Leadership Memphis Acquires Volunteer Mid-South
Posted by: David Williams at
Monday, February 9, 2015
Leadership Memphis expands services and strengthens city’s civic engagement opportunities by acquiring Volunteer Mid-South
On February 9, 2015, Leadership Memphis announced it has acquired Volunteer Mid-South, a local nonprofit organization that was the face of volunteerism in the greater Memphis area for 40 years. As an action initiative of Leadership Memphis what was known as Volunteer Mid-South will now be known as Volunteer Memphis.
“Leadership Memphis will take volunteerism to the next level,” said Leadership Memphis President and CEO, David Williams. “Our mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community, and volunteerism is one more way for us to fulfill that mission and make a difference.”
With the acquisition of Volunteer Mid-South, Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis are the official local affiliate of the national organization, Points of Light, as well as the national HandsOn Network. Points of Light was founded by President George H. W. Bush and inspires millions of volunteers annually.
The addition of Volunteer Memphis is expected to provide an expanded platform for Leadership Memphis to increase the recruitment, training and connectivity of thousands of volunteers to hundreds of nonprofit organizations that rely on volunteers to do what they do every day in the community. Each year, over 316,000 Memphians volunteer in their community, additionally giving back 25.6 volunteer hours per resident, according to The Corporation for National & Community Service’s Volunteering and Civic Life in America.
“I can’t say enough about the great things accomplished by Volunteer Mid-South over their 40 years of distinguished service to the Memphis area, and about the staff, board and volunteers who gave so much of themselves,” Williams added. “Leadership Memphis is honored to carry the torch forward and continue their legacy into the future.”
Leadership Memphis is meeting with local and national partners in the coming weeks to gather their input as a way of identifying and prioritizing the ways in which volunteerism should be developed by Volunteer Memphis. Volunteer Memphis expects to respond to needs of the nonprofit community, as well as individuals, youth and families, companies, faith communities and the public sector. A full-time director will be hired by March. Other staff will be added as resources and capacity become available.
Leadership Memphis may best be known for its programs that develop community leaders. It graduates 200 adults from its three programs each year. Approximately 2700 alumni have participated in a Leadership Memphis program since the first class graduated in 1979. In addition to the Volunteer Center, Leadership Memphis leads other action initiatives to increase post-secondary attainment, including the Memphis Talent Dividend, Graduate Memphis, and SUCCESS High Schools.
Originally known as The Volunteer Center of Memphis, the organization was established in 1975 by the Junior League of Memphis & the National Council of Jewish Women. In 2000, the name was changed to Volunteer Memphis. In 2006, Volunteer Memphis merged with HandsOn Memphis and in 2009 was rebranded as Volunteer Mid-South.
To learn more about Volunteer Memphis, visit www.volunteermemphis.org