Volunteer Memphis Celebrates National Make a Difference Day with Memphis Nonprofits and Local Banks

October 15, 2019

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South’s hands-on skills training and United Way’s Truck or Treat event are part of annual Make a Difference Day initiative, designed to start children on a path of empowerment and financial education.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., October 15, 2019 – Volunteer Memphis is partnering with Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South, United Way of the Mid-South, and Regions Bank to promote financial literacy as part of National Make a Difference Day, October 24 to 26. The weekend of events will include a kick-off event, Junior Achievement In a Day Programs (JA in a Day) at Springdale Elementary, and a Truck or Treat event, hosted by United Way. For more information, visit https://www.volunteermemphis.org.

“We are excited to work with great partners like Junior Achievement, United Way, and Regions Bank to launch our financial literacy initiative for this year’s Make a Difference Day,” said Andrea Hill, Director of Volunteer Memphis. “Our goal is to grow this event each year by bringing more community partners and agencies together for National Make a Difference Day. By collaborating with Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South and United Way, we can bring programming to more elementary schools in Memphis and Shelby County.”

For this year’s inaugural event, Regions Bank employees will volunteer with students at Springdale Elementary, where they will teach Junior Achievement’s curriculum in the classrooms. JA’s Programs focus on the importance of earning, budgeting and saving money. Students will also learn how to be active participants in their community and how to develop their skills and talents to build the future they see for themselves.

Volunteer Memphis is challenging the community to participate in National Make a Difference Day 2020. Interested organizations should contact Andrea Hill at ahill@leadershipmemphis.org.

Schedule of Events

October 24 – Kick-Off at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Avenue

October 25 – JA in a Day at Springdale Elementary

October 26 – United Way Trunk or Treat, 1105 Tillman Street – information on the VITA Tax service opportunities, financial literacy education, free flu shots, candy, and much more!

Donations of unopened, individually wrapped candy for Trunk or Treat can be dropped off during the kick-off event at Regions Bank on October 24 or at any of the following locations around the city before October 24:

Bank of America
21 locations
BNSF Railway
CSL Plasma
3923 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
Double Tree Hotel
5069 Sanderlin Ave, Memphis, TN 38117
Easley Contractors
3136 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
National Cotton Council of America
7193 Goodlett Farms Pkwy, Cordova, TN 38016
Prairie Farms
2050 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Shapiro Uniforms
3929 Summer Ave, Memphis, TN 38122
Smoothie King
5955 Poplar Ave. Suite 106 Memphis, TN 38119
Starbuck’s
13 locations across the city
Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken
3633 Millbranch Road, Memphis, TN 38116
United Way of the Mid-South
1005 Tillman Street, Memphis, TN 38112
Victory Bicycle Studio
2549 Broad Ave, Memphis, TN 38112
View Glass
12380 Kirk Rd, Olive Branch, MS 38654

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About Volunteer Memphis:

Volunteer Memphis builds capacity for effective volunteering and connecting people with opportunities to serve throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The organization helps individuals, families, corporate teams, and community groups strengthen Memphis and the Mid-South through service at more than 300 nonprofit organizations and schools. Our volunteers are at work every day of the year, tutoring and mentoring children, helping individuals and families make pathways out of poverty, improving our Memphis and Shelby County environment, and more. Volunteer Memphis is an affiliate of the Hands-On Network, an association of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16 countries and an action Initiative of Leadership Memphis.

About Leadership Memphis:

Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Founded in 1979 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, the organization has trained and graduated more than 3,500 leaders from its programs.


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