There’s nothing “cooler” than helping others and making a difference in your hometown! So, even though it’s HOT outside, that doesn’t have to deter your efforts to give back. Here are three easy ways you can remain COOL this summer by volunteering or helping with projects that are indoors, under the comfort of air conditioning:
1) Participate in Operation Feed, the corporate food drive benefiting Mid-South Food Bank. Last year, 143 companies participated, raising over $170,000 and donating 36,704 pounds of food. It was a record year; but the 2016 goal is to increase those numbers even further, in order to help more families facing food insecurity here in the Mid-South. Most needed items include canned meats, soups, peanut butter, canned fruits, canned vegetables, and any non-perishable items (no glass containers).
Operation Feed runs now through July 29, 2016. To participate, visit midsouthfoodbank.org/operationfeed or contact Todd Miller at Yuletide Office Solutions, 901-372-8588 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Yuletide Office Solutions makes it easy by providing boxes to fill and verbiage to send out to your team. Simply encourage fellow employees to fill up the boxes by purchasing extra groceries on their next trip to the store; and Yuletide will pick up the boxes and take them to Mid-South Food Bank.
2) Serve as an usher at a theatre or a docent at a museum. Summer is a busy season for many arts organizations across the Mid-South. As a result, volunteers are needed to assist with special events, shows and performances, tours, and other projects. Volunteers can greet patrons at the doors, hand out programs, sell concessions, guide people to their seats, and lead interactive tours. For example, Theatre Memphis is currently seeking ushers for their performance of “Oliver.” Many of these are family-friendly opportunities to serve together and great ways to also catch a show! For more ideas, visit volunteerodyssey.com.
3) Sort books at the library or help with clerical work. Nonprofits need helping hands with everything from data entry to planning transportation routes and sorting books, food, and other donations. For example, the Memphis Public Library and Information Center needs volunteers to process donated books and sort them. Shelby County Books from Birth needs help updating records and ITN Memphis needs volunteer drivers and someone to help coordinate routes. For more ideas, visit volunteermemphis.org.