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.
Tucker’s House is always looking for skilled volunteers who have experience with the following:
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.
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.
Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Outreach are ongoing opportunities with Wildlife Rescue having the greatest need most days.
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.
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.
Dry cat and dog food
55 gallon trash bags
Brown & white rice
Bird Seed (with and without sunflower seeds)
Bedding (towels, sheets, pillowcases, blankets)
Fresh or frozen produce
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.
Music and Memory Groups
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!
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.
Businesses and individuals are always welcome to sponsor a monthly Bingo Game or other.
Their mission is to provide health, healing and hope for the veterans of the United States of America. To ensure that all veterans are physically healthy and psychologically strong using the most accessible and advanced forms of aquatic therapies.
Services Provided Include:
The Veterans’ Aquatic Rehabilitation Fund allows physical therapists, rehab specialists, and other specialists to help veterans perform and excel in physical activities that include physical therapy, rehab, aerobic fitness, endurance and strength training, cardiovascular health, healthy body composition, and flexibility. This fund will help to deliver the best healthcare to veterans through physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, nutrition, and rehab training. Veterans that want to become more mobile, to perform physical therapy, and to walk again can with the use of a medical rehabilitation clinic and therapeutic exercise facility that utilizes all of the benefits of private, warm water therapy pools and advanced rehab equipment (underwater treadmills, underwater bicycles, and underwater parallel bars, etc).
Physical and Occupational Therapy
All of the aquatic physical therapy is done in heated therapy pools. This allows for anyone to be able to stand again. The pressure, heat, and buoyancy of the water help to increase circulation, reduce pain, and provide support for the body to walk normally.
The physical therapists and occupational therapists use the most advanced rehab equipment in the country. This includes private, warm water therapy pools, underwater treadmills, underwater bicycles, underwater parallel bars, chairlifts, built-in benches, underwater platforms, exercise bars, massage jets, and upper body aquatic medical exercise and therapy equipment.
Includes rehab specialists that are trained in personal training, Yoga, Tai Chi, and other specialty areas to help veterans walk again and improve their mobility.
Provide health coaching, motivation, encouragement, and weight loss plans. It is proven that people perform better when they are held accountable.
Provide nutrition plans and teach veterans how to cook healthy meals with their disabilities. Free consulting with Registered Dietician.
Calculate and track blood sugar, BMI, body fat percentage, blood pressure, oxygen level, and other vital measurements.
Provides the benefits of traditional massage with the added benefit of heat. During HydroMassage, no one touches you, you keep your clothes on, and you can customize the location and pressure of your massage. These benefits are a great combination to help with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and those that do not like to be touched.
Medical Massage jets in therapy pools
Massage helps to break down scar tissue, to remove lactic acid buildup from muscles, to increase circulation, to relieve pain and soreness, and to provide relaxation.
The Veterans’ Aquatic Rehabilitation Fund helps veterans approach life’s challenges in a positive, optimistic way by teaching self-control, stamina, and good character to make better choices and actions.
Therapists and Counselors provide support with emotion health such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide, or other issues.
Individual or small group therapy sessions with other veterans. This helps veterans open up, share with each other, and relate. It builds a sense of community among veterans.
Yoga and Tai Chi
These forms of exercise have been proven to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety. They are also slow exercises that anyone with a disability can do in the water where they cannot perform the same exercise on land.
Massage has been shown to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety.
The Veterans’ Aquatic Rehabilitation Fund believes that One’s purpose, core values, beliefs, identity, and vision define the essence of a person, enable one to build inner strength, make meaning of experiences, behave ethically, persevere through challenges, and be resilient when faced with adversity. An individual’s spirituality draws upon personal, philosophical, psychological, and/or religious teachings, and forms the basis of their character.
Connect veterans with local prayer groups.
Take prayer requests from members and have groups pray for them.
Military small groups
Connect veterans with local veteran small groups that meet at local churches, other religious centers, or homes.
Provide free Bibles to veterans.
Access to Chaplains
Provide point of contact information of chaplains that want to help veterans. Chaplains are veterans or current service members who want to continue to help veterans.
Provide spiritual mentors who are mature in their faith to fellow veterans.
The Veterans’ Aquatic Rehabilitation Fund is devoted to developing and maintaining trusted, valued relationships and friendships that are personally fulfilling and foster good communication including a comfortable exchange of ideas, views, and experiences.
Social events and gatherings
Provide social events where veterans can gather, share, and meet new people.
Safe social experiences and events
Provide welcome home events from deployments, tours of duty, hospitalizations, and other special occasions in our private heated therapy pools.
We provide warm water volleyball, color changing led lights for the pool water, music, presentation media, and a reception area for snacks. We have benches in the water for those who need rest while playing and performing group exercise.
We are always looking for steady handed volunteers to help make our outreach a success! VARF is ran all by volunteers. We have an amazingly diverse team of community members that want to help our community’s veterans receive the highest quality rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise available in the United States.
We are currently looking for volunteers for:
Licensed Medical Practitioners
Health and Wellness items are appreciated such as yoga items, recreational, fitness, gift passes to community places like the zoo, discovery center, movie cinemas, and places that veterans and spouses can enjoy a healthy meal.
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
The Senior Citizens Awareness Program serves our seniors as they have served us. They are a team of volunteers led by E.T. Guice who check each week and visit at least monthly the 80 plus senior citizens in the SCAN program.
Following a referral and then an assessment visit (at the referred person’s home) the candidate is offered the opportunity to join the program. Once they agree they are assigned to a volunteer who then follows or visit them weekly just to see how they are doing, their health, food, medical needs, general conditions and needs. Sometime they just need conversation, other times they may need food, someone to pick up medications, or minor home repairs. We strive to make their lives better by making it easier for them to live at home and know they care.
Ongoing Needs Include:
Assignment of SCAN program members for weekly phone visits or at least monthly visits.
As a representative of the Rutherford County Sheriffs Office, volunteers wear uniforms, travel in pairs, and use official Sheriffs vehicles.
Three times a year they host parties for all SCAN members.
Off-site Service Opportunities:
Web site development and maintenance
Just about anything you would need in your own home
E.T. Guice at 615-878-6986
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.
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
They need volunteers that can volunteer once a week, once a month or be a substitute volunteer. Training provided.
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.
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.
Jennifer Black Yeatts, Co-Founder (and mother of Chase)
Their mission is to take veterans on outdoor adventures and to raise awareness of P.T.S.D.
They plan to have one major fishing event per year, and many other events to include going to NASCAR races, Titans games, rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, hunting, golf, etc.
They want to help veterans with the transition back into civilian life and let them personally know that a lot of people wish to thank them for their service to our country.
To volunteer, contact them by phone or fill out the form on their website that says “join.”
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
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.
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.
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
*Yarn (Red Heart Supersaver yard preferred. 2 skeins per shawl)
How to volunteer:
Contact 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.
The VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System is committed to improving the health of Veterans through a comprehensive and high quality system, which focuses on each patient’s special needs. The integrated system provides an environment that fosters healthcare research and encourages learning and growth for veterans, family and staff.
TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury, outpatient care and a full range of extended care and mental health services. The Nashville Campus is the only VA facility that supports all solid organ transplant programs, including total in-house kidney and bone marrow transplants. The Alvin C. York Campus is a network referral center for mental health services, geriatrics, and extended care. TVHS provides a full range of specialized medical services.
Opportunities to serve ON SITE:
Volunteer Shuttle Drivers- Volunteer shuttle drivers transport Veterans, family members, visitors and staff from the parking lot to buildings on campus. Shuttle drivers must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Tennessee driver’s license, provide proof of insurance and complete driver training annually. Volunteers must possess excellent communication and people skills. They request that volunteer drivers commit to at least one 4 to 8 hour shift per week between 7:30 a.m. and 4p.m.
Voluntary Service Office Receptionist- Duties include answering phones, greeting customers, filing, copying and taking messages. A volunteer is needed Tuesdays and Thursdays for a 4 to 8 hour shift between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Excellent communication and people skills are a must.
Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:
Needed items include:
New or gently used men’s and women’s clothing
Assorted personal hygiene items (examples include: shampoo, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
Audio books on CD (cannot accept cassette tapes)
Movies (DVDs only)
Gift Cards to gas stations and grocery stores
Current Magazines (within 4 months)
How to volunteer:
Interested volunteers should contact the Voluntary Service Office at 615-225-4533 to obtain an application packet. Volunteers will be required to have a tuberculosis skin test, background check (if 18 or older) and attend a new volunteer orientation session.
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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
They are a coalition of immigrants, refugees and allies working to lift up fundamental American freedoms and human rights aiming to build a strong, welcoming and inclusive Tennessee.
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition provides innovative English classes in the Smyrna community. This is an innovative program that blends online English learning games and interactive classroom learning. Volunteers will help facilitate conversations and small group activities.
Opportunities to serve ON SITE:
ESL classes will be held in 11 week cycles in the fall and spring. Volunteers can choose from morning and evening classes, and they are looking for a commitment of at least once a week during the class cycle.
Opportunities to serve OFF SITE:
How to volunteer:
To volunteer, call or email Mary.