Middle Tennessee Wildlife Rescue (MTWR) is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife through rescue, rehabilitation and education. They combine advance veterinary techniques with wildlife rehabilitation to ensure the most successful outcome for thousands of displaced animals. They work with the community to spread awareness of the affects of Middle Tennessee’s growth on local wildlife populations, and provide wildlife education to the public.

Services Provided:

1. Wildlife Rescue- pickup and transportation of wildlife from citizens throughout Middle Tennessee

2. Wildlife Rehabilitation- Provide nursing care to orphaned or injured wildlife.

3. Wildlife Outreach Education- Traveling to local groups (scouts, clubs, teams, etc..) using non-releasable wildlife to inspire conservation efforts.

Ongoing Opportunities

Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Outreach are ongoing opportunities with Wildlife Rescue having the greatest need most days.


Birdhouse Fun-

Kids are invited out to build bird houses. Volunteers are needed to help cut out birdhouse pieces ahead of time and help the little ones piece them together.

Worm Cafeteria-

Kids learn all about earthworm composting and setup their own mini composting farms.

Wildlife Photo Day- people are allowed out to take photos with unreleasable wildlife, either socialized by hand rearing or extensive hands-on training.

Donation Needs

Dry cat and dog food

Paper towels


55 gallon trash bags

Distilled water

Brown & white rice

Dried beans

Peanut butter

Bird Seed (with and without sunflower seeds)




Bedding (towels, sheets, pillowcases, blankets)

Fresh or frozen produce

frozen meats

To Volunteer

Visit their volunteer page and follow the link at the bottom of the page to apply for volunteer opportunities. http://www.mtwr.org/volunteer-program.html

Aviceen Barlatier (Avi)

NHC serves the needs of their patients through a full spectrum of services, offering a range of specialized services in five separate wings, allowing them to provide a continuum of highly focused care for patients of varying health needs and skill levels in a comfortable, attractive setting.

Ongoing Opportunities

Music and Memory Groups

Bible Study

Craft Activities

Exercise Groups

Bird Watching

Patio Patrol

and so many more!

They are looking for volunteers interested in enriching the lives of seniors in the community. There are many opportunities available for families, music groups, music individuals, artists, local groups, therapy pets and more! The hours are flexible and they would love to meet with you today. Contact Callie Weatherford in Recreation to get started volunteering today!

Callie Weatherford

Creekside At Three Rivers Assisted Living offers unparalleled senior living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Their senior residents are treated like family and receive uncompromising, personalized care in a community filled with comprehensive services. Creekside At Three Rivers Assisted Living options span a wide range of senior care needs from assisted living and memory care, to respite care and our adult day program.

The Activity Department’s Mission is to provide each resident with activities to meet their individual needs. Providing Mind, Body and Spirit with sensory activities that they enjoy.

Opportunities On Site

They provide a variety of fulfilling opportunities from a one-on-one visit with a resident to assisting with a community-wide project. You may share your own ideas for a volunteer project, too.

Reading to a resident
Reading the bible to a small group
Eagle Scout or Girl Scout Gold Award, National Honor Society projects
Singing, entertaining or playing an instrument
Assisting with special activities or projects
Offering “Candy Stripper” cart to residents
Group Activities: such as calling Bingo, Craft Project, etc.
Showcasing your talent such as making jewelry, pottery, stain glass, collection, photos, etc.

Off Site Opportunities

They love Busy Lap Blankets for their Memory Care residents. Watch TV and make a blanket or two. They have the supplies if you have the time.

Donation Opportunities

Businesses and individuals  are always welcome to sponsor a monthly Bingo Game or other.

Volunteer Info

Volunteers must be 17 year or older. Under 17 years they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please contact Kim for more information (kimberlyhoneycuttboro@yahoo.com).

Kimberly Honeycutt

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

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

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

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: 


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)


Jennifer Yeatts

Stones River National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service that preserves, protects, and promotes understanding of the significant sites and historic events associated with the Battle of Stones River, fought during the American Civil War.

The park provides a wide variety of public services including a visitor center and museum, self guiding tour road, and more than seven miles of trails.

Events:  Annual Volunteer Project Days – Park Day (mid-April) & National Public Lands Day (last Saturday of September

Individual Volunteer Opportunities:  Administration Assistant, Exotic Plant Management, Maintenance Assistant, Museum & Library management, National Cemetery Headstone Cleaning & Visitor Services Assistant, Scouting Service Projects

Individual volunteers may go to http://www.nps.gov/stri/getinvolved/supportyourpark/vipopps.htm and apply online for one or more ongoing opportunities.

Volunteer groups may contact Volunteer Coordinator Jim Lewis by phone or email to set-up a service project.

Court appointed volunteers must call 615-893-9501 and schedule their service.

Jim Lewis

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

Their mission is to wrap women with breast cancer and undergoing Chemotherapy in Middle Tennessee in peace, warmth, love and healing.

They crochet and knit prayer shawls that are donated to breast cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Most of their donations go to Tennessee Oncology in Murfreesboro, but from time to time they do things for the children with Cancer at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. 

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  


Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

*Crochet or knit prayer shawls 

Donation Needs:  

*Yarn (Red Heart Supersaver yard preferred. 2 skeins per shawl)

Event Volunteers:   


How to volunteer: 

Contact Teresa Wrather Kant

Teresa Wrather Kant

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.


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

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:


Donation Needs:  


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

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.



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

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.


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

Their goal is that every interaction with a resident or family member reflects the philosophy of Sunnington. They want their residents to be as comfortable as possible in their new home, while ensuring their privacy and their optimum level of independence.

Located in the heart of the community is the living room where seniors can visit with family and friends. Feel like a treat, the ice cream parlor or the Café is the place to be. Or take a stroll along the beautifully landscaped grounds and stop for a rest in the gazebo.

It is a community where residents can learn, grow, relax and enjoy their new home. It may be something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee on one of the patios with a friend or reading a book in the library. Or you may select to dine with a group in the beautiful dining room or enjoy a special dinner with family in their private dining room.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  Volunteers are needed to teach classes to the residents.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: NA

Donation Needs:  NA

Event Volunteers: NA

How to volunteer: Complete an application at the location.  You will be contacted by the activity director for an interview.

Kimberly Honeycutt

Stones River Manor was Murfreesboro’s first assisted living facility and remains Rutherford County’s only faith-based, not-for-profit senior living community. They provide independent living apartments and five levels of assisted living care. Their Assured Care Center, a 22-bed Alzheimer’s and dementia care facility, was the first licensed Alzheimer’s care facility in an assisted living center in the state of Tennessee. The Manor also offers a full slate of on-campus clinical and therapy services.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Their activities department and maintenance department are the two most commonly associated with volunteer work, but scouts have taken on special projects, groups often visit to provide entertainment programs and individuals may visit one-on-one with residents. Adult women are invited to join their Ladies Auxiliary Program.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: N/A

Donation Needs:  N/A

Event Volunteers:

They have an annual homecoming week, men’s picnic, ladies tea, yard sale, crafts fair and a number of other events each year.

How to volunteer: Contact them by phone or email to discuss the type of volunteer work you desire. Volunteer applications may be obtained at their front desk.

Kandie Smith

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.



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


Soft Cookies

Crackers-Saltines, Ritz, Wheat Thins

Animal Crackers


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


Toilet paper

Paper towels


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



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

The Smyrna-Lavergne Food Bank provides free groceries to families who live in North Rutherford County and who are experiencing an emergency situation. Families may come every 30 days as long as they remaim in an emergency.



Opportunities to serve ON SITE:  N/A

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE: They encourage people who have gardens to donate their excess produce to the food bank. The families they serve really appreciate fresh produce provided by local gardeners.

Donation Needs: The Smyrna-Lavergne Food Bank is always collecting food, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Any group or individual who would like to conduct a food drive or donate personally is encouraged call the office to coordinate the activity.

Event Volunteers: N/A

How to volunteer: Contact the office at 615-355-0697 to set up an appointment for filing out an application. At that time they will discuss their needs and how the new volunteer can help.

Ladawna Parham

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Their programs:

Homeless men and family back-to-work overnight (including Third Shift) sheltering program, called “Life Recovery Program;” life skills classes (English and Spanish); youth character building and discipleship programs including a music conservatory; visitation to homebound seniors and nursing homes in our county; educational family development programs; community dinner every night of the year and more.

Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

Volunteers are needed to be mentors to the people in their Life Recovery Program. Options for both men, women and family units are available. This requires one point of contact per week (meal at the Salvation Army or elsewhere, phone call, email, etc) between the mentor (mentoring family) and the person/family in the Life Recovery program for at least the first ten weeks. At the completion of the program the relationship is agreed upon between the mentor and their mentee as to whether or not to continue. Many of their folks just need someone to hear their story and need a little encouragement. This is a great way to get involved directly with someone’s life in an environment with established boundaries and structure.

Volunteers are needed daily from 3:00-6:00pm to help serve dinner to an average of 70 people in the community each day.

Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis in their Family Store at 125 S. Front Street, 615-624-8213, to help sort donations and support the mission of the store which is to fund the Life Recovery Sheltering program.

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

During the holidays they need a bell ringer coordinator who can work off site.

Donation Needs:

*Vegetables for the community meal–canned or fresh. This is their biggest need for the shelter and is ongoing.

*Hygiene items that they stuff and give away to the transient population they serve (shampoo, razors, shaving cream, feminine products, etc).

 *Baby diapers

Event Volunteers:

Their largest need for volunteers (particularly groups) is with bell ringing at one of their 30 red kettle locations in the county between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Lt. Monica Seiler, 615-895-7071, or salvationbellringers@gmail.com is the best way to schedule. Volunteers man a kettle location by ringing a bell and collecting donations in the red bucket (no money handling occurs by volunteer) and spreading Christmas hope and cheer as potential donors are greeted.

Volunteers are needed in the Christmas warehouse (our 3,500sq ft gym) with the Angel Tree Program which runs mid-November to mid-December. Volunteers help sort gifts making sure they make it to the donor’s designated child and family. Teresa Olson, 615-895-7071 or teresa_olson@uss.salvationarmy.org is the contact person.

Volunteers are needed early December to help stuff about 1,500 Christmas gifts for seniors in nursing homes that are individually visited and distributed. Lt. Monica Seiler is the contact for this at 615-895-7071 or monica_seiler@uss.salvationarmy.org

How to volunteer:

Contact Teresa Olson at 615-895-7071 or Teresa_Olson@uss.salvationarmy.org and schedule a time to visit with her and complete a volunteer application. The potential volunteer can also view volunteer job descriptions, tour their campus and find a match with something they are passionate about.

To work directly with children volunteers must complete Safe From Harm, a child abusive prevention, training provided on-site and have a background check completed before beginning.

To volunteer at the Family Store Mark Sheridan (manager) can be contacted at 615-624-8213. The majority of court ordered volunteers serve there.

Teresa Olson

The mission of The Rutherford Romp Foundation is to support charities who are based in Rutherford County. Through the Foundation, they impact the lives of the residents of Rutherford County in almost every area. Their main event every year is The Rutherford Romp 5k Run/Walk and Fun Run. Through this event, participants are given the opportunity to choose which organization to support. They can select from a list of Rutherford County based charities and “leave their footprint” on that organization! It is truly a race for the people!


Opportunities to serve ON SITE:

See event volunteers

Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:

See event volunteers

Donation Needs:


Event Volunteers:

Volunteer opportunities will revolve around the staging of the Rutherford Romp, their annual 5K Walk/Run and Fun Run.

How to volunteer:

To volunteer, email volunteer@rutherfordromp.com.

Cheryl Delor
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