Emmanuel Center Memphis

Point Person: Clair Bradley, deeclair [at] earthlink [dot] net,        210-9232 (c)

Other Parishioners Involved: Hunt Campbell, Will Pierce, Erin Raccah, David Work

Mission: The mission of Emmanuel Center is to ransom the captive by educating and empowering at-risk youth and adults through Christian ministry so that they are elevated out of poverty and become productive citizens.

Website: http://www.emmanuelcentermemphis.org/

What is expected of volunteers: Spend time with children 5-18 yrs. at center. Hands-on support of activities.

Location: Downtown, 604 St. Paul Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38126

Phone: 901-523-2617

Service opportunities:

  1. After school tutoring for Kindergarten – High School Students: Regular school work, ACT, Tennessee CAP (state grade level tests). Any time between 3:30 - 6:00.
  2. Help with seasonal events: Christmas Play, Easter egg hunt, Group Birthday Celebrations every two months.
  3. Exercise/Games with Children: Any day Monday – Thursday, after school. Playground, ball games, etc

Neighborhood Christian Center (NCC)

Point Person: Kimberly Tayloe. kktayloe [at] gmail [dot] com.     685-8232 (h).

Other Parishioners Involved: William Tayloe, Courtenay McAllister, Anne Gamble, Ellen Fortas, and Allison Pace.

Mission: The primary mission of the Neighborhood Christian Centers, Inc. is to guide those in need toward stability and sustainability through compassionate, Christ-centered ministries and empowerment programs.

Matthew 25: 35-36 
"For when I was hungry you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

Website: http://ncclife.org/

What is expected of volunteers: Serve in after school programs with children and young adults. Provide helping hands for seasonal events. Assist with staff operations (clerical, maintenance, etc.).

Location: Golightly Building, 785 Jackson Avenue. They have 6 other satellite locations that serve Memphis.

Phone: 901-881-6013

Service opportunities:

  1. Emergency Aid: clothes, food, furniture, appliances, baby and household items. These are immediate and consistent needs that NCC can use right away. Donations are always appreciated.
  2. Help in Homework Centers for younger students or serve as mentors for high school and college students.
  3. On Site Operations (Ongoing): Help sort incoming donations, assist with landscaping, painting, warehouse loading and unloading. Available any time. Contact Pamela Cox(pcox [at] ncclife [dot] org) to volunteer.
  4. Clerical & Mailing Assistance: answer phones, data entry, and filing (weekdays 8am-5pm) or mass mailing work as needed. Contact Pamela Cox(pcox [at] ncclife [dot] org) to volunteer.
  5. Empowerment (Adults): Bible Study, Life Skills training, and Job training. These needs require a little more time.  NCC is always looking for mentors, bible study leaders, and even snack or meal providers for these weekly held meetings. Contact NCC for more details.

Christmas Outreach: Food Baskets, Adopt-a-family, Toy store.  There are many needs during the Christmas season and many of these opportunities are appropriate for children and families to volunteer. Check compassionatechristmasncc.org for details.


Point Person: Lain Whitaker. mlw1012 [at] comcast [dot] net. 685-1281.

Other Parishioners Involved: Lesley Dillon, Pam Pierce, Gina Yauger, Cindi Marshall

Mission / Who does the Charity Serve: tnAchieves is a state sponsored program serving high school seniors in Shelby County who are applying for a TN Promise scholarship to attend a community college or college of applied technology. Applying to and attending college can be really hard if nobody in your family has gone before. Research shows that pairing these students with mentors makes them much more likely to finish college.

Website: tnachieves.org

What is expected of volunteers:

  1. New and returning mentors must apply at tnachieves.org. You will select preferred high schools and number of students you wish to mentor and consent to a background check prior to pairing. 
  2. Attend 2 mandatory meetings a year with students assigned to be mentored. The first meeting should be in the spring of 2018 and the second in early fall of 2018.  
  3. Serve as a coach for a small handful of students at a Shelby County public school and maintain contact via text, email, or phone. Mentors generally end up working with 2 to 5 students after early attrition.  

Location: Locations for the 2 meetings are assigned by the high school the student attends. Mentors are generally given students from the same school.  

Phone: Lain Whitaker: 685-1281. Claire Brulatour is an Asst. Director of tnAchieves and is happy to answer questions. She can be reached at 901.335.3480 or claire [at] tnachieves [dot] org.

Short description of service opportunities, time and place, is it suitable for children (if multiple opportunities, list the top 3):

  1. This service opportunity is ideal for adults with busy schedules or a limited amount of time to commit to service.  There are only TWO face to face meetings each year.  All other contacts with students via text, email, or calls can be done whenever the volunteer mentor/coach chooses - usually about once every 10 days to 2 weeks.  
  2. Mentors/coaches will text, email, or call students they are assigned and/or their parents with reminders about due dates, encouragement, and offers to help answer questions about the college application process.  tnAchieves provides all the necessary information for both students and mentors/coaches.  
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