Volunteering your time and talents is a great way to give back to the community. It can be a little daunting, however, to try and find the best opportunities to fit your schedule and abilities. With that in mind, the following are some of the top volunteer opportunities in the Memphis area. They are in a variety of industries and require varying levels of skill and time. There is almost certainly one for everyone.
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More than 15,000 people call the Memphis Crisis Center hotline each year. Callers are in crises ranging from suicidal thoughts to unemployment, financial problems to depression, and everything in between. Volunteers are thoroughly trained to take calls and assist the callers with their immediate problems, as well as providing them resources for long-term help. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least two shifts per month.
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The Memphis Zoo provides a wealth of opportunities to those who want to volunteer. Individuals, families, and groups can sign up for a variety of jobs including small projects, event workers, and even volunteer docents.
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Mid-South Pride is a festival celebrating the GLBT community in the Memphis area. Volunteers assist with various functions all related to coordinating or running the parade and festival. This is an annual event so it does not have to be an ongoing volunteer commitment for those with tighter schedules.