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Community Matters: Read to Succeed plans Celebrity Spelling Bee – Main Street Media of Tennessee


Friday, October 13, 2023

Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer?  Do you want to invest in your community, but are unsure where your donations will do the most good?  Would you like to know more about the services non-profit organizations in your community provide?  Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.
readtosucceed.org  |  (615) 738-READ  |  415 N. Maple St.
Celebrating 20 Years as a Non-Profit!
Literacy is an essential life skill that is crucial to a child’s future success and imperative to an adult’s entire wellbeing. However, in Rutherford County, 1 in 5 adults lack basic literacy skills. This is where Read To Succeed comes in. Its mission is to bring the gift of literacy to people of all ages in Rutherford County through free programs and events.
The 17th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee will be held Thursday, Nov. 2. The “Bee The Light of Literacy” Celebrity Bee will take place at Saddle Woods Farm, 9522 Franklin Rd. in Murfreesboro.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6:30 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.
How can you help? You may donate directly to the event by purchasing a ticket and/or sponsor an individual Celebrity Bee speller. All funds will go directly towards supporting programs and sustaining literacy partnerships between local providers, educators, community leaders, and business owners.
To make a donation or find information on the 2023 Celebrity Spelling Bee, go to the Read To Succeed website: www.readtosucceed.org/.
ALIVE HOSPICE  |  alivehospice.org |  (615) 327-1085  | 1629 Williams Drive
Tennessee Conference on Children’s Grief, Nov. 9: Join Alive’s Grief Center for a one-day conference for local clinicians, teachers, and community members who want learn about the latest research and clinical developments in working with grieving children and teens. Learn from experts in the field and enjoy a free lunch along and learn about Unscripted Improv! Mental health providers can receive six Continuing Education hours for this event. Register at AliveHospice.org/Conference
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER   | cacrutherford.org  |  (615) 867-9000  |  503 Highland Terrace, Suite C
Turkey Tee Off Nov. 4: The Child Advocacy Center is recruiting event sponsors for the Turkey Tee Off golf tournament on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Smyrna Golf Course, 101 Sam Ridley Pkwy E, Murfreesboro. For more info: (615) 867-9000 or jwauchek@cacrutherford.org
Donations Needed: Large black garbage bags, kitchen garbage bags, bottled water, juice boxes, Clorox wipes, toilet paper, tissues, individually wrapped snacks, and copy paper.
GREENHOUSE MINISTRIES | greenhousemin.org  | (615) 494-0499 |  307 S. Academy St.
Thanksgiving Mobile Food Pantry Nov. 18:  Volunteers and donations are needed.  Please contact Jody at Jody.warren@greenhousemin.org for information about specific food donation needs or to sign up to volunteer.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY  |  rchfh.org   |  (615) 890-5877  |  850 Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nov. 4:  Habitat’s 16th Annual “Cookin’ To Build” event will raise money to build more affordable homes for low-moderate income families.  The event will be held on the Historic Downtown Square in Murfreesboro from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All you can eat tickets are $30 and include bowl to take home and an event tote bag. Tickets available at the event or in advance at Eventbrite.
THE JOURNEY HOME   |  lovegodservepeople.org   |  (615) 809-2643  |  308 W. Castle St.
Monthly lunch volunteers needed:  The Journey Home has an opportunity for a group of 6-8 people to volunteer monthly on the second Saturday of the month to provide, prepare, and serve lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Administrative Volunteer Needed:  A volunteer opportunity as an administrative volunteer is needed; must know Microsoft Office. For either of these opportunities, email Lis at LCouser@LoveGodServePeople.org
JOURNEYS IN COMMUNITY LIVING   |  journeystn.org | (615) 890-4389  |  1130 Haley Rd.
Business Community Partners Needed:  Journeys is seeking community partnerships — places where individuals can volunteer — because volunteering allows them to give back to the community and build the skills they need for employment. They also need businesses that will open their doors for tours to learn about different jobs and businesses where individuals can job shadow.  Most importantly, they need businesses that will hire adults with disabilities.
Donation Needs: 13-gallon trash bags, used or new kitchen refrigerator, Ziploc bags, aluminum foil, toilet tissue, paper towels, laundry detergent, fabric softener, laundry pods, dryer sheets, disinfectant cleaner, disinfecting wipes, dish soap, toilet bowl cleaner, window cleaner, sponges, toilet brushes, scrub brushes, comb/brush sets, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, men’s deodorant, women’s deodorant, shampoo & conditioner, body wash, Dove Men’s Care shampoo & conditioner, shaving cream, bar soap, twin, full, and queen-size comforters and sheet sets, bath towels and washcloths, kitchen towels.
Volunteer Opportunities: home maintenance (painting, lawn work, light repairs, organizing closets, staining patios, raking leaves), car maintenance, car detailing, fundraiser event committee, holiday gift wrapping, providing/serving meals, teaching a class (line dance, cooking, art, music, etc.).
Contact Dana Smith at dana.smith@journeystn.org for information about volunteering and making donations. 
WE REMEMBER YOU  | werememberyoucg.com  |  (615) 801-5570  |  265 W. Thompson Lane
The mission of We Remember You is to educate and support the family caregivers of persons with any kind of dementia-causing disease. In two years, it has grown to host four monthly caregiver in-person support groups at First United Methodist Church, one specifically education-focused group at St Clair Senior Center, and one grief recovery group at First United Methodist Church for family members whose loved one has died with a dementia disease.
Benefit Concert on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. featuring the Mac Frampton Trio at First United Methodist Church, 256 W Thompson Lane. The public is invited and may bring along a loved one with dementia. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For information about either the support groups or the concert contact Lee Ann Hyatt at werememberyoucg@gmail.com.
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