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Volunteers are the heartbeat of Room In The Inn – Memphis. Without you, our work is impossible. Opportunities to serve include becoming a host location, volunteering with one of our current host sites, sharing a special talent/interest with guests on campus, hosting a donation drive for some of our essential items, and more! To get involved, explore the opportunities listed below. Fill out a Volunteer Application or email 
volunteers@ritimemphis.org for more information. 

Hospitality Volunteer for Congregational Shelter Pick-up

Seeking regular volunteer (1 afternoon or more each week) to assist RITI staff in registering, orienting, and organizing shelter guests to go out to congregational hosts for the night. Congregational Shelter Pick-Up is a 7 nights a week program Nov-March 4pm-6pm. Greeting our guests with hospitality and assisting in a smooth process is our goal.
Persons volunteering for this position would be asked to arrive at our downtown pick-up location (First Presbyterian Church) at 4pm, receive assignments from staff and then assist with tasks listed above. The position requires a consistent commitment of at least 1 afternoon each week (4-6pm) and ideally would be the same day of the week so that staff and guests would feel that sense of consistency. This also allows the volunteer to develop as part of the team for that night. This is a very rewarding commitment for a very short time each volunteer shift. To sign-up or learn more email volunteers@ritimemphis.org 


Do you have a talent for decorating? Do you enjoy creating lovely spaces for others? If you answered yes, we would like to invite you to join one of our newest volunteer groups. We are looking for individuals or groups interested in helping us spruce up the guest rooms with welcoming touches and simple decorations. These rooms provide a safe place to rest, relax and work toward the future – a private space to relax while still being part of a community. RITI’s campus is a temporary home for many men, women, and children. As guests move on to their new homes, Adopt-a-Room Crews will be ready to freshen the spaces and prepare them for new guests.  Email volunteers@ritimemphis.org to apply or if you have any questions. Bring your HGTV dreams to life as part of an Adopt-a-Room Crew!

Beautification Team

Do you enjoy spending time outside planting, weeding, and watering? Have you ever wanted to build raised beds or garden boxes? Do you have garden tools taking up space? Do you have clippings and plantings looking for a new home? Join the RITI Beautification Team! We are looking for individuals or groups that would like to help us add beauty and maintain flower beds and garden boxes around our campus. We have several outdoor spaces that need love and attention. We would love to have help creating several lovely, easy to maintain outdoor spaces. Email volunteers@ritimemphis.org to apply or if you have any questions. Come play in the dirt and be a part of our Beautification Team!

Moving Crew

Do you have a group with a truck and ability to lift large items? We are looking for help moving items from Downtown Memphis to the RITI campus or to disposal or donation. Email volunteers@ritimemphis.org to help with this “labor” of love.

Playground Pals

Feeling creative and want to update and create new outdoor spaces for the youngest RITI guests? No experience necessary, just a little creativity and love for up-cycling. We are gathering a lot of recycled items with plans to create multi-sensory activity boards that hang from the fence. Needed donations include: aluminum pots and pans, spoons, big bells, wind chimes, metal tubing, pool noodles, bird houses, wind chimes, PVC pipes, wooden dowels, deep (5gal) buckets, plants that thrive in full sun, small toddler plastic pools, and assorted pieces of wood of varying sizes. Email volunteers@ritimemphis.org if you have any questions or want to become a Playground Pal by donating supplies or helping build the sensory panels. 

More Ways to Serve

Become a host

Learn how your faith community can start your own Room in the Inn program and provide life-saving shelter this winter.

amazon wish list

Give through our Amazon Wishlist or host a drive for some of these frequently needed items for our guests and campus.


Room in the Inn-Memphis is registered with the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization, and all your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.