Find Volunteers For Your Organization With JustServe

JustServe is a nonprofit website that is building unity through community service. If your organization is in need of volunteers contact JustServe and see how your group can benefit by partnering. JustServe Community Service Guidelines: 1. The best service opportunities are collaborative—working side by side with others in faith-based, nonprofit, community, and government organizations. 2. Community service opportunities should enhance the quality of life in the community and assist the poor and needy. 3. JustServe projects should not have a political or advocacy focus, be for-profit oriented, or directly involve volunteers in fund-raising or other prohibited activities.

Become a Broken Chains Member

The Broken Chains are bikers and bike enthusiasts who have experienced Freedom from hurts, habits, and hang ups through the ministry of Celebrate Recovery.
Their purpose is to share the healing power of Jesus Christ by serving in and promoting the ministry of Celebrate Recovery while continuing to grow in personal, individual recoveries.
Members must be CR Leaders or regular attendees to a specific Celebrate Recovery Ministry, must be committed to their own personal recoveries, and must be Bikers or Motorcycle Enthusiasts who have a love for motorcycles and embrace the Christian Biker lifestyle.

Join or Create a Prevention Group

Many high schools and colleges are requires to meet certain prevention policy requirements. Students can help by joining an already existing prevention group or collaborating with school officials to create their own. Prevention groups works to educate and spread awareness by connecting students to resources available in their community.
Once a prevention group is established faculty and students can work together to:
-Host educational/informational events
-Post informational print material
-Invite guest speakers (Lifeline Peer Project, local coalitions, ect…)
-Participate in Count It, Lock It, Drop It events
-Team with local coalitions for ideas and support
-Participate in National Drugs and Alcohol Facts Week
-Participate in National Drugs and Alcohol Chat Day
-Host a film screening
-Hold Q and A seminars

These are just a few examples of what can be done around your school or college campus!

Find Volunteer Opportunities with JustServe

JustServe is a nonprofit website that is building unity through community service. The site lists hundreds of ways volunteers can get involved in their community and make a difference today!
How it Works: 1. Find a project by searching location2. Volunteer3. Improve your community!

Participate in Red Ribbon Week

The Red Ribbon Campaign motivates communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.
Created in 1980, The National Family Partnership, formerly the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was established by concerned and determined parents wanting to take on drug prevention leadership roles. National Family Partnership’s work is recognized through its growing network of nearly 100 Partners, consisting on local coalitions, PTO groups, and parent committees.
Red Ribbon Week is now celebrated in homes, schools, businesses and communities on October 23-31.
Check out the Red Ribbon Website to find:
Red Ribbon Ideas
Theme and Planning Guides
The Drug Free Pledge
Enter the Photo Contest
Enter the Red Ribbon Theme Contest
Read the Red Ribbon Blog

Become A Recovery Navigator Friendly Hospital

Tennessee Recovery Navigators are people in long-term recovery who can serve as an access point to treatment and recovery resources.
Navigators must maintain a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification in order to use his/her lived experience to help others find recovery. Their responsibility is first and foremost to meet patients who have recently overdosed in the emergency department and connect them with the substance abuse treatment and recovery services they need.
View TDMHSAS website (listed below) to see which hospitals are currently receiving Navigator services.
To learn more, or if your hospital is interested in these services, contact:
Noelle Suarez-Murias
Director of Special ProjectsNoelle.Suarez-Murias@tn.gov
615-253-3975

Start a Collegiate Recovery Program on Your Campus

Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) provide peer support and community to students in recovery on college campuses.
CPRs foster a positive collegiate experience for recovering students while providing the resources and tools for them to continue the journey into recovery.
First, find out if your campus hosts a certified collegiate recovery program. If not consider starting a CRP on your campus!
More than 150 CRPs exist or are set to launch on college campuses today because a student, faculty or staff member started the conversation!
Steps for creating a CRP:
1. Start the conversation
2. Build support
3. Raise awareness
4. Raise funds
5. Develop the program
Download the guide for students in recovery for more details.
Reach out to the Association of Recovery in Higher Education. This organization has representatives who can help you make a plan for getting started.

Host a Community Baby Shower

Community Baby Showers are a great way to help low-income expectant and new parents prepare for the arrival of their new baby. Baby showers help to provide these families with essential items every parent and new baby need.
Community health organizations across America are hosting community baby showers. Rather than putting one mother at the center of attention, these showers invite dozens of expectant/new mothers from around the community.
Getting Started:
Find a partner. Is there an organization that would like to sponsor your event?
Set a goal. Divvy up tasks.
Create a list of suggested items. Diapers, onesies, baby powder, diaper rash cream, etc..
Organize light refreshments for the day of the event.
Offer prizes and/or party favors.
Advertise the event with flyers, social media, etc..
Gather volunteers by reaching out to friends, family, clubs, church groups, and co-workers.
Useful Tips:
Focus on making it easy to give by providing drop-off boxes. Consider offering multiple drop-off sites if possible.
Allow discussion of health concerns.
Provide education on prenatal and postnatal care.
Provide community resources.
Surveys may be useful when it comes to planning your next community baby shower.
Be sure to thank your donors!

Check out the resources listed below more more information and tips for success!

Become a Community Paramedic

For nearly 75 million people living in rural areas of the United States, health care needs far outnumber health care options. These communities already include disproportionate numbers of elderly citizens, immigrants, impoverished families and those in poor health.
Residents often must travel great distances—incurring great expenses—to receive even the most basic care. Or worse, they receive no care at all.
Over the past decade, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has piloted a new role, most often referred to as the Community Paramedic (CP). Community Paramedics close the gap by expanding the role of EMS personnel.
If you are interested in Community Paramedic Certification check out the links provided below.

Complete the D.A.R.E. Online Opioid Lesson

D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) focuses on providing children with the skills and strategies needed to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.
D.A.R.E. has created comprehensive opioid prevention curricula for K-12 students. Along with this curricula, a free online lesson has been made available to the public.
Links are provided in the resource section below.