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.
February Focus: Amelia’s Closet
The way we dress affects the way we think, the way we feel, the way we act and the way others react to us. Amelia’s Closet assists women in making a great first impression and in being a valuable employee.
The organization helps to reduce poverty in our community by preparing women for sustainable employment. They prepare women recovering from hardship for sustainable employment by providing two free interview outfits, interview tips, inspirational scripture and a head-to-toe makeover gift certificate.
Upon being hired, clients can return for a week’s wardrobe. During the three-month follow-up, if the client remains employed, they can return for another seasonal wardrobe.
Clothing Donations are accepted on Tuesdays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Each month on social media, Amelia’s Closet posts the items most needed. Here are guidelines for what they accept:
Business & Business Casual—suits, blazers, cardigans, shirts, blouses, skirts, dresses, dress pants, shoes, boots, belts, coats, jackets, handbags, portfolios, briefcases, jewelry, bras, slips, tights, and leggings.
Casual—Scrubs, jeans, plain (no graphics) T-shirts, sneakers.
No wool items (except winter coats), linen, turtlenecks, or pullover sweaters will be accepted.
The shop is located at 810 NW Broad St., Suite 10, in Murfreesboro and is by appointment only. Contact Jody Powers at [email protected] or call (615) 584-9029 for information.
Alive’s Camp Forget-Me-Not is accepting applications for campers and volunteers. Camp will take place Aug. 13-14 at YMCA’s Camp Widjiwagan for kids and teens (8-17) who have experienced a significant loss. Teens will have their own space and schedule to keep their experience exclusive and special for their age group. Register at www.AliveHospice.org/Camps.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the CAC is hosting two events: Cannon Runs for Children on Saturday, April 2 and the Hometown Heroes Walk for Children on Friday, April 29. Contact Katie Enzor to become an event sponsor at (615) 867-9000 or at [email protected].
Donations Needed: KN-95 masks, blank DVD’s, copy paper, bottled water, toilet paper, and paper towels.
To schedule the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention training for a church, business, civic group, school, or daycare, contact Carrie Norvell at (615) 867-9000 or [email protected].
Doors of Hope will soon offer a no-fee residential drug treatment center for women who do not have insurance and cannot afford a fee for substance use disorder treatment. If you are interested in donating to this new facility, contact the office at (615) 900-0634 or go to opendoorsofhope.org.
Donations Needed: personal hygiene items, bath and kitchen towels, bedding, and cleaning supplies.
Volunteers Needed: If you would be willing to serve as a mentor for the women in their program, contact Wendy Randolph at [email protected].
Greenhouse is now officially in its new building located at 307 S. Academy St. in Murfreesboro. It has more classroom space, a health clinic, private rooms for counseling, and a rehabilitation program for men. The Garden Patch Thrift Shoppe has expanded in the old building to include maternity, scrubs, men, books, linens, and vintage selections.
Donations needed: canned fruit, canned beans, Hamburger Helper, oatmeal, cereal, canned pasta, pancake mix, syrup, crackers, cookies, canned chili, body wash and bar soap, deodorant, Ziploc bags (any size), and plastic linen bags.
Volunteers needed: Volunteer Orientation is every Thursday at 10 a.m. There are a variety of ways to volunteer at Greenhouse. You can serve as a “host” to clients in the personal shopping area, or sort donated items in the Warehouse or Food Pantry. You might serve as a peer counselor or teach one of the many classes offered during the week. If you know how to repair appliances, Greenhouse needs your skills. Greenhouse is open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 28 will be the next Mobil Food Pantry.
Volunteers are needed to provide, prepare, and serve lunch on Thursday, March 17 in The Journey Home’s Community Café.
Donations Needed: single-use toiletries, bug repellent and sunscreen. Donations are accepted Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Save the Date for The Journey Home’s Spring Fish Fry scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Lighthouse Baptist Church.
MINDFUL CARE ADULT DAY SERVICES
Mindful Care strives to preserve as much joy and dignity and create the highest possible quality of life for loved ones, age 55-plus, who have early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. The non-residential day services allow family members to continue working if necessary and offers a reprieve from the daily stress of caregiving.
Thanks to a generous donation from a loyal supporter, Mindful Care is offering five days free to any new family who enrolls a loved one for at least 20 days. Mindful Care will charge only for 15 days, saving the family $250. The standard fee is $50 per day, $40 for a half day.
Mindful Care is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 265 West Thompson Lane, in Murfreesboro. For information, call (615) 542-4371.
Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s 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. 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: Volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16-hour training class May 4-5. Contact Cindy at [email protected] or call (615) 850-3918.
In March, Read To Succeed is kicking off Family Literacy Nights for 2022. At these events, students from the participating schools are invited to a night of reading and eating. Each family in attendance will receive a free book and a free meal provided by community partners. Donations of gently used books are needed to give to out during Family Literacy Nights. Email [email protected] for more information.
Volunteers Needed: For the Rutherford Heart Ball on Saturday, March 5. The event will be held at The Grove at Williamson Family Farm. This event is an incredible way to honor someone you’ve lost or to help bring awareness to family and friends. To sign up to volunteer or purchase tickets, contact Kendyl at [email protected] or (615) 441-4418 for information.
Register now for SE-YA Book Fest 2022. All events hosted via Crowdcast. Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11 are Student Only Days. Community Day is Saturday, March 12. Go to the website to register for Community Day events, purchase books, and find more information. As this year is a fully virtual event, all sessions require registration.
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