Spending a weekend in Memphis, you immediately get a sense of history: civil rights, rock and roll, the blues, barbeque. But digging deeper -- visiting with community leaders, nonprofit directors, school principals -- something else is revealed: a fierce determination, commitment, and vision to change the statistics and story for Memphis's most vulnerable children. We are grateful to have been welcomed so warmly to Memphis, and we are proud to be playing a small part in what is truly a "renaissance of obligation" in Memphis's ongoing mission to redefine "our children" as inclusive of every child, in every neighborhood -- with the tireless goal of ensuring that each child has a real opportunity to reach his or her potential.
Our mission is to engage students and recent college graduates to address community needs, empowering a generation through collaborative efforts to promote change in the communities we serve.
Impact America - Tennessee now operates a full-scale program with a team of ten college graduates based in Memphis. We also serve communities around Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
You can be a part of the story through a year of service with Impact America - Tennessee. We are accepting applications for full-time 2017-18 Corps Members now!
% of preschoolers who receive adequate vision screenings.
FocusFirst Impact Stats
12,058 Children Screened
1,368 Children failed the screenings (11.3%)
428 Head Starts and Daycare Centers served
7,262 Children Screened in Memphis alone
% of EITC recipients in Memphis who pay a commercial preparer - on average, $400 per return.
SaveFirst Impact Stats
4 tax sites opened in Memphis
837 tax returns prepared for working families
$1.5M in refunds claimed
$330,000 in commercial tax prep fees saved
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Want to get involved with Impact America - Tennessee? The Impact Corps Program is a yearlong service and leadership program designed to place talented, committed recent college graduates directly into communities we serve. Corps Members plan and execute all initiatives that operate in their state of service as well as recruit and manage the service of college students as they participate in those initiatives. You'll learn about poverty through lenses of education, health, and economics—all the while making a real difference in the lives of families living in poverty.
You can be a part of the story through a year of service with Impact America.
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Recently with Impact America - Tennessee
- SaveFirst offers free tax preparation at four locations in MemphisImpact America - Tennessee's SaveFirst program is currently offering free, fast electronic tax preparation services for working families at four locations in Memphis.
- FocusFirst Featured in Better TennesseeBetter Tennessee, published by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Tennessee, discusses the importance of FocusFirst in the state's preschool age children living in rural and urban communities.
- Impact America - Tennessee Corps Member Featured by Serve901AmeriCorps VISTA member Josh Waddell discusses Impact America - Tennessee's work in the Memphis area.
- Impact America - Tennessee launches SaveFirst in MemphisSaveFirst offers free tax preparation services at the Binghampton Development Corporation in Memphis, helping working families receive their full income tax refund and save on commercial tax preparation fees.
MAJOR IMPACT AMERICA - TENNESSEE SUPPORTERS
Each spring, Rhodes College offers a course on poverty with a requirement of service learning with our SaveFirst initiative. Additional students volunteer with FocusFirst.
University of Memphis nursing students have participated with FocusFirst to provide free vision care to hundreds of children in Memphis. Business and social work students volunteer with SaveFirst.
Christian Brothers University has sponsored a poverty course that incorporates SaveFirst as a service learning component. Additional students have volunteered with FocusFirst.
The University of Tennessee has been instrumental in launching FocusFirst in the Knox County area.
Impact America - Tennessee's pilot tax site was housed at the Binghampton Development Corporation, a strong partner that is helping us with community outreach and relationships. Our tax site at BDC is in its third year and continues to thrive!
Sight Savers America coordinates all follow-up care, provided free of charge, for children who fail FocusFirst vision screenings.
The Southern College of Optometry coordinates follow-up care for all children who fail the vision screenings conducted by FocusFirst.
We are proud to be a partner agency with the Junior League of Memphis and are excited to have its members volunteer with SaveFirst.