Thursday, August 04, 2011

MSPJC launches new initiative for Community-Youth Engagement

The MSPJC Neighborhood Alliance is now proud to be working with Shelby County Juvenile Court in finding meaningful service opportunities for young men and women with court-ordered community service.

Contact us with any neighborhood clean-up, community garden or other neighborhood activities that your association or congregation is working on. Please list the dates and times and how many volunteers are needed and a contact person's info. Juvenile Court will then work with our staff to assign young people with court-ordered community service to opportunities that are close to their homes. The Neighborhood Alliance sees this as an opportunity for mentoring and reaching out to young people within our neighborhoods and more than a simple community service opportunity.

We are proud to report that we have already secured commitments from the SOUTH MEMPHIS FARMERS MARKET as well as the Binghampton-based URBAN FARM and URBAN MARKET. We want to extend our thanks to these wonderful new partners, and we hope they are but the first of many more.

If you have any upcoming events that would be a good opportunity for youth community service, please contact our Organizing Director at or 901.725.4990.

H.O.P.E. Call to Action :: Project Homeless Connect NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT is a massive one-day event targeting unsheltered homeless people in Memphis and Shelby County at which all the resources and services needed to leave homelessness are provided under one roof, at one time. Community volunteers pair up one-on-one with homeless individuals beginning with street engagement and ending with accessing a wide array of resources at the Cook Convention Center. Dozens of agencies and service providers join together to break down barriers that make it difficult for individuals to leave homelessness.

This project is a venture of the Community Alliance to End Homelessness and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is proud to be a community partner in this effort.

We urge everyone to please sign up to be a volunteer at this event, this will be a massive effort and we as a community must mobilize to ensure that it is as much of a success as it can be. To register to volunteer or to get more info go to the event page here. and help us spread the word to your neighborhood association, civic clubs and congregations. They need 1,000 total volunteers, so please make every effort to help yourself and spread the word.

What - Project Homeless Connect

When - Friday,September 16th

Time - 9am-5pm


We are also asking that you help us spread the word about the dire need of those who in the brutal summer heat are experiencing homelessness. We are calling on the community to call our Mayors' AC Wharton at 576-6000 and Mark Luttrell at 545-5000 and urge them to keep their campaign promises and provide set-aside jobs for those who are experiencing homelessness out of the 7.4 million dollars in city contracts for blight demolition, neighborhood clean up and renovation work. We can curb blight and give those who are homeless a fighting chance at the same time.

Brad Watkins
Organizing Coordinator
Mid-South Peace and Justice Center