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Service Opportunities

  • We understand these are difficult times and fulfilling the service hour requirement may be challenging. However, the current situation has created new opportunities for us to serve our community. We encourage our students to get creative in finishing hours. For example, students may do things like yard work for their neighbors who cannot get out. In addition, we have students who are making masks, writing letters to people who are working on the front lines or people who are the nursing homes, or collecting and disposing of neighborhood trash/litter, reading books and posting them for children. All of these activities would be appropriate and would meet our service learning expectations. Again, be creative!
  • Here's another website to help you come up with ideas for community service from home.
  • Visit this website for more ideas on how to help others during the pandemic.
  • Volunteer with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  Go here for more information.
  • Digital volunteers with the Smithsonian.  Go here to learn more.
  • Volunteer with zooniverse.  Go here for more information.
  • 9/11 Day of Service also provides many opportunities for our students.  Go here to learn more.  Also, here.
  • Junior League of Murfreesboro is an organization of women who provide trained volunteers and direct support to make real change right here in Rutherford County.

    Hollyday Marketplace is an annual event featuring merchants and makers who sell holiday décor, crafts, clothing and gifts. All proceeds from Hollyday Marketplace fund our scholarship awarded annually to young women who graduate from Rutherford Co. schools.

    Hollyday Marketplace

    Saturday, December 3

    9a – 4p

    Miller Coliseum

    304 W. Thompson Ln.

    Murfreesboro, TN 37129

    Volunteer Hours: 3 – 6p

  • Plans are now underway for the 5th Annual RCS STEM Expo! This event will take place on Monday, March 20, 2023, at MTSU Student Union Ballroom. The RCS STEM Expo is a county-wide competition where elementary, middle, and high school students present original research that has developed from a complex question, problem, or challenge in the following areas:

    • STEM Research: Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Biotechnology or Medical Veterinary Medicine
    • Engineering: Mechanical, Industrial, Civil, Aerospace, AutomotiveEnvironmental, Biomedical, Chemical or Electrical
    • Technology: Computer programming, games, designing application or designing websites
    • Agricultural STEM: Farming and Animal Husbandry


    For this student-centered event to run smoothly, we need volunteers. Please consider volunteering and spreading the word to other colleagues by forwarding this email to those who might be interested in helpingIf high school students need community service hours, they can volunteer to monitor STEM Stations, tear down/clean up, or run medals. Food and drinks will be provided for all volunteers. See the table below and fill out the following questionnaire to let me know how you can help: 5th Annual RCS STEM Expo Volunteer Questionnairehttps://bit.ly/2023stemexpo.


    Volunteer Area

    Number of Volunteers Needed

    Project Evaluation


    Student Registration


    Provide or monitor STEM Stations


    Set up


    Tear down & clean up


    Data/Scoring Disaggregation


    Medal Runners


    Financial Contributions



    Attached you will find the 5th Annual RCS STEM Expo "Save the Date" flyer. All RCS students grades 5-12 are encouraged to enter the STEM Expo. Please put Monday, March 20, 2023, from 5:30-8:00PM on your calendar—doors open at 4:00PM; students are encouraged to be on site between 4:30-5:00 since project evaluation begins at 5:30; volunteers will need to be on site by 4:30PMMore detailed information will be emailed in October/November and a reminder will be sent in January.


    Stephanie Finley, M.Ed.

    Science & STEM Specialist, 6-8

    Rutherford County Schools

    615-893-5815 ext. 22092 (CO)

    Twitter: @RCS_STEM


  • The music program at Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital is a great way to earn volunteer hours. Their music volunteers sing and play music for visitors in the lobby and patients' rooms. Everyone loves it. They are trying to grow their program so they can have volunteers daily if possible.  They are located in Murfreesboro on Medical Center Parkway and the website is www.healthcare.ascension.org

    Contact person is Bryan Lowe and his email is [email protected] 
  • Murfreesboro Little Theater is hosting the Penguin Project! This is an organization that provides Broadway theater to youth with special needs. These young artists are accompanied on stage by a young mentor. This is an excellent way for students to earn community service hours and have fun working with differently abled people their own age. For more information check out the link. https://www.facebook.com/MLTs-Penguin-Project-107181661680667
  • Collection Drives
    Blood drives, food drives, winter clothing drives, book drives, shoe drives, jean drives, pop tab drives, etc. can all be run with health safety precautions in place. Encourage students to not only donate from their own home, if they're able, but to also practice their communication skills by reaching out to their neighbors and the broader community. Setting personal and group goals can also be a valuable learning experience.
  • The Murfreesboro Community Garden off of State Street is a great place to get hours from February through October of each year.  They meet each Saturday from 10am - noon and offer a variety of outdoor tasks to help with.  They discuss plant biology, soil health, nutrition and food systems on the regular, so there are learning opportunities mixed in with work. Volunteers can find out more at facebook.com/mborogarden or by calling Autumn Shultz at 615-497-5936.
  • A new service learning project with the nonprofit Tree-Plenish would be perfect for our students who are interested in the environment or looking to boost their college application. Tree-Plenish is an environmental organization run by college students to help high schools offset their paper usage by hosting tree planting events. In working with Tree-Plenish, the volunteering student(s) will set a tree goal based on our school’s paper consumption. From there, they will encourage residents to request saplings to be planted in their yard or volunteer to plant saplings on the day of the event. This event would come at no cost to them, and Tree-Plenish will provide mentorship during the planning process and saplings to be planted on the day of the event. It’s like a project in a box!

    These events can be hosted by a single student or a group of students. If you’d like to learn more about hosting an event, make sure to take a look at their video and PowerPoint slides . If you are interested, you can fill out their quick, non-binding interest form to host an event here.

  • Looking for a way to help your local community from the comfort of your home? We're in need of Volunteer ESL (English Second Language) Teachers, Substitute Teachers and Tutors for our upcoming semester. Our fall semester will be conducted entirely online and begin in August.

    We're offering virtual tutor training. After completing this training, you will have the skills and tools necessary to teach our adult 
    learners. The majority of the training is done at your own pace with the final night of training conducted synchronically.
    As always, our services are free to anyone living or working in Rutherford Co. To learn more, email our Adult Literacy Coordinator, Elizabeth White at [email protected]
  • Linebaugh Public Library has had a few policy changes within their volunteer program: All applications must now be filled out online though our website (rclstn.org) and they require all volunteers to be 16 years old or older.
  • LaVergne Lake Elementary is in dire need of some help to clean out their iris beds. Contact Amy McCann at (615) 904-6730 ext30507 or [email protected], if you are interested.
  • Should you have any students interested in volunteering for TN Promise, Goodwill would love for them to choose to volunteer with us. Feel free to reach out with any questions.  If interested, contact
    Billy Birdsong
    Training Coach
    Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
    2955 S. Church St. Murfreesboro, TN 37127
    p/f: 615.346.1818 |  giveit2goodwill.org/why
  • The Barnabas Vision is a faith-based non-profit here in Rutherford County and has numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. They have several great programs which our students might be interested in and they are looking for engaging volunteers to help deliver them.

    Programs include:

    Adopt-A-Grandparent - Volunteers visit those in nursing homes who are isolated and visit with them at least once a month. 

    Healthcare Facility Devotionals - Partner with three different healthcare facilities in Murfreesboro and provide devotionals to them on a weekly basis. 

    After-School Enrichment - Partner with Bradley Academy's BAT program to provide encouragement and enrichment activities every Friday during the school year. 

    Youth Empowerment Zone - A seven-week summer character and leadership development class at Rutherford Pointe Apts in La Vergne to at-risk youth. 

    Encouragement Cards and Bags - Write out encouragement cards to clients who are in their Homelessness Prevention Program. Encouragement Bags are filled with food and hygiene items and distributed to homeless and low-income individuals and families 

    Elderly Support Program - Provide lawn care and cleaning services to those who are disabled or elderly within our community. 

    Summer Internship - Are offered to youth who may have in interest in working with non-profits, community service, or ministry. 

    Visit their website for further information regarding programs and services https://thebarnabasvision.org/. Contact Michael Miller for more information on any of their programs. P:(615) 556-5134  C: (305) 340-9088

  • Tennessee Engagement Center, likely just with upperclassmen who would enjoy being Lab Monitors in the main computer room, needs help staffing the IT Help Desk.  Volunteers may even have the option of teaching a computer class.  Contact Kathleen Tyree at 615.225.8312 or [email protected] if you are interested.
  • The Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Center (TSEC) is a research and outreach arm of MTSU, aimed at improving K-20 STEM education both locally and nationally.  TSEC partners with internal and external stakeholders to identify and address critical issues that impact access, equity, innovation, and leadership through collaborative activities, sponsored projects, and dissemination products at professional meetings and in practitioner and research journals. TSEC currently sponsors several high-profile annual events including the STEM Education Research Conference, the STEM Expo, and Posters at the Capitol, and invites the MTSU community to fulfill and refine the TSEC mission and vision through its involvement in existing programming or by initiating a conversation with us about how to better serve our constituencies.  If interested contact Dr. Gregory T. Rushton at [email protected].
  • The Board of Directors of Mindful Care Adult Day Service in Murfreesboro is looking for help. They work with elderly clients who suffer from Dementia/Alzheimers. They have several fundraising events coming up in which they are in need of volunteers to help out in their events. This opportunity can provide students of many hours throughout the school year. If interested, contact Jennifer Hatfield at [email protected] 
  • The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee can always use help from 6-12 graders.  Contact regional executive Dawn Rhodes at 615.690.7057 or [email protected] if you are interested.
Auburn Summer Camps for Middle School students
Auburn Youth Program for High School
Bank of America for rising 11th & 12th graders
BEP Business St Farm camp for grades 7-8
BEP Camp MD Information and Application grades 6-8
BEP Stem X camp for grades 6-8
Brown Leadership Institute for grades 9-12
Camp MD for grades 6-8
Carnegie Mellon Math and Science Summer Program for seniors
Carnegie Mellon Summer Program for Diversity
Cornell University Summer College for 10th - 12th graders
Cubes in Safe Summer program ages 11-18
Discovery Center Camp Counselor
Duke Summer College for High School students
Duke Summer Academy for grades 9-12
Duke Summer Honors Program for Middle School students
Indiana University Summer Journalism Workshop
Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program for rising 8th graders
John's Hopkins Engineering Innovation
Louisiana State University Pre-College 
Miami of Ohio Summer Scholars Program for 11th & 12th graders
MTSU Innovation J-camp for high school students
MTSU Summer Language
MTSU Summer Youth Camp
Mississippi State Summer Programs
NYU Precollege summer program
Purdue Gifted Education Resource Institute for grades 5-12
Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Program
Samford Minority Youth Science Academy grades 10-12
Sewanee Pre-Health & Science program
Sewanee Young Writers
SIU Engineering Camp
Smith Pre-college Programs
Society of Military Engineers summer camps
State Farm Business Camp for 7th & 8th grades
Stemex camp for 6-8 grade
St. Thomas Junior Volunteer Program
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute for grades 8-11
Summer Institute for the Gifted for ages 9-17
Texas A & M summer programs
Tulane emerging Scholars Program
Tufts Summer Study Program
University of Illinois Summer camps for science & engineering
University of Michigan Engineering camp
University of Penn Youth Scholars Program for high school
University of Tennessee Vet program
University of Washington Summer Programs grades 6-11
US Army Stem Programs all grades
Vanderbilt Summer Academy
Villanova University Entreprenurship Challenge
Washington University St. Louis Summer Experiences
William & Mary Enrichment program grades 6-12
Yale Summer Scholars Program for 10th & 11th graders