Protecting Communities - GiVE 365 Memphis

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For 2022, GiVE 365 members choose to focus on the theme Protecting Communities: projects/programs that address exposure to the trauma of violence or engage the community in violence reduction efforts. Members voted to award a total of $60,800 to support eight organizations doing work around this theme in Memphis. Fifty percent of funded agencies are led by executive directors/CEOs of color.  Over the remainder of the year, members had the opportunity to dive deeper into the theme through engagements with grantees and other educational opportunities like the August 2022 Protecting Communities Panel Conversation. Click below to learn about this year’s grants.

901 BLOC Squad

901 BLOC Squad  » $5,000

The mission of 901 BLOC Squad is to reduce gun violence in the City of Memphis by equipping, empowering, and bridging the gaps of at-risk youth and their families. 901 BLOC Squad does this through community mobilization events and one-to-one mentoring with youth and their families. Communicating the message of peace is our overall goal.

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Advocates for Immigrant Rights

Reducing Trauma Experienced by Immigrants » $3,800

AIR's Community Access and Integration Program is a developing social service program which seeks to support participating clients. AIR recognizes that for our clients, legal representation is often the first step to leading a safer, more secure life. We also believe that access to social service support—including healthcare, sexual and domestic abuse services, and G.E.D. and adult education courses—equally contributes to clients’ overall well-being.

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Carpenter Art Garden

Carpenter Art Garden » $5,000

CAG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with the children of Binghampton to promote each one's creativity and self-worth through exposure to artistic, educational, and vocational programs. CAG's programming galvanizes community transformation and provides tools for education, healthy living (physical and mental), community building, employment, and leadership. CAG's developed programs are designed to address critical issues facing the neighborhood.

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Responding to the Trauma of Family Violence in the Hispanic/Latinx Community  » $5,000

This project serves Hispanic/Latinx victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other violent crimes. Its aim is to empower underserved victims of these crimes to become survivors by providing mental health services to them and their children. Using a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach, bilingual/bicultural counselors offer individual counseling and support groups to help improve clients' quality of life and break the cycle of violence within families.

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The Gentleman's League

Spreading Black Boy Joy across Memphis » $8,000

The Gentlemen's League's mission is to intervene in the lives of at-risk boys to provide them with alternatives that will lead them away from a life of crime and violence and lead them to a life of achievement. Our mission is to educate, empower, and enrich our males. The Gentlemen's League's vision is to instill in the youth of Shelby County Schools the values of mainstream America, while respecting the existing values of the individual.

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Love Doesn't Hurt

Emergency Services » $15,000

Our Emergency Services program takes a holistic approach in bringing resources to victims of crime in the LGBTQ+ community. We provide crisis intervention, complemented with educational sessions with our community partners, to our clients to build resiliency and regain stability after victimization. We provide case management that is customized for the individual needs of each client and addresses barriers that the LGBTQ+ community faces.

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Memphis Rox

Free After Three - After School Rox  » $7,000

Free After Three - After School Rox is an after-school program targeted to youth aged 12-17 that will follow a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) curriculum that pairs climbing with one of the five academic disciplines to provide youth within the community we serve the opportunity to learn while being active, gain mentorship from our professional staff, and have a safe space where they can flourish—all at no-cost to the parents, guardians, or youth.

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Thistle & Bee

Above the Trauma: Residential Program » $12,000

Thistle and Bee offers a two-year trauma focused residential program, "The Hive," designed to address the needs of women escaping sex trafficking, prostitution, and addiction while living in a home setting where they have daily opportunities to practice community living as they heal from histories of physical, emotional, and sexual trauma. All women receive medical, mental, and dental treatments needed. They may pursue education and participate in job skills training and offered employment.

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