals. 

The Youth and Family Literacy Program serve the child, the adult, and the entire family. Offered at both the city and county schools, as well as select housing developments, Read To Succeed aims to foster the enjoyment of reading in families, help parents feel more confident in sharing books with their children, model active reading for parents and create a venue for family members to enjoy quality time together.

Parents are offered free tutoring if they are interested in advancing their reading skills and every family goes home with a new book for their home library. Middle and high school students are also involved in AdLit (Adolescent Literacy) within Rutherford County Schools. AdLit provides age appropriate, engaging reading to adolescent readers. Each participant receives a book and participates in group discussions.

How Can You Help?

Volunteers are needed for Imagination Stations. This is a parent-child small group program with preschool age children. Help is needed to prepare the crafts that will accompany a reading activity at various preschool sites.

ESL Tutors Needed: Training will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Sept. 5 from 5:30-7:45 p.m. at 415 N. Maple St. with dinner provided. Both evenings are mandatory to become a tutor. If you are interested in volunteering as an ESL teacher or basic English tutor, contact Elizabeth White at or call (615) 738-7323.

Donations Needed: Gently used children’s books for the Family Literacy program are always needed. These can be dropped off at their offices at 415 N. Maple St.

This year’s Celebrity Spelling Bee will be Thursday, Nov. 7 at The Grove at Williamson Place. This event is Read To Succeeds only fundraiser. Tickets will go on sale in October. Go to  for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVANTS  |  | (615) 223-1391

Adult ESL Classes:  ESL registration is Aug. 27, 9-11 a.m. for morning classes and 6-8 p.m. for evening classes. Each participant needs to bring a photo ID. There is a $25 fee for the student workbook. Basic GED prep classes are available for non-English speakers every Monday & Wednesday 9-11 a.m.

Volunteers Are Needed on Tuesdays and every third Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon to help with the Clothing Closet. 

Donations Needed:  hot dogs, buns, condiments, individual size chip bags, and bottled water are needed for 120-150 adults and kids for the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28. Monetary gifts can be sent through their website at

Contact Tiffany VanDyke at or at (615) 223-1391 for information.

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

Donations Needed for Food Pantry:  canned fruit, canned meat, canned soup stew, single serve microwaveable soup, pasta, mac and cheese, single meals, granola bars and breakfast bars. 

Mark your Calendar!  Greenhouse Game Day will take place Monday, Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Middle Tennessee Expo Center, 1660 Middle Tennessee Blvd.  This year’s speaker will be former NFL quarterback Kelly Holcomb.  Meal provided by Slick Pig.  For free tickets, email

Volunteer Opportunities: Individuals or groups are needed daily to sort clothing, toys and toiletries. Contact Ginny Carr at for more information.

MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES  | (615) 542-4371    |  

Did you know that 25 percent of all caregivers pass away before the person for whom they have cared? The stress and exhaustion can be overwhelming. Mindful Care serves people age 55 or older who have early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other memory issues. Call Keneshia Sweet at (615) 542-4371 for information or go to

Board Members Needed: The organization is looking for board candidates with skills in journalism, marketing, social media and fundraising. If you are interested, contact board president Tom Tozer at

NOURISH FOOD BANK   |  1809 Memorial Blvd. |   (615) 203-3963

Donations Needed: pasta sauce, pasta noodles, ramen, canned meats, dry rice, dry beans, cereal and oats. Please drop off at the Memorial Boulevard location. 

SPECIAL KIDS    |   (615) 893.4892  |

The Special Kids Banquet will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 at Middle Tennessee Christian School beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction.  The Special Kids 1st Annual Fall Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24.  Go to for information.

Contact Kristina Brown at

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