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Tennessee AmeriCorps Programs

East Tennessee

AmeriCorps*Building Futures – AIM Center: Chattanooga
AIM Center AmeriCorps members will help address the stigma of mental illness while serving at the AIM Center. Members will holistically address the basic human needs for meaningful relationships, self-sufficiency and community reintegration for people in the greater Chattanooga area with a psychiatric diagnosis.

Contact: Lucy White              Email:

Phone: 423-702-8013                                Website:

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:

Phone: 423-620-3456                       Website:

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:

Phone: (423) 218-4090                     Website:

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:

Phone: 865-546-3500                  Website:

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:

Phone: 423-586-7636 ext.307                       Website: 

Making Veterans Priority (MVP) – Tennessee’s Community Assistance Corporation: Morristown/various sites across Tennessee

MVP AmeriCorps members will provide a wide array of services for veterans and their families that are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless due to lack of income, physical and/or mental health issues, disabilities, trauma, substance abuse, and weak social networks.  The goal is to allow them to improve their quality of life, while giving them the resources, respect and encouragement they deserve to live a more productive and fulfilling life.

Contact: Rebecca Basenfelder                     Email:

Phone: 423-586-7636 ext.307                       Website:

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:

Phone: 423-668-2439                     Website:

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:

Phone: 865-637-3227    ext. 112          Website:      

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:    

Phone: 615-298-1108 x409                   Website:

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: Allison Moore                               Email:

Phone: 646-604-9515                                 Website:

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: Kenya Payne                    Email:

Phone: 615-242-6263 ext. 40132        Website:

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: Donna Anderson                             Email:

Phone: 615-254-1791 ext. 225                Website:

West Tennessee        

Alder Graduate School of Education: Memphis
Alder Graduate School of Education is a teacher residency program in which AmeriCorps members co-teach in K-8 classrooms in underserved public schools in Memphis. Adler Graduate School provides a rigorous and supportive teacher training program that recruits and trains individuals of all ages and backgrounds to become highly-effective teachers. Their mission is to create opportunity and cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect our school communities.

Contact: L. Sha Fanion, Ed.D             Email:

Phone: (901) 569-1945                            Website:

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:

Phone: 901-260-3790                      Website:

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 two Memphis public schools.

Contact: Hannah Perrin                    Email:

Phone: 310-266-3280                     Website:

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:

Phone: 901-577-2500 x1128                     Website:

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:

Phone: 901-485-8109                    Website:

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: Andrea Kukoff                   Email:

Phone: 901-527-7510 ext. x36150           Website:


Volunteer Tennessee AmeriCorps Program Staff    
Monica Hodges Daniel Sparkman  
AmeriCorps Program Manager  AmeriCorps Program Manager 
(615) 253-6313
(615) 253-2805