Memphis’ nonprofit community continues to demonstrate incredible resilience and creativity in the face of COVID-19. Such gifts are needed now more than ever. To provide the necessary support for our under-resourced neighbors, nonprofit organizations require targeted and timely investments. Below are the specific needs our nonprofit partners have shared with us. We highlight three partner needs before listing numerous, actionable ways you can engage.

HIGHLIGHTED PARTNER NEEDS 

 

Just City 
  • The Shelby County Jail recently announced 74% of the 266 detainees and staff tested received positive results for COVID-19

  • Just City has increased its efforts to post bail for those without the financial means to do so in order to remove them from the high-risk jail environment

  • Just City does not indiscriminately post bail for defendants but rather employs well-defined criteria that identifies defendants who remain detained solely due to their inability to post bail and are not a risk to others

  • Funding would enable the continued posting bail for new detainees as bail funds cannot be refunded until the courts reopen

  • Click here to invest in Just City

     
 
Purdue Center of Hope
  • Purdue Center of Hope's shelters have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and have been at full capacity

  • Full occupancy of facilities has lead to a shortage of combs, brushes, deodorant, soap, laundry detergent, and women’s hygiene products

  • Raising an additional $20,000 to launch Purdue Academy, an education program designed to serve the kids who reside at Purdue, to meet increased demand caused by COVID-19

  • Click here to invest in Purdue Center of Hope

     
 
Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF)
  • JIFF is transitioning to virtual programming support for youth with contact with the juvenile justice system 

  • The transition requires tablets and providing connectivity for its participants who face a digital divide at their homes

  • The costs to transition to virtual programming is about $6,000 per month

  • Contributions would support the rise in program delivery costs due to COVID-19 and a surge in participants 

  • Click here to invest in JIFF

DETAILED LIST OF PARTNER NEEDS 

To invest directly in one of our partner organizations, please click on their name below.

Partner
 
Operating Status
 
Known Needs

Advance Memphis

 

Programming has resumed in a virtual model and both warehouses are operating and providing employment. Most staff are working remotely.

 
  • Increased demand for transportation requires additional funding or arrangements to help graduates reach job sites

  • Contributions to Advance Memphis' COVID-19 Relief Fund to support participants and graduates facing financial hardships

         

Agape Child and Family Services

 

In-person programs have been adjusted to comply with social distancing or have paused. Programming is being shifted to telehealth approaches and providing basic needs to its clients. Most staff are working remotely.

 
  • 421 families lack funds to obtain sufficient basic needs (e.g. food, cleaning supplies/disinfectant, household goods)

  • 359 families face digital isolation and need tablets or laptops to access the Internet

  • Project Manager/Consultant to establish a telehealth model, addressing challenges with families facing a digital divide

  • Project Manager for workforce development, establishing an apprenticeship program to help families transition to full-time employment

         

Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS)

 

Continue to operate housing and hospice services but not allowing outside guests. Still transporting clients to VA appointments but seeking telehealth appointments, where possible. Closed drop-in center on Madison Ave.

 
  • Facing a shortage of disinfectant wipes to easily clean high-usage areas of shelters

  • Need funding to expand transportation options to help residents get to and from Veterans Administration doctor appointments

         

Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO)

 

Some outdoor work sites remain open while others have closed. Have had to rent vans to provide transportation to participants. Attempting to place participants with food distribution efforts that need more labor. All staff are working remote.

 
  • Crew members who are continuing to work are in need of protective masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap, and hygiene products 

  • Some crew members lack cell phones and/or plans needed for them to communicate with staff and participate in work activities

  • Contributions to support a rise in program delivery costs due to COVID-19 and a surge in participants

  • Job opportunities for program participants who have had contact with the criminal justice system

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

City Year Memphis

 

Programming has concluded for the school year. Held virtual graduation for their core members in May. All staff are working remote.

 
  • Seeking experts/volunteers who can share/train on best practices for running an organization in a virtual working model

         

The Collective Blueprint

 

All programming has moved online. Providing remote mentoring support. Renting laptops to students who do not have them.

 

  • 15-20 students lack connectivity options and need data plans / Internet service to continue participating in programming

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Communities In Schools Memphis (CISM)

 

School-based programs have concluded. Shifted focus to support the families of affected students. Raising a Family Resilience Fund to support students' families. All staff are working remote.

 
  • Contributions to CISM's COVID-19 Family Resilience Fund that seeks to provide $500 to 50 beneficiary families

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         
The Goodwill Excel Center  

Academic programming has finished for the school year. Life Coaches and staff are working virtually with students and new enrollment applications to prepare for the upcoming fall term.

 
  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Hope House

 

Early childhood and group therapy programs have paused. Individual therapy provided remotely. Food pantry demand has exploded and requests for rent & utility assistance have more than doubled. Considering restarting additional programming in July.

 
  • $500 per week to stock food pantry that has the necessary safety precautions for immunocompromised beneficiaries

  • Beneficiaries lack safe transportation to healthcare appointments, grocery stores, etc.. that requires additional funding or arrangements

  • Several beneficiaries lack cell phones and plans to remain in contact with staff and receive remote support/therapies

         
 

Aggressively transitioning to distance-learning programming for the 66 youth in its programs. Mentoring is continuing two days per week.

 
  • Transitioning to a distance learning model for the next 5 months requires an additional $6,000 per month in funding to support tablets and connectivity for its youth who do not have Internet access at home

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Just City

 

Ramped up bail fund efforts to secure release for under-resourced people who are at high-risk of contracting COVID-19 in jail. beginning outreach efforts again for Clean Slate Fund (expungement) program.

 
  • Bail funds are not being returned by the courts while they are closed so more funds are needed to continue providing bail to remove those who lack the ability to post bail from the very high-risk jail environment (74% of detainees and staff recently tested positive)

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Lifeline to Success

 

All programs are continuing with additional health precautions. Team members are continuing their work on Blight Patrols.

 
  • Work clothing for team members to continue their landscape maintenance work

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

  • Seeking contracts for its work crews to provide labor services over the winter months

         

Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM)

 

Summer Academy, in COVID-19 compliant manner, to start June 15th. Staff continue to mentor students remotely. Food distribution events will wrap up the week of June 1st.

 
  • Consistent supply of PPE items to help ensure safe summer programming (e.g. masks, hand sanitizer, etc.)

  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR)

 

Launching summer programming June 1st with focus on serving those who can receive the greatest impact. Providing remote support to recently graduated seniors and alumni. Continuing to employ and support alumni.

 
  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA)

 

Communal dining is closed but meal pick-up is being offered. Meals-on-Wheels has transitioned to shelf-stable and frozen meals 3 days per week. Spike in emergency assistance applications. Majority of staff working remotely.

 
  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments

         

Moore Tech

 

Started Spring Trimester the end of April. Implementing a new technology platform to better support digital learning and teaching. Re-opening campus at 50% capacity on June 3rd to enable the hands-on curriculum for its programs while complying with social distancing and other safety measures.

 
  • Funding to enable the purchase and implementation of digital management and virtual learning platforms

         

Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC)

 

Mobile food pantry efforts will become permanent for the forseable future. Physical donations being accepted again starting the week of 6/1 at 25% of normal capacity. Youth summer programming will start on June 8th with adjustments to keep group sizes small and enable social distancing.

 
  • Funding to support mobile food distribution events ($2,000 per event)

  • Donations of personal items (e.g. soap, shampoo, etc..) and other goods that can be repurposed to support the needs of its beneficiary families

  • Funding for and access to additional staff with staff-to-participant ratios dropping from 50-to-1 to 10-to-1 for many programs due to COVID-19. Case managers are especially needed

  • Additional volunteers to meet demand and augment staff due to the smaller participant-to-staff/volunteer ratios for COVID-19

         

Nurse-Family Partnership

 

Transitioned all in-home visitations to its existing telehealth model. Continuing efforts to meet basic needs of participants.

 
  • Donations of and/or funding to provide basic hygiene products and cleaning supplies to its families

  • Numerous families lack cell phones and plans needed to participate in telehealth service model

  • $50-$100 visa grocery gift cards for their 170 clients

         

Porter-Leath

 

Continuing to operate its child and youth shelters. Head Start program is complete for the school year. Early Head Start program will restartign July 6th with virtual support provided until then. Virtual home visits will continue indefinitely. Providing bulk cleaning supplies to its child care operators. Created new work protocols for when staff co-locate again.

 
  • Beneficiary families are struggling to obtain food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products (e.g. diapers, etc)  

         

The Purdue Center of Hope

 

Facilities remain open to residents and are at full capacity. Partnering with local restaurants to provide food and basic supplies. Most staff are working remotely, with the minimum staff required onsite. 

 
  • Additional funding or arrangements needed to transport residents to doctor appointments

  • Full occupancy of facilities leading to shortage of combs, brushes, deodorant, soap, laundry detergent, and women’s hygiene products

  • Seeking to hire a part-time grantwriter to help with fundraising

  • Need an additional $20,000 to launch Purdue Academy, an education program designed to serve the kids who reside at Purdue, to meet increased demand caused by COVID-19

         

The Soulsville Charter School

 

School campus closed for remainder of the academic year. Providing online instruction to students.

 
  • Funding and/or donation of 75-100 Chromebooks to support remainder of academic year

         

Su Casa Family Ministries

 

Completed spring programming. Planning approaches to enable launch of all fall programming. Current efforts focused on supporting health and financial needs of families.

 
  • Many beneficiaries lack cell phones and plans required to remain in contact with staff and receive remote support

  • Spanish-language and local testing sites are needed to ensure the Latinx population receives access to COVID-related healthcare

  • Consistent supply of PPE items will be needed when programming transitions back to in-person settings (e.g. masks, hand sanitizer, etc.) 

         

Tech901

 

Transitioned all programming to distance-learning model. Able to maintain full breadth of programs but at lower capacities for new classes.

 
  • General funding and support for COVID-19 response efforts and programming adjustments