Get Involved

Make a Difference

There are more than 3,000 ways you can get involved and make a difference in Memphis. All you have to do is open you heart and follow your passion. There are babies to be rocked at the MED, tickets to be collected at community theaters and flower gardens to be tended. There are political campaigns to conduct, movies to screen, BBQ to be judged and art exhibits to be explained. Whatever cause you desire to advance or learn more about, there is a place for you in Memphis.

Are we unique in Memphis about being community-minded and wanting to serve? You bet we are. Living in the "Volunteer State" of Tennessee, Memphians have built this community on compassion, leadership and service. We give, we get involved and we love it.

There are organizations that can help match your talents and passions to a good cause. Our friends at Volunteer MidSouth can hook you up to a volunteer project for this weekend or over a lifetime. Each of our outstanding arts organizations and programs need volunteers. Go to Arts Memphis for the most complete listing. United Way of the MidSouth connects people who are in need with services, organizations and programs. They are a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities that are providing critical health and human services. If you want to make a difference in a young person’s life, check out the Memphis Grizzlies TeamUp Mentoring Program or learn how you can make an impact on a student enrolled in our Memphis City Schools. There are organizations throughout Memphis where you can help.

Getting involved not only helps advance an organization’s mission, it connects you to like-minded people who are engaged with the Memphis community. People, like you, who want Memphis to be a great place to live, work and play.

Japan Relief Efforts

In response to the unprecedented, widespread and deadly natural disasters which have devastated Japan’s communities, paralyzed and decimated its critical infrastructure and left hundreds of thousands homeless, the Japan-America Society of Tennessee (JAST) has established the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief. Donations are being accepted and are tax deductible to the extent that federal law allows.

In partnership with the Japanese Traders and Manufacturer Association of Memphis and the Greater Memphis Chamber, donations to the fund are now being accepted at all branches of First Tennessee Bank. Contributions will be directed in full, without bank processing fees, to the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund.

Read the full press release and find out how to help.

Prepare Your Business

While we can't stop disasters from occuring, we can make sure that our businesses - and employees - are prepared for the worst. Visit the links below as resources or to find more information on how you can help prepare your business for before, during, and after an unexpected event.

• - Ready Business


• Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

• Red Cross (Middle Tennessee Chapters)

Resource Links
Find Help • Federal Emergency Management Agency
• FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Locator
Statewide Status Report • Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
Business and Employee Resources


• University of Tennessee Flood Guide
• TN Department of Labor (Unemployment)
• When Disaster Strikes: Navigating the Claims Process
• Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance
• National Flood Insurance Program
Local Information
(Street Closings, Water System Updates, City and County Services)
• Brentwood
• Clarksville
• Columbia
• Franklin
• Gallatin
• Hendersonville
• Millington
• Nashville
Other Links of Interest • United Way
SOURCE: BCLC Disaster Assistance & Recovery, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Memphis Youth Career Development Program

Program Overview

The Memphis Youth Career Development Program (MYCDP) is a partnership with the Greater Memphis Chamber and Cummins Inc. The program will provide a work learning experience to youth by acquainting them with career opportunities as identified in the Fast Forward Initiative. The program will develop employable, manageable, prepared individuals to succeed in the emerging workforce.

Program Description

The Memphis Youth Career Development Program (MYCDP) is an eight week interactive summer employment program that addresses the complexities and the requirements to succeed in the world of employment. The program will educate youth with a comprehensive experience designed to enlighten them to the expectations and needs of the workforce. Youth will also acquire knowledge of emerging technology and workforce indicators of the future. Interactive activities offered through the program will afford youth the opportunity to place theoretical information into practical application. MYCDP is a multidimensional workforce curriculum that offers a diverse group of staff serving as mentors, workshop leaders, and business advisors.

Read our Memphis Crossroads article about how this program is preparing tomorrow's Memphis workforce.

For more information about the MYCD Program, contact Delories J. Williams, Director of Workforce Development, at (901) 543-3564.