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MyRide TN

MyRide TN

MyRide TN is an expanding, sustainable, senior-friendly volunteer transportation service that has taken root in Tennessee. Volunteer drivers use their personal vehicles to carry older Tennesseans to a variety of destinations, including medical appointments and grocery stores. Rides are provided Monday–Friday and priority is given to doctor appointments.  Interested in becoming a volunteer? Click HERE.


First Lady on Gus the Bus

Gus the Bus

Gus the Bus was started by Peggy Hamby, Director of Food Service and Nutrition for Morgan County Schools. Peggy's vision transformed a former school bus into a colorful cafe on wheels for kids. Each child that comes on board is provided a well-balanced meal and a book to take home. Passengers get to enjoy storytime with Peggy and are taught important facts about nutrition. All produce, dairy and meat provided on Gus the Bus is sourced locally. To learn more about Gus the Bus, click here.

First Lady at Morgan Scott Project

Morgan Scott Project

Tennessee Serves has a special focus on serving our state's distressed counties. As part of that focus, First Lady Lee visited Morgan County in June where she served food to those in need alongside other volunteers at the Morgan Scott Project. The Morgan Scott Project works to serve the elderly, disabled and unemployed of Morgan and Scott Counties. If you are in the area and want to lend a helping hand, click here.

Morgan Scott Project
PO Box 8
1022 Old Deer Lodge Pike
Deer Lodge, TN 37726

First Lady at TGMI sorting event

State of Tennessee Employees Setup Service Project for Active Duty Military and Veterans    

During the months of May and June, the Tennessee Goverment Management Institute organized a drive benefiting the USO of Fort Campbell and Nashville and the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System. Their drive spanned across 20+ state departments, with their final sorting event taking place on June 24. To find out how you can help the USO and Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, visit their websites linked below.

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Kids picking up trash in their community
Kids delivering a meal to a local nonprofit

Service can be simple and fun!

Service can be simple and fun! Check out these kids making a difference by delivering a meal to a local nonprofit and picking up trash in their community. Their parents posted these pictures on social media using #TennesseeServes or #TNKidsServe. Don't forget to share your photos with us as well for a chance to be featured! If you need service project ideas or inspiration, click here.

Lillie and Olen

Lillie and Olen

With one Facebook post, Lillie and Olen collected 403 bottles of hand soap to donate to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Nashville. Their efforts caught the eye of the Cookeville Herald Citizen where they were featured for their outstanding work in serving others. You can read the full piece on Lillie and Olen by clicking here. To learn more about volunteering at a Hope Lodge near you, click here.

A Soldier's Journey Home

A Soldier's Journey Home

In May, First Lady Maria Lee had the privilege of serving alongside first responders in building a home for disabled veteran and Purple Heart recipent, Alex Edwards, and his family. A Soldier's Journey Home is a Hixson-based nonprofit that constructs entire homes from the ground up in two weeks or less at zero cost to the soldier or their family. Volunteers for these builds consist mostly of first responders that willingly use their vacation days to participate. They are always looking for an extra pair of helping hands. To learn more about A Soldier's Journey Home and how you can get involved, click here.

A Soldier's Journey Home
P.O. Box 578
Hixson, Tennessee 37343

GraceWorks Ministries

The first lady and her team recently volunteered at GraceWorks Ministries. GraceWorks is a community resource center serving our Tennessee neighbors who have tangible needs such as rent , utility and food assistance. To learn more about GraceWorks and how to become a volunteer, click here.

GraceWorks Ministries
104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100
Franklin, TN 37064