Equity Through Access Equity Through Access

For 2021 GiVE 365 members chose to focus on the grant theme Equity Through Access: projects/programs that increase access and/or elevate the quality of life for communities of color. Members voted to award a total of $63,300 to support eight organizations advancing that theme in Memphis. During the remainder of the year, members had the opportunity to dive deeper into the theme through educational opportunities like the August 2021 Equity Through Access panel conversation. Click below to learn more about the 2021 grantees and the work they accomplished over the year. 

CasaLuz

Domestic Violence Equity for Survivors Through Access to Services (DV ESTAS) » $5,000

Since receiving the GiVE 365 grant, we were able to support the salary of a part-time victim advocate for the months of July, August, and September 2021. The advocate’s work serving victims of crime included offering legal advocacy, information about the cycle of domestic violence and victims' rights, emotional support, help finding resources, assistance filling out crime victim related forms, and victim accompaniment through criminal justice proceedings. During the period of July-September 2021, the advocate assisted 29 new clients and 19 ongoing cases for a grand total of 48 clients served. The role has been sustained through other funding.  
 

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CHOICES

Increasing Midwifery Access in Memphis » $10,000
CHOICES accomplished almost all the goals outlined in our proposal, including creating a curriculum for the childbirth education course with the help of an experienced consultant, purchasing training materials to be used in the facilitation of the course, and preparing to host our first course session with birthing patients and their support people. While we weren’t able to facilitate any sessions during the grant period due to timing challenges, CHOICES anticipated its first childbirth education class on May 7, 2022, and many future sessions. The course will be required for all birthing patients who have never given birth before and strongly encouraged for all patients.


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CodeCrew

$10,000

GiVE 365 funding has been instrumental in CodeCrew afterschool and summer programs continuing at their pre-pandemic capacity and standards. CodeCrew has forged a wonderful partnership with the Museum of Science & History (MoSH), formerly the Pink Palace. MoSH has opened their doors to CodeCrew's afterschool and summer program and have been proving us classroom space since January 2022. This relationship is mutually beneficial for MoSH members and CodeCrew students and families. We are looking forward to continue bringing STEM education to life at MoSH.

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Creative Aging

Enriching Seniors' Lives Through the Arts » $4,000

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Services of Memphis, Inc. (ADS) offers a resource of community-based support for families that can prevent, divert or delay the need for institutionalized care and its associated financial and emotional costs. Prior to receipt of this grant, funding only allowed Creative Aging to present six music/arts engagement events a year to each of ADS locations. Music and arts workshops provide ADS participants opportunities to engage with one another, staff, and their family caregivers. Most participants have very limited or no access to the arts outside of their daycare hours at ADS. Because of the opportunity afforded by this grant, events at ADS have increased from once every eight weeks to having musical performances or an arts workshop every two weeks—and sometimes more.

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Just City

$14,300
In early October 2021, our team collaborated with Baby Grand, a local Black-owned creative branding agency, to identify and develop a campaign strategy aligned with the program's capabilities. In November 2021, the Clean Slate Coordinator reached out to former clients with successful expungements for clarity, resonance, and connection feedback on six campaign messaging options provided by Baby Grand. Sharing the responses with Baby Grand, they determined two main messages to utilize in the campaign. Recently, we bought a URL for a website providing public access to expungement eligibility information that will be available for the campaign's May 2022 launch. This fundamental change in how we support our clients necessitated notifying the General Sessions and Criminal Court clerks' offices that we are no longer submitting initial paperwork on behalf of clients directly to the offices, but now advising the clients on how to initiate the expungement process and or pay off court debt at the clerk's office themselves.

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Landmark Training Development Company

Landmark Farmers Market »$5,000

We obtained a desktop computer for our food pantry— which, as an agency partner of the Mid-South Food Bank—allows us to utilize their software, which is vital to our food pantry's continued operations. We bought yard signs for our farmers market and placed them throughout the Orange Mound community we serve. Also, we bought postcards that described our farmers market and distributed them throughout the 38111 and 38114 zip codes. We obtained two sink vanities: one for the food pantry and one for the farmers market. We had a new toilet installed in the food pantry, too. The remainder of funds were used to pay our food pantry manager and utility bills.
 

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Man Up Teacher Fellowship

Building Up Memphis: One Teacher at a Time » $10,000
With support from GiVE 365, we held our Praxis Academy Sessions in fall 2021 and spring 2022. We have had several participants pass the Praxis! It is always great to get an email or a text from a participant who has just passed a Praxis test. We have also expanded our recruitment from Memphis and Shelby County to statewide recruiting. And we have recently partnered with Middle Tennessee State University to recruit, train, and mentor men of color through their undergraduate program. We are looking forward to our next Praxis Academy Session in fall 2022. 

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Memphis Library Foundation

English Classes in Public Parks and Other Community Spaces »  $5,000
During the first round of classes, our team hosted three sessions (A, B, and C) to ensure maximum impact and to make it convenient for attendees to choose the session(s) that worked best with their schedule and location. We recorded 187 for total class attendance between these three sessions. In class C, which met initially at Audubon Park then ultimately met at the Central Library, two learners had 100% attendance. Also, between the two classes (class A and class B) that met at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, one learner had 100% attendance. Short, eight-question surveys were provided for the learners to complete at the final class session. The surveys aimed to capture how the learners perceived their own improvements, what types of topics were helpful, what methods of instruction were most helpful, as well as some demographic information. The responses were recorded separately from the learners' names to allow anonymity of their responses. In reply to the “Is there anything else you would like to comment about these classes?” question, one learner wrote, “I want to say thanks for everyt[h]ing. My teachers are awesome.” Another reply to the same question is, “Pretty good class. I am very satisfied.” 

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