Tennessee AmeriCorps Programs

2022-2023 Team Tennessee AmeriCorps State Programs

Volunteer Tennessee currently funds eighteen (18) AmeriCorps State programs across Tennessee and their information is listed below. Information on additional National Services Programs can be found here.

East Tennessee

Appalachia CARES – Clinch-Powell RC& DC: Rutledge / Greeneville area

The Appalachia CARES program is a school and community-based service-learning program which promotes COMMUNITY, ACTION, RESPONSIBILITY, EDUCATION, and SERVICE as program cornerstones. Appalachia CARES engages its members in direct service with youth and community volunteers in primarily rural areas in middle and east Tennessee counties in partnership with community-based organizations and local schools. The overall goal of the program is to impact participants through service-learning.

Contact: Trenna Brown                     Email: appalachiacares@clinchpowell.net

Phone: 423-620-3456                       Website: www.clinchpowell.net/content/appalachia-cares


Appalachian Regional Coalition of HomelessnessJohnson City area 
Appalachian Regional Coalition of Homelessness is planning for the integration of AmeriCorps members into a program that aims to reduce homelessness by providing a combination of housing and social services in the Appalachia region of east Tennessee.

Contact: Anne Cooper                       Email: anne@appalachianhomeless.org

Phone: (423) 218-4090                     Website: www.appalachianhomeless.org


CAC AmeriCorps - Knoxville- Knox County Community Action Committee: Knoxville
CAC AmeriCorps is Tennessee’s only environmental corps. Members serve youth and adults by facilitating environmental education by using service-learning curricula.

Contact: Jason Scott                     Email: jason.scott@knoxcac.org

Phone: 865-546-3500                  Website: www.cacamericorps.org


Community Cares – Tennessee's Community Assistance Corporation: Morristown/various sites across Tennessee
Members assist frail seniors and persons with disabilities by direct, in-home assistance so that the residents can remain living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Contact: Rebecca Basenfelder                     Email: rebecca@tcac1.org

Phone: 423-586-7636 ext.307                       Website: www.tcac1.org 


Project Inspire – Public Education Foundation: Chattanooga

 Project Inspire is a teacher residency that attracts and prepares aspiring teachers through a year-long, real-world experience in the classroom. Members will serve 5 days a week throughout the entire school year at select host sites, and members will also earn a graduate degree (M.A.T.) through the 14-month program at Lee University.

Contact: Mark Neal                            Email: MNeal@pefchattanooga.org

Phone: 423-668-2439                     Website: www.projectinspiretn.org

T.E.A.M. – Emerald Youth Foundation: Knoxville
T.E.A.M. AmeriCorps members serve urban young people by leading structured afterschool and summer day camp activities (academic, enrichment, leadership, health activities, and mentoring) alongside the staff of a faith-based organization. The goal is to see young people become contributing leaders and live a full life. 

Contact: Rachel Davis                              Email: rdavis@emeraldyouth.org

Phone: 865-637-3227    ext. 112          Website: www.emeraldyouth.org      

Middle Tennessee

Hands On Nashville: Nashville
Hands On Nashville builds capacity for individuals and agencies to meet needs through volunteerism. Its AmeriCorps program honors that work by engaging members in yearlong terms of service with HON and its environmental community partners. Member activities include stream restoration, environmental education, volunteer project management, urban canopy care, and community outreach.

Contact: Jann Seymour                         Email: jann@hon.org    

Phone: 615-298-1108 x409                   Website: www.hon.org


Relay New Teacher Pathway – Relay Graduate School of Education: Nashville and Memphis

AmeriCorps members participate in the innovative teacher preparation program, the Relay New Teacher Pathway (RNTP), in Nashville and Memphis. 

Contact: Kristal Wimberly                               Email: kwimberly@relay.edu

Phone: 917-753-6716                                Website: www.relay.edu

Teach For America: Nashville-Chattanooga
Teach For America believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. They recruit, train and place outstanding teacher leaders into classrooms serving low-income children throughout Davidson and Hamilton County.

Contact: Megan Lemming                 Email: megan.lemming@teachforamerica.org

Phone: 615-242-6263 ext. 40132        Website: www.teachforamerica.org/where-we-work/nashville-chattanooga

THRIVE – Martha O’Bryan Center: Nashville
AmeriCorps members serve at Martha O'Bryan Center in the youth development program, THRIVE.  Members will help young people change their futures by mentoring youth in local schools assisting the youth to succeed in school. AmeriCorps members also participate in our after school tutorials, generate excitement about learning and community service and work to encourage parent participation. Members also work with adult GED students.

Contact: Nate Kerr                             Email:  nkerr@marthaobryan.org

Phone: 630-408-7547                 Website: www.marthaobryan.org

West Tennessee        

Bridge Builders ® Expansion- BRIDGES USA, Inc.: Memphis
BRIDGES' mission is to unite and inspire diverse youth to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. Bridge Builders Expansion addresses key needs facing Memphis area youth in grades 6-12 through experiential learning and the facilitation of our Bridge Builders curriculum that targets low academic performance and graduation rates, low rates of cultural competency, and low rates of opportunity for meaningful civic engagement.

Contact:  Tosca Nance-Jones                      Email:  tnancejones@bridgesusa.org

Phone: 901-260-3790                      Website: www.bridgesusa.org

City Year Memphis

City Year Memphis AmeriCorps members will be responsible for providing whole school services to approximately 1,500  students and individualized services to 420 students in five Memphis public schools.

Contact: Hannah (Perrin) McFarland                    Email: EPerrin@cityyear.org

Phone: 310-266-3280                                               Website: www.cityyear.org

Generations – Porter Leath: Memphis

AmeriCorps members serve in Head Start centers, promoting physical fitness and education for low-income and at-risk children through physical education activities.  Members also teach these activities to parents so that they can implement them in the home, leading to a greater understanding of physical development, increasing school readiness and promoting an active lifestyle.

Contact: Judy Rautine                                  Email: jrautine@porterleath.org

Phone: 901-577-2500 x1128                     Website: www.porterleath.org

Impact America - Tennessee: Memphis/various sites across TN*

Impact America - Tennessee AmeriCorps members will implement substantive service-learning projects related to health and economic opportunity in 26 TN counties, primarily around Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.  AmeriCorps members will be responsible for: providing free vision screenings for 21,000 young children, with follow-up care for those failing the screening; and preparing tax returns for 2,000 low-income households.  In addition, the AmeriCorps members will leverage 90 additional volunteers who will be engaged in conducting vision screenings at hundreds of childcare centers and assisting with free tax preparation at 4 IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites managed by Impact America.

Contact: Hunter Keane                       Email: hkeane@impactamerica.com

Phone: (855) 459-1923                       Website: www.impactamerica.com

Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) – Memphis Teacher Residency: Memphis
MTR recruits outstanding leaders as co-teachers for Memphis' most academically-challenged public schools. Our mission is to positively impact student achievement in Memphis urban schools by recruiting, training and supporting outstanding teachers. All members are placed in Memphis' Title I schools that have an enrollment that is more than 50% Free or Reduced Price Lunch assisted.

Contact: Suzanne Oates               Email:    suzanne@memphistr.org

Phone: 901-485-8109                    Website: www.MemphisTR.org

Teach For America: Memphis
Teach For America believes that all children deserve the opportunity to attain an excellent education. They recruit, train and place outstanding teacher leaders into classrooms serving low-income children throughout Memphis and Shelby County.

Contact: Patrick Maloney                   Email: patrick.maloney@teachforamerica.org

Phone: (508) 641-8233          Website: memphis.teachforamerica.org


Volunteer Tennessee AmeriCorps Program Staff    
Latiyfa Fields Gordon Harless  
AmeriCorps Program Manager  AmeriCorps Program Manager 
(615) 253-2805
(615) 253-6313
Latiyfa.Fields@tn.gov Gordon.Harless@tn.gov