To meet the evolving needs of our under-resourced neighbors, Slingshot is listening to our nonprofit partners and other respected stakeholders in Memphis’ poverty-fighting ecosystem. This, coupled with Slingshot’s evidence-based approach, is positioning us to attract and direct resources - financial and otherwise - toward solutions with the greatest impact. Below are some of Slingshot’s recent efforts.
Provided thought partnership to Hope House by comparing several potential database solutions and providing a path over the short- and long-term to move to a paperless data collection approach
Shared a source to purchase protective face shields with Hope House as these are needed for it to restart some of its in-person programming. The face shields are being sold by Advance Memphis, whose program graduates are working for the manufacturer of the face shields.
$2,500 investment in City Year Memphis to help ensure its staff and AmeriCorps members, along with the children they support, remain as safe as possible when they return to schools and offices. These funds could provide numerous contactless thermometers and similar items that City Year has shared it needs to start its programming safely in the fall.
Provided thought partnership to Hope House on various fundraising scenarios and potential actions for its coming fiscal year based on the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19
Facilitated Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR) partnering with Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC) to provide joint summer programming by integrating MICR's rugby training and play into NCC's summer programs
Facilitated Just City sharing information about its Clean Slate Fund, a program that assists those eligible for criminal record expungement, with families who attended Memphis Athletic Ministries food distribution event on June 4th
Agape Child & Family Services to support its efforts to overcome the digital divide facing many of the families it serves and to assist with its introduction of telehealth program delivery
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) to help support the first-time mothers and their families that NFP supports. These funds could provide $50 grocery gifts cards to 50% of the families NFP is currently serving
Just City and Porter-Leath to help provide additional benefits to the recipients of Memphis Athletic Ministries' and Neighborhood Christian Centers' food distribution events
Hope House as they evaluate enhancements to their measurement infrastructure through improved database options and the digitization of all data collection
Organized and made a $10,000 bulk purchase of PPE that distributed 12,000 vinyl gloves, 4,000 protective masks, and 70 gallons of hand sanitizer across Advance Memphis, Agape Child & Family Services, CEO, Hope House, Lifeline to Success, Memphis Athletic Ministries, Neighborhood Christian Centers, Nurse-Family Partnership, Porter-Leath, and Purdue Center of Hope
Telehealth for Vulnerable Populations webinar series with Agape Child & Family Services, Hope House, and Nurse-Family Partnership as another resource to support their current or potential telehealth services
Facilitated potential partnerships for Memphis Inner City Rugby, Nurse-Family Partnership, and Hope House to help provide additional benefits to the recipients of Memphis Athletic Ministries' and Neighborhood Christian Centers' food distribution events
$4,900 investment in Purdue Center of Hope to help accelerate its implementation of the Purdue Academy that will enhance its educational services and support to the children who reside there. These funds could could provide 3 children access to an entire year of Purdue Academy services and help establish this new program that will benefit all children at Purdue Center for many years thereafter
$4,500 investment in Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) to expand its capacity to meet the COVID-19-related surge in demand. These funds could help provide additional employment to participants during these incredibly challenging times and help reduce recidivism for those returning from prison
1) A guide for remote working tools
2) A guide for data privacy best practices
3) A collection of resources to support virtual fundraising efforts
4) A comprehensive list of emergency financial assistance programs and COVID-19 resources
To view the email that summarizes these resources, please click here.
Moore Tech to help its transition to virtual programming and a more digitally-enabled infrastructure. These funds could potentially support up to one-third of the costs of recent proposals for a student and curriculum technology platform.
$4,900 investment in Just City to support its ongoing bail fund efforts as over 70% of staff and detainees recently tested at Shelby County Jails were positive for COVID-19. These funds could support 12-15 new bail payments over the next 12 months.
Shared information about the government's COVID-19 Telehealth Program and application process with Hope House as it considers ways to offer virtual therapy and programming to its clients
Alpha Omega Veteran Services to help provide the necessary infrastructure to support remote working. Slingshot arranged for the purchase of 10 laptops with antivirus software and several Zoom Pro and Adobe accounts that could be covered by these funds
The Collective Blueprint to support its transition to virtual programming. Slingshot arranged the purchase of 25 laptops for staff and program participants that could be covered by these funds
Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF) to support its transition to virtual programming enable by tablets and SIM cards to be used by participants. These funds could support one month of virtual programming needs
COVID-19 Telehealth Program and application process with Agape Child and Family Services in case it can provide potential funding for their transition.
Hope House to support the safety of its staff and immunocompromised clients
Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) on a survey they are administering at their food distribution events to better understand the challenges and needs of those who are seeking food assistance
The Soulsville Charter School as it continues to support its students the remainder of the academic year. These funds could support the purchase of 15-20+ Chromebooks needed to support students not only this year but also in future academic years.
Communities in Schools Memphis (CISM). CISM seeks to raise $500 each for 50 beneficiary families that it has identified as facing food insecurity and employment concerns. These funds could provide support for 10 CISM beneficiary families.
Lifeline to Success. Team members are unable to access food pantry and other relief services due to their working hours on the Blight Patrol. These funds could help supplement the missed food pantry benefits for all team members for the next month.
Hope House as it continues to serve its clients through its food pantry. Hope House is taking extra precautions with its food pantry to ensure the safety of its immunocompromised clients. These funds could support food pantry operations for 2 months.
Memphis Athletic Ministries (MAM) to support its weekly food distribution events that serve 300 families with food for two weeks at a cost of less than $1.25 per day. These funds could support all the food and supplies for one of the upcoming food distribution events.
Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC) to support its mobile food distribution events. Slingshot negotiated a long-term rental for a larger, more reliable truck as the existing truck used to distribute food requires repairs. These funds could support the truck rental for 3 months and/or help repair the existing truck.
Su Casa Family Ministries to support its efforts to provide relief for under-resourced Latinx families that are unable to receive government support. These funds could provide support for five of the families Su Casa seeks to assist.
Purchased and distributed $5,500 of protective masks to 8 nonprofit partners. Recipients included Agape Child and Family Services, Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Hope House, Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF), Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC), Porter-Leath, and The Purdue Center of Hope.
Researched and emailed our nonprofit partners and friends a set of resources to help with the transition to a remote working model, and other COVID-related support. Topics included:
1) A local source for low-cost, refurbished corporate laptops, desktops, tablets
2) A nonprofit community that offers significant discounts for technology solutions
3) A simple guide to help your beneficiaries obtain low-cost phones and phone plans
4) Options for two months of free Internet service for low-income households
5) Guidance for use of funds and forgiveness of CARES Act loan
6) A platform to post and match volunteer opportunities
To view the email that summarizes these resources, please click here.
Agape Child and Family Services is transitioning to a telehealth model to continue offering its services now and to allow it to expand its services in the future. Slingshot connected Agape to the leadership of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) to help Agape learn telehealth best practices from NFP's active telehealth programming.
COVID-19 Telehealth Program and application process with Nurse-Family Partnership in case it can provide potential funding for their expansion of telehealth programming.
Introduced Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS) to a visual arts entrepreneur for them to evaluate producing a PSA/commercial about AOVS.
Shared information about the Sweet Cheeks Diaper Distribution Drive-thru on April 25th with Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC), Hope House, Agape Child and Family Services, and The Purdue Center of Hope to share with their beneficiaries.
$1,000 investment in Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF) as it continues its programming while transitioning to a remote model. These funds could support 4 Zoom Pro accounts, 150 composition notebooks for beneficiaries, and PPE to help keep staff safe (e.g. protective masks, gloves, disinfectant, and ziploc bags).
$2,000 investment in Hope House as it continues to serve its clients through its food pantry. Hope House is taking extra precautions with its food pantry to ensure the safety of its immunocompromised clients. These funds could support food pantry operations for 1 month.
$3,000 investment in Memphis Inner City Rugby (MICR). MICR has paused its athletic programming and is providing nutritional support to its beneficiaries' families. These funds could support three weeks worth of nutritional packages.
Purchased and distributed 5,000 vinyl protective gloves, 40 gallons of hand sanitizer, 20 gallons of liquid disinfectant, 24 empty spray bottles for the disinfectant, and 70 rolls of toilet paper to 8 nonprofit partners. Recipients included: Agape Child and Family Services, Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Hope House, Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF), Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC), Porter-Leath, and The Purdue Center of Hope.
Introduced Juvenile Intervention & Faith-based Follow-up (JIFF) to TechSoup, a nonprofit community offering discounted technology solutions, to help JIFF obtain discounted Zoom Pro accounts.
Su Casa identified a lack of Spanish-language materials about COVID-19. Slingshot then shared two Spanish-language websites with COVID-related health information, a Spanish-language activity book and short story to help educate children about COVID-19, and identified volunteers who could assist with translating material and interpreting for meetings related to obtaining COVID relief support.