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Volunteering in Memphis

By November 9, 2009

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Many individuals and families have a beautiful tradition of volunteering their time in a soup kitchen or similar facility on Thanksgiving or Christmas. As wonderful as such sacrificial giving is, it is worth noting that some charitable organizations like the Memphis Union Mission typically fill up their holiday volunteer spots very quickly. The reason for this is that people tend to remember these causes at this time of year.

So who is serving up soup or passing out sandwiches on a random Tuesday in June? Where are the volunteers on a bitterly cold February morning?

Certainly, there are many dedicated people volunteering their time all year long. But if you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer your time and can't find a spot on Thanksgiving or Christmas, consider signing up for another day -- any day -- throughout the year.

Photo by Dina Wakulchik, licensed under Creative Commons

November 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm
(1) Soup Kitchen Locations says:

Hi Teresa,

Here is a list of soup kitchens to volunteer at. This is a huge list. Can you please help us spread the word and get more people involved?


Soup Kitchen Locations

November 17, 2009 at 10:52 am
(2) Teresa R. Simpson says:

Awesome! Thanks so much for the link!

November 20, 2009 at 12:52 pm
(3) Rebecca says:

I noticed that Memphis didn’t have a location noted on your list. Could someone please kindly make a recommendation in the area? New to town-thanks!

January 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm
(4) Brandy says:


Brinkley Heights Baptist Church
3277 Rosamond Ave.
Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 458-0617
Food bank and clothing – anyone

Calvary Baptist Church
3812 Kirby Parkway
Memphis, TN 38115
(901) 795-5407
Food Pantry

Calvary Episcopal Church
102 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 525-6602
Soup kitchen – Hot Breakfast Sundays 8:15a

Catholic Charities, Inc.
1325 Jefferson
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 722-4700
Food pantry and clothing – anyone – M-F 8:00a – 3:00p

Christ the Rock Metro Church
8800 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38125
(901) 751-3333
Clothing – call for hours

Church of the Holy Names
697 Keel Ave.
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 525-9870
Soup kitchen, food pantry, and clothes closet for zip codes 38103, 38105, and 38107 – Call for hours

First Presbyterian Church
166 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 525-5619
Soup kitchen – hot meal Sundays 2:00p

First Works, Inc.
204 N. Second St.
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 526-8228
Food pantry and clothing – anyone – M-F 1:00 – 2:30p

Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
1720 Peabody Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-7425
Soup kitchen – hot meal Sundays 4:00p

Highland Heights United Methodist Church
3476 Summer Ave.
Memphis, TN 38122
(901) 458-5966
Food Pantry

Memphis & Shelby County Health Department
757 Galloway
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 544-7600
Food and immunizations for women, children & infants

Memphis Union Mission
383 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 526-8434
Soup kitchen – daily 11:00a & 5:00p

MIFA – Exchange Store
Call First
(901) 527-0208
Clothing and furniture – anyone – M-F 11:30a – 3:30p

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
277 S. Fourth Street @ Linden
Memphis, TN 38126
(901) 527-2542
Soup kitchen – sandwiches Mon-Thur 1:00-3:00p

United Methodist Neighborhood Center
3000 Walnut Grove Rd.
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 323-4993
Food panty and clothing – anyone – M-F 8:30-11:30a

United Methodist Neighborhood Center
1647 Dellwood
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 357-9538
Food pantry – anyone – M-F 8:30-11:30a

United Methodist Neighborhood Center
602 Looney St.
Memphis, TN 38107
(901) 523-1036
Food pantry and clothing – anyone – call for hours

January 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm
(5) Teresa R. Simpson says:

Thank you so much for that information, Brandy!

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