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.

Mindful Care Adult Day Services was started in 2005 with a mission to preserve the highest quality of life possible for adults over 55 with dementia and other frailties of aging. The program offers a regimen of cognitive and physical activities and a respite for their caregivers.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are 5.2-plus million people in the United States stricken with the disease. By 2030, that number will double. There are more than 3,000 victims here in Rutherford County. The disease is called a “living death”; there is no remission or remedy. Caregivers often die before the people in their care, in part due to stress and exhaustion, according to AARP.  Mindful Care is a life-preserver for those afflicted with this mind-robbing disease, and in some instances, a lifesaver for the caregiver.

Mindful Care operates in donated space inside New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro. Its hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Openings are available. Go to www.mindful-care.org for information or call (615) 542-4371.

How Can You Help?

The Mindful Care Spring Bash Benefit is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at Hop Springs Beer Park, 6670 John Bragg Highway. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with appetizers and door prizes. Registration with Eventbrite comes with one free beer ticket.  Admission is free with a $25 suggested donation to support Mindful Care’s Music Therapy Program.

Live music will be provided by Jack Pearson and John Salaway. Limited reserved seating is available at www.hopspringsTN.com/events.

Here are other ways you can get involved in our community:

CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER

The Child Advocacy Center serves over 50 new clients each month. Consider donating the following items: cleaning supplies including Lysol Spray and wipes, bottled water, juices boxes, individually wrapped snacks, toilet paper.

For information on where and when to drop off items, contact Katie at (615) 867-9000 or kenzor@cacrutherford.org. The organization’s website is at www.cacrutherford.org.

DOORS OF HOPE

The Fairway to Hope Golf Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, April 23 at Champions Run Golf Course. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.  Registration cost for a team of four is $400, individuals are $125.  To register, call (615) 900-0634 or go to www.opendoorsofhope.org

GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES

Donations are needed for the food pantry, including pancake mix, jelly, cereal, canned fruit, canned chili, condiments, crackers and cake mix.  There is also a need for packing paper for use in the Garden Patch Thrift Store.

Greenhouse is located at 309 S. Spring St., but donations are accepted at the warehouse entrance in back on Academy Street, Tuesday-Friday between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Ginny Carr at (615) 494-0499 or volunteer@greenhousemin.org for information.

HABIT (Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee)

HABIT is looking for agencies that would like therapy dog visits. These visits could be for clients or staff.  If interested, contact the HABIT Middle Tennessee office at habitmt@utk.edu or call (615) 626-0313.

MID-CUMBERLAND MEALS ON WHEELS

Meals on Wheels currently has 72 elderly folks on its waiting list to receive meals. To help eliminate this list, the organization is having a fundraiser called “Skip Your Snacks”. Challenge coworkers, friends or church group to “Skip their Snacks” for a week or month. The amount of money you would have spent on snacks will be donated to Meals on Wheels. For information, contact Debbie Willis at mow.murfreesboro@mchra.com or call (615) 895-1870.

MID-CUMBERLAND OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM

The Ombudsman Program advocates for the rights of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and homes for the aged in Rutherford County. Volunteers are needed and must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour in-house training. The next training session will be held May 6-7 in Nashville. Contact Cindy Rudolph at crudolph@mchra.com or call (615) 850-3918 for information. 

READ TO SUCCEED

Read To Succeed has an immediate need for volunteers to tutor adult learners along with a need for a volunteer to teach the weekly ESL (English Second Language) class in Smyrna now until May.

Substitute teachers are needed for weekday classes in both the morning and evening at locations throughout Rutherford County. RTS provides training; no previous teaching experience is required. The next teacher training is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 & 31 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the office located at 415 N. Maple St. Call (615) 738-7323 or email alcoordinator@readtosucceed.org for information. Its website is www.ReadToSucceed.org.

SALVATION ARMY  

Donations are needed including ground beef, canned vegetables, paper towels, coffee, tea, sugar, noodles, spaghetti sauce, bottle water, cereal, laundry detergent, liquid hand soap, sandwich bags, serving gloves, plastic forks and spoons and paper plates. Donations may be made at 1137 W. Main St. or contact John Mitchell at (615) 895-7071 or at John.R.Mitchell@uss.salvationarmy.org for information.

Contact Kristina Brown at kristinawbrown@gmail.com.

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