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Tucker’s House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been developed to partner with families of children with disabilities up to the age of 22 years old and their healthcare providers to provide assistance through specialized retrofitting resources so that their houses can become “home”.

They assist families to retrofit their home to meet their specific immediate, intermediate and long term needs that make their home a place that is not only accessible and safe but also provides an environment to where they can achieve their potential.

Ongoing Opportunities:  

Construction projects

Ideal Volunteers:  

Tucker’s House is always looking for skilled volunteers who have experience with the following:

Framing

Plumbing

Electric

Tile

Flooring

Finish Trim

Painting

To Volunteer: 

Contact Lori Grimes at (615)440-0750 or email lori.grimes@tuckershouse.org

Lori Grimes
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Earth Experience is a natural history museum whose mission is to promote science and education.

The museum has displays of fossils including dinosaurs, rocks, gems and minerals. There is a working jewelry studio where visitors can watch jewelry being made. There is a paleontology lab where dinosaur bones are cleaned and prepared for research and display. Also molding and cast of fossils is conducted in another part of the museum.

Ongoing Opportunities:

Docent: Help give tours and answer questions

Gift Shop: Run cash register

To Volunteer: 

Come to the museum and fill out an application

Alan Brown
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MDA is fighting to free individuals-and the families who love them-from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

MDA provides a wide variety of services including our MDA Care Center at Vanderbilt, our Nashville Muscle Walk, MDA Summer Camp, support groups, and educational events.

As part of MDA’s mission to improve the lives of kids with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases, MDA’s summer camp program for kids ages 6-17 is offered at no cost to families. Children living with neuromuscular diseases face many unique challenges. Their muscles progressively get weaker, these children often lose basic functions such as walking, dressing, eating, talking, or even breathing. MDA relies on the support and dedication of volunteer counselors who are by campers’ sides day and night so they can do all the fun activities that camp has to offer.

Donation Needs:

First Aid Supplies! Sun screen, bug spray, band aids, Neosporin, ibuprofen, alcohol prep pads, pepto bismol, wet wipes, gloves, eye drops, saline solution, hydrocortison, ear drops, toothbrushes, straws, etc.

Sarah Tencer
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First Shot seeks to provide an opportunity for all levels of basketball players (boys and girls) to excel in a safe environment. First Shot also emphasizes the fundamentals and advanced skills of basketball. More importantly, First Shot’s focus is towards building a stronger, more courageous spirit to face opportunities and obstacles that our youth will confront in life.

Outreach
Partnering in our Community for a Better Community

First Shot’s founders know that sports teach kids a lot about life – how to approach difficult situations, how to have courage in the face of fear, how to work with others, and lots more.
First Shot Patterson Skills Academy (FSPSA)

First Shot has had the pleasure of partnering with the Murfreesboro City School System and Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department on the First Shot Patterson Skills Academy. An on-going project, we provide a week long camp during Fall Break, Spring Break and three weeks during the summer. These camps are multi-focused and include:

Basketball
Tennis
Football
Health and Wellness
Music
Dance
Art
Math
Reading
Adults and Coaches – Do you have a passion for service?

If you love kids, have a passion for service and are willing to learn how to coach, they could use your help. First Shot is always looking for volunteers and coaches to help out events. If you’d like to become part of the First Shot team, let them know!

Andy Herzer

Their mission is to enrich the lives of homeless children & youth living in our community.

The children and youth they serve are homeless; they stay in local homeless shelters, run down rent-by-week motels and at times their cars. They serve them because every child deserves to know someone cares about them and that they are not alone in dealing with their day-to-day challenges.

Endure Athletics Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides homeless children and youth a fee-free safe, structured and encouraging environment to participate in fitness, athletics, literacy and Christ centered mentorship. The programs they offer are an After School Program, 9-Week Summer Camp, Special Events and a Saturday Program.

Donation Needs:  Their emergency food pantry can always use items such as granola bars, pop tarts, fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, ravioli, individual servings of mac & cheese, juice boxes and bottles of water.

Events:  They host a Kids Run the Boro 2.62 Mini Marathon/Little Dudes and Dads 1/2 Mile Fun Run in June

To Volunteer:

Please send in a contact form at: http://endureathleticsclub.com/contact/

Jeannie Bigelow
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The Murfreesboro Speedboats is a Special Olympics swim team devoted to helping each swimmer reach their athletic potential.

They offer swim instruction for children and adults with special needs of all ages based on 3 levels: Speedboats (swim team-swimmers can swim the length of the pool unassisted), Tugboats (swimmers under the age of 8 and/or can swim unassisted but not the full length unassisted) and Rowboats (swimmers who do not know how to swim).

Ongoing Service Opportunities:

Practice schedule:

Speedboats Swim Team-Mondays/Thursdays (November 2-December 29) 6:30-7:30pm

Tugboats Swim Instruction-Tuesdays (November 1-December 27) 6:30-7:30

Rowboats-TBD

Donation needs:

Swim Goggles

Volunteers do not have to have extensive knowledge of competitive swimming in order to volunteer, although that is always a plus.

They hope to gain more volunteers in order to begin offering swim lessons for their Rowboats level as soon as possible.

Please contact Marida Balch at murfreesborospeedboats@gmail.com and go online http://www.specialolympicstn.org to fill out all of the necessary paperwork/complete online trainings.

Marida Balch
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Their mission is to provide good, quality used clothing to those in need in North Rutherford County.

Opportunities to serve:

They need people to sort clothing donations during the hours they are open in three hour shifts.

Donation needs:

They need children’s clothing and mens size small and medium clothing. They are always in need of socks and underwear for all sizes.

Hours of operation:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9-3

Saturdays 9-12

They need volunteers that can volunteer once a week, once a month or be a substitute volunteer. Training provided.

Jo Ann Lynch
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Uncle Dave Macon Days is an annual festival which celebrates the roots of America’s music. Uncle Dave Macon Days benefits the annual operations of Macon Music Education which provides classroom experiences in old-time music and dance in area schools. The festival also provides musical and dance tutorial experiences for those who apply and get scholarships to the Macon-Doubler Fellowship. The festival is held the 2nd weekend in July.

Activities include music and dance competitions, live performances, impromptu jams in Cannonsburgh Village, Juried Arts and Craft Show and a Motorless Parade.

Visit their website to view volunteer opportunities.

Gloria Christy
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The Gr8t Chase devotes its energy to passionately advocating for individuals who have found themselves in need of hope, compassion and financial support as they are battling a life threatening disease – cancer.

Cancer isn’t seasonal, and it does not discriminate. Seven children EACH DAY will die of cancer. The death of a child is one of the most traumatic events a family might face leaving them financially and emotionally depleted. They seek your help to relieve some of their burdens.

A letter about Chase: 

Friend,

Chase was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma two days after his tenth birthday. He battled cancer for almost eight months before succumbing to the disease.

Chase was like the sun: Brilliant, radiant, and able to light up the world. He was a rare soul who found caring and loving others an easy priority. Throughout his fight, he still put others needs and wants before his own.

When we was asked by the Make-A-Wish foundation what would he like to have or do, he asked for new gym equipment for his school, rather than anything for himself.

At the end, he didn’t fear dying, he feared being forgotten.

Our goal is to continue his legacy by putting others first, helping where we can, and choosing hope in dark circumstances.

It is our goal to continue to raise awareness for childhood cancer while making it easier on those who live with that disruption of their lives. Helping ease the burden for those in the fight is exactly what Chase wanted to do.

Matthew 17:20 says, “And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief: verily I say unto you, if you have faith as a grain of a mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.”

Chase had a way of leaving you with a mustard seed, and now, we will move mountains for him. It is time to have a “C” word that causes smiles, instead of fear; one that can’t be forgotten: The Gr8t Chase.

Gratefully Yours,

Jennifer Black Yeatts, Co-Founder (and mother of Chase)

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Jennifer Yeatts
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MCCAA has been helping people, improving families and strengthening communities for over 50 years. MCCAA is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency with the goal of providing services, training, and advocacy to individuals to help them become economically self-sufficient. There is an old proverb that says, “Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime”. They agree that it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for them. They are grateful for their many partners in the communities they serve and will continue to improve on their services as they all work together to have a better community for everyone.

Their services include:

Early & Head Start Services

Comprehensive Family Case Management Program

Elderly & Disabled Services

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Weatheriztion Assistance Program

Emergency Assistance-rentt & utilities

Nutrition & Commodity Food Programs

They have ongoing needs with: 

Food Bank

Commodity Distribution-quarterly December, March, June, & September

They accept donations of:

Non-perishable food items

Hygiene-toilet paper, tooth paste, laundry detergent, soap, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, pads, shaving cream, razors, etc.

Quarterly need: 

Commodity Food Distributions

MCCAA greatly needs volunteers each quarter to provide over 650 households with much needed non-perishable food items. Volunteers are needed load, unload trucks, pack boxes and carry to citizens vehicles/apartments during the months of distributions.

Lovita Greer
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Their mission is to empower all survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to develop healthy relationships free from violence. Troupe Survivor offers comprehensive services to survivors and engages in community outreach to educate the public about interpersonal violence and build a network of support for families fleeing abuse.

Their services include:

*Drama/play/art/recreational-based support groups for adults and children

*Referral services to various agencies, including domestic violence shelters and counseling agencies

*Community education

Ongoing needs: Administrative and office help

Donation needs: Arts/crafts supplies, office supplies

Events that use volunteers:

April – Annual BBQ Fundraiser Event

June – Simply Smyrna Community Outreach Event

Sept – Smyrna Depot Days Community Outreach Event

Nov – Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser Event

To Volunteer:

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator via email at jennifer.hamilton@troupesurvivor.org

or visit their website and click the “how you can help” button to submit a volunteer inquiry.

Jennifer Hamilton

Their mission is to provide short and long term supportive programs that focus on personal growth, recovery and education for those who are oppression within our own community.

They are currently providing emergency shelter for women and children and are looking to partner with local churches and small group leaders to engage a unified healing effort within our oppressed community members.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Mentoring groups

Bookkeeping

Supervision

Fundraising/Marketing

Transportation

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: Not Currently

Donation Needs: They are always in need of gas cards, gift cards and Rover bus passes.

Event Volunteers: Not Currently

How to volunteer: Call 615-900-4427

Darla Campbell
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Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, Inc. (YEAH!) builds a creative connected community by providing experiences in the arts for young people. YEAH! believes that artistic education, collaboration, expression, and performance empower youth to become creative, productive and confident members of our community.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  They need musicians, graphic designers, educators, photographers, actors, fundraisers, administrators, web developers, lighting and sound people, recording arts engineers, writers, illustrators…you name it. If you can do it, they can use you! 

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: They are in need of graphic design work and web site development. They are fine with interested volunteers working on such opportunities from their own locations.

Donation Needs:  They are in need of a variety of equipment, especially commercial music equipment, in order to provide for our ever-growing number of students. Digital Cameras, Any and All Musical Equipment, Musical Instruments, PA Systems, Amps, Cables, etc.

Event Volunteers: Rock Block Concert Showcases: Performances where students perform original and cover songs they have written and learned for public audiences. They are always in need of volunteers to work tables/booths, supervise students, sell tickets, etc.  

Tennessee Teens Rock Camp Concert Showcases: Performances where students perform original and cover songs they have written and learned for public audiences. They are always in need of volunteers to work tables/booths, supervise students, sell tickets, etc. 

Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp Concert Showcases: Performances where students perform original and cover songs they have written and learned for public audiences. They are always in need of volunteers to work tables/booths, supervise students, sell tickets, etc. 

How to volunteer: To fill out a volunteer interest application, visit http://yeahintheboro.org/get-involved/volunteer/

Sarah Bandy
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The Way of Hope’s mission is for every homeless woman and child in Murfreesboro to have a comfortable and safe place to sleep and not have to be out in the elements or on the street.

They are an emergency overflow shelter program. Their locations vary from night to night as they are housed in different churches throughout the community. These churches and their volunteers provide a safe place to sleep, a good meal, breakfast and sometimes a sack lunch. Not all of the churches have showers, but a few do, and if available those are a blessing.

SPONSORS

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Shelter monitors, donation management, mentoring, job training assistance

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: Fundraising, event volunteers, food box delivery, furniture delivery, van/bus driver

Donation Needs: They are always in need of toilet paper, paper towels, plastic silverware, paper plates,  disposable cups, garbage bags from kitchen size to outdoor size, contractor bags, rolling suitcases, laundry supplies (washing powder, fabric softener, bleach, dryer sheets) office supplies (for our resource center), body wash, shampoo, conditioner, towels, washcloths, cleaning supplies and womens’ sanitary supplies all kinds.

Event Volunteers: N/A

How to volunteer: Contact Brad at 615-653-8027.

Brad Blomgren
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UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. It is a statewide educational organization, funded by federal, state and local governments, that brings research-based information about agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and resource development to the people of Tennessee where they live and work.

Because Extension emphasizes helping people improve their livelihood where they are located, most Tennesseans have contact with UT Extension through their local county Extension agents found in each of the 95 counties. Extension agents are supported by area and state faculty as well as by the educational and research resources and activities of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 74 land-grant universities, and 3,150 county units throughout the nation. The stated mission of the system is to help people improve their lives through an educational process that uses scientific knowledge to address issues and needs.

They provide information on a variety of subjects, ranging from landscaping to nutrition, from animal health to family money management. These programs are available to all county residents. Extension also gives special attention to youth.


Challenges facing Tennessee’s young people are greater than ever before. Extension’s 4-H youth development program helps youth from 9 to 19 develop self-esteem, leadership and citizenship skills, and gain knowledge in a wide range of subjects. From health to public speaking, from wildlife to photography, 4-H brings tomorrow’s world to today’s youth and encourages advanced education.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  

*The Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) : Cooking/nutrition classes throughout the year in schools, community centers, & other organizations throughout Rutherford County.

*4-H Programs throughout the year (inquire about current programming)

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

N/A

Donation Needs:  

N/A

Event Volunteers:   

They host wellness fairs, 4-H fundraisers, June Dairy Day, Adventures in Ag Day and other activities that use volunteers. 

How to volunteer: 

Contact the office by email or phone. 

Tiffany Schmidt
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The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties improves lives by advancing opportunities for education, health and financial stability for all.

United Way’s volunteer site, http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org, provides opportunities for individuals or groups to volunteer in the areas of education, income, health and rebuilding lives. United Way partners with local programs that meet the most critical needs in our community.

SPONSORS 

 

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:  Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

Donation Needs:   Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

Event Volunteers:  Information available on http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org

How to volunteer: Please visit http://www.unitedwayvolunteer.org for opportunities.

Claire Wilson
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Their mission is to provide new donated toys to needy children in our community at Christmas time. To “bring the joy of Christmas to needy children”. TFTs was originally started in Los Angeles in 1947 by a retired Marine Majors wife. The national program was adopted locally in 1983 by Rose Yost. Murfreesboro Fire Department & the Marines have been involved since its inception in Rutherford County. Many community volunteers assist each year to make this worthy cause successful.

 SPONSOR

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Toy sorting, displaying, decorating the distribution site, registering the families requesting services & distributing toys on pick up day.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs:  New, unwrapped toys

Event Volunteers: N/A

How to volunteer: E-mail toysfortotsrc@gmail.com 

Monica Bowman
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Special Kids is a Christian therapy and nursing center for children with special needs. The ministry is Murfreesboro, TN based, Christ-focused, and ready to serve each family that comes through its doors.  Special Kids’ staff are professionals who are trained and licensed, but first, they’re Christ followers with a God-sized mission to serve Jesus Christ by caring for His children. Special Kids offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy, nursing services (including recreational therapy, peer modeling, and a nutrition program), and a summer day camp. The nonprofit serves children with special needs ages birth to 21 years who have been referred to their organization by a physician.

 SPONSORS

 

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

Special Kids Impact:

Impact is a way for people in the community to support the life changing work at Special Kids. By starting your own fundraiser, you can help provide services for families in need.

Come up with a funny idea, a fun idea, a crazy idea, or a tried and true idea. The point is that you want to do something to help Special Kids. And they want to help you do it.

Impact Special Kids gives you the tools you need to help your fundraising idea become more than an idea. Impact equips you with your own ‘impacter’ profile page where you can post what you’re doing, choose your fundraising goal, add pictures and write as much or little as you want about how your amazing idea is really happening. Your friends can donate, leave you comments and watch your fundraising bar climb as you reach your goal. You can even create a group and invite friends to fundraise and work with you on your idea.  Please contact Jennifer Dillon at jdillon@specialkidstn.com and she can answer any question and get you started.

Donation Needs:

Low Sugar Cereal Bars

Low Sugar Cereal

Low Sugar Instant Oatmeal Packets

Instant Grits Packets

100% Juice NO SUGAR ADDED (Boxes or Bottles)

Low Sodium Canned Veggies

Easy Mac

Dry Pasta

Low Sugar Spaghetti Sauce

Low Sodium Peanut Butter

No sugar added Jelly

No Sugar Added Applesauce

Little Debbie Snacks

Pudding

Soft Cookies

Crackers-Saltines, Ritz, Wheat Thins

Animal Crackers

Goldfish

Soft Soap Honey and Milk Protein Hand Soap

Vaseline Hand Lotion

Johnson and Johnson Lavender Baby Lotion

Dishwasher Detergent

Dish Flower Sponge

Dish Soap Liquid

Fragrance/Dye Free Dryer Sheets

Fragrance/Dye Free Laundry Detergent

Kleenex

Toilet paper

Paper towels

Foil

Ziploc Bags-Sandwich, snack, freezer size

Press and Seal Wrap

Seventh Generation Cleaner

Oust/Febreeze Spray

Lysol Wipes

Diaper Wipes

Diapers-Sizes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Batteries AA, AAA, C, D, 9 volt

Black Pens

Yellow Highlighter

Large Toddler Bibs

Towel Bibs

Washcloths

Band-Aids

Non Latex/Powder Free Gloves

Children’s Motrin

Children’s Tylenol

Children’s Benadryl

Infant Gas Drops

Event Volunteers:

How to volunteer: Contact Toni Laubacher

Toni Laubacher
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Smyrna Heart of Grace was created with the idea that we should help one another out in times of need.

They try to help others find the things they may need. Clothes, household items, even groceries. Whatever it may be, if someone’s child just outgrew all their size 5 clothes, they find another family that can use them.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  NA

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: NA

Donation Needs:

Their donation needs change depending on who is needing help at any given time.

Event Volunteers:

They need helps with their clothing and toy giveaways.

How to volunteer:

Contact Tracy Warrick.

Tracy Warrick
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The Historic Sam Davis Home is a historic treasure set on 168 serene acres in the heart of Smyrna, Tennessee. Open February through December, the site welcomes guests for tours, field trips, an array of special events, weddings and other special occasions, and so much more. The site offers not only a historic home and outbuildings to tour, but also a in-depth museum and a walking trail and arboretum.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Docent Volunteers, Grounds Maintenance, Education Programs, Office Assistance, Summer Camp Counselors

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs: N/A

Event Volunteers:

Heritage Days, Ghost Tours, Easter Eggstravaganza, Days on the Farm, Summer Camps, Wine on the Veranda, Teddy Bear Tea, Summer Soiree

How to volunteer:

To volunteer, you can go to their website to find an application, come to the site, or email education@samdavishome.org

Christina Blane
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