Volunteer Events

Retrieving Independence collaborates with like-minded organizations in Middle Tennessee in a collective effort to make a greater impact on the people and the communities we serve.

Check out our upcoming events and sign up to lend a helping hand.


Retrieving Independence is sponsoring the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Walk – Middle Tennessee!

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans
1 Titans Way
Nashville, TN 37213

We are actively seeking volunteers to help man our booth as well as to participate in the walk. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at volunteers@retrievingindependence.org today!

Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. We’ve been walking since 1988 and to date have raised more than $920 million to support life changing services and cutting-edge research.

In 2016 alone, more than 315,000 people in nearly 550 locations across the country walked to create a world free of MS, raising nearly $50 million to fund critical research and help people address the challenges of MS.

We are pleased to invite you to be a part of this extraordinary event. Each year, over 2,000 people participate in this event and 100 dedicated individual volunteers their time and enthusiasm to help us create an unforgettable experience. Hundreds of people living with MS participate in our event every year. Sponsors have the opportunity to interact with attendees before the walk begins in the center of town and after the walk finishes during lunch.

Walk MS: Middle TN will connect you with individuals who are passionate about achieving the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s vision of a world free of MS. What’s more, activation elements will offer exposure to more than 2,000 individuals living with MS, those who love and care for them including family, friends and co-workers.

The Society mobilizes people and resources so that everyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network of services, the Society devoted $122.2 million to connect more than one million individuals to the people, information and resources they need. To move closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $54 million to support more than 380 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are united in our collective power to do something about MS now and end this disease forever. Learn more at nationalMSsociety.org.

Retrieving Independence is participating in The Big Payback!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mark your calendar, the countdown is on! Please consider supporting our organization in this super day of giving back!

The Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving day to increase philanthropy in the 40 counties served by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The goal is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations. This collaborative, inclusive event shines a spotlight on LOCAL giving and creates a new sense of energy around philanthropy. It touches the lives of virtually every person in Middle Tennessee. Hourly prizes will generate excitement throughout the 24-hour event given to participants garnering the most gifts in a selected time period and/or those raising the most money in that period. A leaderboard, with different tracks for small nonprofits and large, helps organizations and their supporters track progress in real time! It is FUN!

The Big Payback is on May 3, and the clock starts at midnight. Donations will be accepted in a 24-hour period through the secure website, TheBigPayback.org.

Retrieving Independence is sponsoring the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Team Hope Walk Nashville!

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Shelby Park
Shelby Ave at S. 20th
Nashville, TN 37206

We are actively seeking volunteers to help man our booth as well as to participate in the walk.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at volunteers@retrievingindependence.org today!

Team Hope Walk is an excellent opportunity for you to support a great cause. Since their inception, Team Hope Walks have raised over $6 million and involved tens of thousands of participants from local communities across America. Proceeds from Team Hope support the mission and programs of HDSA, the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure and providing assistance to those individuals living daily with HD. More than a fundraiser, it is a time for the entire community to join for a day of camaraderie, inspiration and above all, hope.

Huntington’s disease is a rare neuro-degenerative brain disorder that robs a person of the ability to walk, talk, think, swallow, and control movement. HD symptoms are the same as the worst of those associated with other neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, and a cure for one is likely to benefit all. Unlike other diseases, however, Huntington’s disease has a known genetic location and can be positively identified and studied in people long before they become symptomatic. This gives researchers a leg up and makes Huntington’s disease an excellent candidate for research. For more information, visit tennessee.hdsa.org.

Retrieving Independence is sponsoring the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Summer Camp Nashville!

Sunday, June 4 & Thursday, June 8, 2017
YMCA Camp Widjiwagan
3088 Smith Springs Rd
Antioch, TN 37013

We are actively seeking volunteers to help man our booth at Camp Check-in as well as to participate in Sponsor Day festivities.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at volunteers@retrievingindependence.org today!

MDA Summer Camp provides thousands of kids with muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases “the best week of the year.” At MDA Summer Camp, kids are living beyond limits in a place where anything is possible. It’s a week where they’re free to enjoy adventures like horseback riding, swimming and fishing, develop lifelong friendships, and build self-confidence and independence.

Our nearly 75 weeklong summer camps — offered at no charge to families thanks to our supporters who fund the camps — give kids with limited muscle strength and mobility a life-changing experience in an environment without barriers.

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. Together with our supporters, we’re helping kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. For more information on Summer Camp or MDA organization, visit mda.org.

Retrieving Independence is being honored as the Charity of the Night at the Nashville Sounds game!

Sunday, July 9, 2017
First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds
19 Jr Gillam Way
Nashville, TN 37219

Mark your calendar and come out to the baseball game to show your support! The Sounds will be taking on the Memphis Redbirds.

The Sounds recognize one Nashville area non-profit organization at all Thursday thru Sunday home games each season with their Charity of the Game program. Each game, the Nashville Sounds Foundation will provide one charitable organization the opportunity to spread awareness about their cause at First Tennessee Park.

Tickets now available!

Retrieving Independence is sponsoring Nashville’s Dog Day Festival & Music City Mutt Strutt 5K Run/Walk!

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Centennial Park
2500 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

Mark your calendar and come out for a dog-filled fun! We are actively seeking volunteers to help man our booth and support our efforts on-site.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at volunteers@retrievingindependence.org today!

Last year, despite the rain, more than 660 people and their pooches came out in support of for our the event. Teams did an amazing job fundraising support for Nashville Humane – helping achieve $15,000 Mutt Strutt goal! Immediately following the Mutt Strutt, the gates were flung open for Dog Day Festival 2016 – it was a little soggy but that didn’t stop our loyal supporters from visiting vendors, participating in kids zone and doggie fun zone activities, demonstrations and dog contests galore. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Humane Association.

The Nashville Humane Association (NHA), incorporated in 1946 to protect the well-being of animals in Davidson County, is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville. The roots of NHA can be traced back to a society founded in 1887 to protect children from inhumane working conditions and draft horses from mistreatment. For more information, visit nashvillehumane.org.

Retrieving Independence is participating in Parallon’s Fall Agency Fair!

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243

We are actively seeking volunteers to help man our booth and support our efforts in the festivities!

If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.

Parallon’s hundreds of employees will be in attendance and will be able to go around to each booth to see which organization they are interested in getting involved with, whether it’s volunteering or donating.

RI needs at least 2 to 3 dogs there and volunteers to join us at our tent in Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Sign up below for a 2-hour shift to help lend a hand.

This will be a great way for RI to gain donations from Parallon employees!
Volunteer time blocks:
12pm – 2pm
2pm – 4pm

Retrieving Independence is participating in The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRK) One Walk!

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
600 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243

Mark your calendar and volunteer to walk with us for this great cause!

If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.

JDRF One Walk has one goal: to create a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D). We know you want to make a cure a reality too—and we can’t wait for you to join us!

When you participate in your local JDRF One Walk, the money you raise supports life–changing breakthroughs that give hope to everyone impacted by this disease. And, you’ll have a great time doing it! That’s because you’ll walk with a committed community that is passionate about doing whatever it takes to help turn Type One into Type None.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle—and it’s serious and stressful to manage. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D and there is currently no cure. But there is something you can do to help. Please register to walk with us today. We can’t do it without you.

JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D. For more information, visit jdrf.org.

Retrieving Independence is sponsoring The 9th Annual Barktoberfest!

Saturday, October 21, 2017
The Woods at Fontanel
4225 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek, TN 37189

We are actively seeking volunteers to help man our booth and support our efforts in the festivities!

If you are interested in volunteering, click HERE.

Celebrating its 9th year, Barktoberfest™ is Middle Tennessee’s biggest dog festival, welcoming an estimated 10,000 – 12,000 attendees in 2016! It also won 3rd place for “BEST FESTIVAL” in The Tennessean’s 2013 Toast of Music City Awards… the only pet festival to place in the category.

This year, Barktoberfest moves to the most dog-friendly venue in town… The Woods at Fontanel! Located just 15 minutes northwest of East Nashville, this gorgeous festival space offers sprawling fields, bubbling creeks and dog-friendly nature trails to enjoy before or during the festival. We chose to make the move to this beautiful venue in order to provide more outdoor activities for pooch pals as well as to offer closer, on-site parking for our guests. For more information, visit tnbarktoberfest.com.

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