Welcome to Volunteer Germantown, a partnership between the City of Germantown and Volunteer Odyssey, with a goal of bringing to life Germantown's desire to be a community of kindness.
During the development of the Germantown Forward 2030 strategic plan, residents identified "a culture of excellence and kindness" as a community value. Our community has a long tradition of altruism, civic participation, charitable giving and philanthropy. The goal of Volunteer Germantown is to connect you with quality volunteer opportunities that help improve Germantown and the surrounding areas.
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For more information, or to register your Germantown non-profit as a Volunteer Germantown partner,
contact Stacey Ewell at SEwell@Germantown-TN.gov or call (901) 751-7559.
More about Volunteer Odyssey
Volunteer Odyssey was founded in 2012 by Dr. Sarah Petschonek, a Houston High School alumna. In that year, Dr. Petschonek spent 30 days volunteering with 30 different non-profits in Memphis and documenting her journey online. It was a rewarding experience, but a very difficult one in terms of lining up quality volunteer opportunities. Curious whether this problem existed elsewhere, she traveled across the country researching volunteer opportunities in other cities and learning best practices. Dr. Petschonek brought that knowledge back to Memphis and began Volunteer Odyssey.
Volunteer Odyssey focuses on finding high quality volunteer opportunities and creates innovative volunteer programming to ensure that everyone has access to volunteerism. Volunteer Odyssey utilizes a system called Volunteer Compass, a comprehensive tool for volunteers to explore quality volunteer opportunities in our area. With this system, volunteers sign up immediately online or reach out directly to the provided point of contact for various nonprofit partners. All of the non-profit partners on the system have been vetted by a Volunteer Odyssey team member and meet the Volunteer Odyssey quality standards. This clear, direct approach removes the guesswork about which organization to approach and how to get started. It also allows volunteers to envision their impact. The vision for Volunteer Germantown is to be the starting point for your own volunteer journey and to help you become deeply involved in the community.