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Volunteer Tennessee
Jim Snell, Executive Director

Team Tennessee AmeriCorps Programs


                                                AmeriCorps Tennessee 

2014-2015 Program Descriptions


East Tennessee

AmeriCorps*Building Futures – AIM Center: Chattanooga
AIM Center AmeriCorps members will help address the stigma of mental illness while serving at the AIM Center.  Members will holistically address the basic human needs for meaningful relationships, self-sufficiency and community reintegration for people in the greater Chattanooga area with a psychiatric diagnosis.

Contact: Rhonda Jacks Moore              Email:

Phone: 423-702-8012                                Website:

AmeriCorps Community Cares – Tennessee Community Assistance Corporation: Morristown/various sites across Tennessee

Members assist frail seniors and persons with disabilities by direct, in-home assistance so that the residents can remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Contact: Evonne Surber-Green             Email:

Phone: 423-586-7636                          Website:

Appalachia CARES – Clinch-Powell RC& DC: Rutledge / Greeneville area

The Appalachia CARES program is a school and community-based service-learning program which promotes COMMUNITY, ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, and SERVICE as program cornerstones. Appalachia CARES engages its members in direct service with youth and community volunteers in primarily rural areas in middle and east Tennessee counties in partnership with community-based organizations and local schools. The overall goal of the program is to impact participants through service-learning.

Contact: Trenna Brown                     Email:

Phone: 423-620-3456                       Website:

CAC AmeriCorps - Knoxville- Knox County Community Action Committee: Knoxville
CAC AmeriCorps is Tennessee’s only environmental corps. Members serve youth and adults by facilitating environmental education by using service-learning curricula.

Contact: John Harris                     Email:

Phone: 865-546-3500                  Website:

Housing Service Corps – Appalachia Habitat for Humanity: Robbins/Knoxville
Housing Service Corps members build safe and affordable new homes and repair older ones for low-income families in Anderson, Knox, Morgan and Scott Counties.

Contact: Haley Terry                    Email:

Phone: 423-627-2507                   Website:

Making Veterans Priority (MVP) – Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation: Morristown/various sites across Tennessee
MVP AmeriCorps members will provide a wide array of services for veterans and their families that are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless due to lack of income, physical and/or mental health issues, disabilities, trauma, substance abuse, and weak social networks.  The goal is to allow them to improve their quality of life, while giving them the resources, respect and encouragement they deserve to live a more productive and fulfilling life.

Contact: Evonne Surber-Green           Email:

Phone: 423-586-7636                            Website:

Project Inspire – Public Education Foundation: Chattanooga
Project Inspire is (, an urban teacher residency program that serves students in grades 4-12 in Chattanooga’s high-need public schools. Its mission is to develop mathematically and scientifically literate teachers and students who confidently reason and communicate using the habits that drive meaningful STEM learning. The program does this by recruiting and training smart, motivated college graduates and career-changers to serve as teachers in the math and science classrooms where they’re needed most.

Contact: Dennis Clark                         Email:

Phone: 423-668-2432                         Website:

T.E.A.M. – Emerald Youth Foundation: Knoxville
T.E.A.M. AmeriCorps members serve inner city children and youth by leading diverse after-school activities: academic, enrichment, leadership, recreational activities, and mentoring alongside the staff of a faith-based organization to show young people that they can be leaders and change their circumstances.

Contact: Rachel Davis                              Email:

Phone: 865-637-3227    ext. 112          Website:        


Middle Tennessee

PACE – PENCIL Foundation: Nashville
AmeriCorps Members serve in the PENCIL Academic & Career Enrichment program (PACE) to deliver afterschool programming for students in grades 5-8 at high-poverty Nashville middle school sites during the school year, plan and implement a two-week summer camp for those students, and improve business-school partnerships and volunteerism at the schools.

Contact: Matt Seaton                                Email:

Phone: 615-242-3167 ext. 228             Website:  

RISE - Refugee and Immigrant Students Empowered: Nashville
The Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee AmeriCorps members support instruction and coordination of students at five of its afterschool program sites. AmeriCorps members will be responsible for helping students achieve improved educational outcomes.

Contact: Tiffany Hodge                       Email:

Phone: 812-499-7460                         Website:

Teach For America: Greater Nashville
Teach For America believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. They recruit, train and place outstanding teacher leaders into classrooms serving low-income children throughout Cheatham and Davidson County.  

Contact: Arik Shur                                 Email:

Phone: 615-242-6263 ext. 40113        Website:

THRIVE – Martha O’Bryan Center: Nashville
AmeriCorps members serve at Martha O'Bryan Center in the youth development program, THRIVE.  Members will help young people change their futures by mentoring youth in local schools assisting the youth to succeed in school. AmeriCorps members also participate in our after school tutorials, generate excitement about learning and community service and work to encourage parent participation. Members also work with adult GED students. 

Contact: Peter Martino                   Email:

Phone: 615-254-1791 ext. 259         Website:


West Tennessee          

Bridge Builders ® Expansion- BRIDGES USA, Inc.: Memphis
BRIDGES' mission is to build a community of leaders to advance racial, economic, educational and environmental justice. Bridge Builders ® Expansion addresses key needs facing Memphis area youth in grades 6-12 through experiential learning and the facilitation of our Bridge Builders ® curriculum that targets low academic performance and graduation rate, low rate of cultural competency and low rate of opportunity for meaningful civic engagement.

Contact: Julia McWhirter                 Email:

Phone: 901-260-3796                      Website:

Cornerstone – Porter Leath: Memphis
AmeriCorps members serve in Head Start centers, promoting physical fitness and education for low-income and at-risk children through physical education activities.  Members also teach these activities to parents so that they can implement them in the home, leading to a greater understanding of physical development, increasing school readiness and promoting an active lifestyle.

Contact: Darrell Davis                     Email:

Phone: 901-302-0314                     Website:

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) – Memphis Teacher Residency: Memphis, TN
MTR recruits outstanding leaders as co-teachers for Memphis' most academically-challenged public schools. Our mission is to positively impact student achievement in Memphis urban schools by recruiting, training and supporting outstanding teachers. All members are placed in Memphis' Title I schools that have an enrollment that is more than 50% Free or Reduced Price Lunch assisted.

Contact: Suzanne Oates               Email:

Phone: 901-485-8109                    Website:

One Child At A Time – Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center: Jackson
One Child At A Time AmeriCorps members help prevent child abuse and provide assistance to abused children and their families in West Tennessee. Members are mentors and role models to children, recruit new volunteers, and provide educational and emergency assistance.

Contact: Micah Watson                Email:

Phone: 731-668-4000                   Website:

Project TLC – Exchange Club Family Center: Memphis

Members in Memphis help break the cycle of child abuse, neglect and family violence through education, prevention, intervention, and other support services.

Contact: Tiffany Smith                  Email:

Phone: 901-276-2200                   Website:

Teach For America: Memphis
Teach For America believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. They recruit, train and place outstanding teacher leaders into classrooms serving low-income children throughout Memphis and Shelby County.  

Contact: Andrew Isaac                    Email:

Phone: 901-527-7510 ext. x36140    Website:

Volunteer Tennessee AmeriCorps Program Staff

Zanquetta Gray
Deputy Director of Programs
Office – 615-253-6313