Giving Back Column

Each Sunday, you can read our "Giving Back" column in The Commercial Appeal (Metro section). The column, which kicked off in 2010, is authored by cityCURRENT president, Jeremy C. Park. It spotlights organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the Mid-South and easy ways to get involved and help their efforts. It also shares helpful tips and easy ways to weave giving back into your normal business and life routine and for creating your own legacy of making a difference in the lives of others. See below to read recent "Giving Back" columns.

  • Giving Back: Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees: Part 3

    • Friday, November 09, 2018
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    Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been sharing some of the pubic nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO produced televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. These are quotes from some of the public nominations we received... Read More
  • Giving Back: Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees: Part 2

    • Wednesday, October 31, 2018
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    Last week we started sharing some of the pubic nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO produced televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Once again, these are quotes from some of the public nominations we received; and these are all current “nominees” for the show... Read More
  • Giving Back: Celebrating SPARK Awards 2018 Nominees, Part 1

    • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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    We recently wrapped up the public nomination phase for our cityCURRENT and WKNO produced televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Now into its fifth year, the show celebrates and honors organizations and individuals, in 13 different categories, who are leading by example and making a difference... Read More
  • Giving Back: Playback Memphis

    • Saturday, October 20, 2018
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    Playback Memphis brings stories to life in a safe space to unlock healing, transformation, and joy in a fun and therapeutic manner. Read More
  • Giving Back: Ballet on Wheels

    • Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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    Ballet On Wheels combines a physical space in Cooper-Young and a traveling dance studio to give its participants an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of dance while developing self-discipline, perseverance and creativity. Ballet On Wheels Dance School is a nonprofit, pre-professional, community- Read More
  • Giving Back: Girls on the Run Memphis

    • Wednesday, October 03, 2018
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    Girls on the Run Memphis works to inspire girls “to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Its name suggests a running club. And while running is a component of Girls on the Run, it’s not the focal point. The 10-week, after-sch Read More
  • Giving Back: Good Shepherd Pharmacy

    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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    Good Shepherd Pharmacy is a membership pharmacy that started in September 2015 with a focus on low-income individuals in need of costly medications. Over the past three years, it’s grown to 1,000 members who pay a monthly membership fee. It started with 200 drugs, but they quickly realized that woul Read More
  • Teach For America

    • Monday, September 17, 2018
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    The circumstances of a child’s birth often play an important role in the opportunities they’ll have throughout life. Teach For America’s vision is for all children to have an opportunity to attain an excellent education, no matter their environment. They do that by finding, developing and supporting Read More
  • Giving Back: Multi-National Ministries

    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
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    Multi-National Ministries has served the refugee and immigrant communities in Memphis since its founding in 1991, showing kindness in ways that help those individuals feel more accepted while understanding local cultures and achieving academic success, all built on the foundation of God’s love. Read More
  • Giving Back: YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South

    • Thursday, August 30, 2018
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    Gym and swim – it’s a logical and accurate assessment of what YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South offers the community. But it’s also so much more than an organization of workout facilities and swimming pools. Read More
  • Giving Back: Agape Means Love

    • Monday, August 20, 2018
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    “Everyone deserves love, hope and encouragement.” That simple line details the mission of faith-based Agape Child & Family Services. Read More
  • Giving Back: Arthritis Foundation

    • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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    Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., affecting one in four people. In Tennessee there are an estimated 1.5 million adults and about 6,000 children who suffer with some form of arthritis. Joint inflammation that causes pain and stiffness can affect anyone at any point in their li Read More
  • Giving Back: Alpha Omega Veterans Services

    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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    Alpha Omega Veterans Services is a Memphis-based organization that assists U.S. veterans to reintegrate into society. That process often includes recovery and rehabilitation from debilitating mental and physical conditions. The social services provided include food; shelter; clothing; referrals for Read More
  • Giving Back: Service Over Self

    • Monday, July 30, 2018
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    Every spring and summer, church youth groups from across the U.S. descend on Memphis to spend a week in the heat repairing roofs and conducting other home repairs. Read More
  • Giving Back: Start Co.

    • Monday, July 23, 2018
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    Start Co. exists to help create an environment where entrepreneurs feel they can take risks in Memphis. The organization uses a variety of accelerators that take a business from seed stage to funding and eventual launch. Those business accelerators include Upstart, Sky High, and Launch Delta Home Se Read More
  • Advance Memphis

    • Friday, July 20, 2018
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    When Advance Memphis formed to help bring resources for economic self-sufficiency to South Memphis in 1999, that neighborhood (38126) was listed as the third-poorest urban ZIP code in the nation. Advance Memphis worked specifically with and for residents of the Cleaborn and Foote public housing deve Read More
  • National MS Society - Bike MS: FedEx Rockin’ Ride 2018

    • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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    The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society is the No. 1 funder of MS research in the world with a current fiscal year 2018 target of $34 million in research investment. Until this past year, the organization was broken down into chapters across the U.S. with local focuses. But today that has chang Read More
  • The Power of a Story and Spreading GOOD News

    • Monday, July 02, 2018
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    When it comes to garnering media coverage, relationships and stories matter. Each of the panelists shared their willingness to talk with the community regarding their preferred methods of communication, the best days and times to receive pitches, how much lead time was needed, and what information t Read More
  • Giving Back: Moore Tech

    • Monday, June 25, 2018
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    Contrary to popular opinion, a four-year degree isn’t the only path to career success. William R. Moore College of Technology in the heart of Midtown Memphis is one of the country’s oldest vocational institutions, where it prepares students for a wide variety of trades. Read More
  • Giving Back: Restore Corps

    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
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    Restore Corps exists to empower survivors, equip communities and seek justice through systemic change, all in an effort to eradicate human trafficking. It does that work here in Memphis, serving the West Tennessee region. Read More
  • Christ Community Health Services

    • Monday, June 11, 2018
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    Christ Community Health Services began in 1995 with a mission to provide quality health care to the underserved of Memphis. Today, it does that through health centers in six distinct communities, which are health care deserts that lack many services. Read More
  • Slingshot Memphis

    • Monday, June 04, 2018
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    Memphis is considered one of the most generous cities in the U.S. The city also has an estimated 175,000 people who live in poverty, including more than 75,000 children. What if the city’s generous spirit better aligned with the great need to eliminate poverty? Read More
  • ARK Farms

    • Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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    ARK Farms hosts groups who need restorative time, whether it’s a family, groups that serve at-risk individuals or youth who want a place to thrive without competition, stress or fear. They come to the farm to care for rescue animals. Read More
  • Indie Memphis

    • Monday, May 21, 2018
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    Indie Memphis has existed for more than 20 years as part of an effort to create community through independent film while supporting the development of filmmakers. It serves film fans and the local industry through an annual festival, youth programming, yearlong programming and artist development. Read More
  • Honoring First Responders

    • Monday, May 14, 2018
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    On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Cumulus Media Memphis hosted The First Responders Luncheon honoring the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Sponsored by many local companies and organizations, the event honored 18 Officers for their dedication, bravery, and service to our community. Read More
  • AngelStreet

    • Wednesday, May 09, 2018
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    AngelStreet mentors inner-city girls by providing musical training in communities where it otherwise wouldn’t exist. AngelStreet started in North Memphis at the Oasis Enrichment Center and will soon be expanding to the Graham Heights neighborhood, serving youth who attend STREETS Graham Heights. Read More
  • Las Americas

    • Monday, April 30, 2018
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    The mission of Las Americas is to “serve and develop functional and successful Latino youth and children of all ages and to help them make a smooth transition into the American school system and lifestyle.” It does this by empowering students through outreach, missions and recreational and education Read More
  • CodeCrew

    • Friday, April 27, 2018
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    CodeCrew addresses the city’s digital skills gap by mentoring underrepresented kids to be tech innovators and leaders. CodeCrew provides in-depth computer science training to the community’s children; serves as a resource for parents, educators and others looking to address the skills gap; and raise Read More
  • Special Olympics Greater Memphis

    • Monday, April 16, 2018
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    The Special Olympics uses sports as a way to showcase the skills and dignity of more than 4.9 million athletes in 172 countries, including some 2,500 who participate in the Memphis area. Read More
  • Creative Aging

    • Monday, April 09, 2018
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    Memphis has a thriving music and arts scene, but sometimes it can be difficult for our community’s seniors to access it. Creative Aging works to solve this issue of access by bringing the arts to the city’s seniors wherever they live and gather. Read More
  • The Arc Mid-South

    • Monday, April 02, 2018
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    The Arc Mid-South’s mission is to empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential. Read More
  • Community Alliance for the Homeless

    • Thursday, March 08, 2018
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    Community Alliance for the Homeless is a nonprofit organization that provides planning, technical assistance and service coordination to a range of public and private agencies that work to end homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County. The organization formed in 2010 after the merger of Partners fo Read More
  • Memphis Suit Project is Helping Men Get Job-Ready

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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    First impressions matter, especially when attempting to get a job. Looking sharp on an interview often plays an important role in whether someone ultimately is offered a job. Memphis Suit Project helps men clear that hurdle. Read More
  • My Town Miracles is Changing Lives in the Mid-South

    • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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    My Town Miracles is a prime example of how one business can play a role in changing the lives of people in its community. My Town Movers co-owner Noel Fenderson founded My Town Miracles in 2016. He found inspiration in his Christianity to see how he could use his businesses, My Town Movers and My To Read More
  • Communities In Schools of Tennessee is Working in Memphis

    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
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    Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) is part of the national Communities In Schools network, a leader in dropout prevention across the U.S. The organization’s mission is to “surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” Read More
  • Meritan is a Good Samaritan to Over 1,400 in the Mid-South

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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    Meritan is a Memphis organization that strives to assist the well-being and independence of individuals of all ages in the Mid-South. Meritan provides services to more than 1,400 Memphians annually related to foster care, home health, in-home personal care, intellectual and developmental disabilitie Read More
  • Carpenter Art Garden: from empty lot to community catalyst

    • Monday, January 22, 2018
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    Art has a way of speaking to a person’s soul. Erin Harris is an art teacher, so she knows the impact creativity has on children. Read More
  • Make it a Priority to Thank and Help our Veterans

    • Tuesday, January 16, 2018
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    There are countless Veterans who need and deserve our love and support; and there are many nonprofits locally and nationally working to help those who are struggling, like this man I met 23 years ago. This year, make it a priority to thank every veteran you see out in public, who have given so much Read More
  • The Power of Crafting a Vision Board

    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018
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    Make the most of this New Year by crafting a vision board. Read More
  • Realize a Dream in 2018

    • Tuesday, January 02, 2018
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    The more clear our vision, the easier it will be to make decisions and find ways to continually step closer to accomplishing our plan and fulfilling our dreams. So, here’s a wish for all of us to realize a dream in 2018! Read More
  • The SPARK Awards 2017 Airs Monday, December 18 at 8 PM on WK

    • Sunday, December 17, 2017
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    The SPARK Awards 2017 airs Monday, December 18 at 8 PM on WKNO Read More
  • Make the Most of the Holidays to Help Your Job Search

    • Thursday, December 14, 2017
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    This time of year can be tough when it comes to searching for a job. We only have about a week left before many corporate leaders go on vacation and things start slowing down dramatically around the office, which means hiring decisions get put on hold until after the New Year. Read More
  • The Power of Being Intentional with Your Nonprofit Board

    • Monday, December 04, 2017
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    By being intentional with your board members, you can better leverage their talents and focus their efforts to help fulfill the mission of your nonprofit. Read More
  • On #GivingTuesday, Let’s Grit. Grind. Give!

    • Monday, November 27, 2017
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    Learn ways you can participate in Grit. Grind. Give., Memphis' local effort to support "Giving Tuesday," a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable donation season. Read More
  • Welcome My brother and His Family to the Area

    • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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    cityCURRENT president, Jeremy C. Park, is excited to welcome his brother, Jeff Park, and family to the Mid-South! Read More
  • Celebrating SPARK Awards 2017 Nominees: Part 5

    • Monday, November 06, 2017
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    Over the last four weeks we’ve been sharing some of the public nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. There were so many nominations submitted that it would take over a year to highlight each nominee; but I’m going to take this week and Read More
  • Celebrating SPARK Awards 2017 Nominees: Part 6

    • Monday, November 06, 2017
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    Over the last five weeks we’ve been sharing some of the public nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. We’ve hardly scratched the surface, in terms of highlighting all of the organizations and individuals who were nominated, but I hope yo Read More
  • Celebrating SPARK Awards 2017 Nominees: Part 4

    • Friday, October 27, 2017
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    Over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing some of the pubic nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Once again, these are all current nominees for the show, which honors organizations and individuals who are making a difference in the Mi Read More
  • Celebrating SPARK Awards 2017 Nominees: Part 3

    • Friday, October 20, 2017
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    Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been sharing some of the pubic nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Read More
  • Celebrating SPARK Awards 2017 Nominees: Part 2

    • Thursday, October 12, 2017
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    Last week we started sharing some of the pubic nominations that were submitted for our cityCURRENT and WKNO televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Once again, these are current nominees for the show, which honors organizations and individuals in 13 different categories, who are making a difference Read More
  • Celebrating SPARK Awards 2017 Nominees: Part 1

    • Tuesday, October 03, 2017
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    We recently wrapped up the public nomination phase for our cityCURRENT and WKNO televised awards show, The SPARK Awards. Read More
  • Yes, MAM!

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
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    Back in August, cityCURRENT and Smith & Nephew teamed with Memphis Athletic Ministries, fondly known as MAM, to host an event featuring guest speaker, Dr. Jen Welter. Dr. Welter is widely known as a trailblazer and pioneer in professional football, where she went from playing football for $1 a game Read More
  • Help One Person a Day to Help Change the World

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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    When I was young, I prayed for world peace and for everyone to realize life is valuable and short. I dreamt we could put an end to atrocities like racism and poverty, and that we could get along, be happy, safe, and carefree. I know that seems naïve, especially with the current state of things; but Read More
  • Creating a Meaningful Volunteer Experience

    • Wednesday, September 06, 2017
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    As Sarah notes: “Volunteers can be the deciding factor in whether a nonprofit is thriving or just surviving. Volunteers feed our hungry, comfort our children, and shelter our homeless. Providing a quality, thoughtful volunteer experience benefits the volunteer, the people they serve, and ultimately Read More
  • Creative Ways to Reward Volunteers

    • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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    Last week we started sharing helpful tips and advice from our recent “Get On Board” workshop hosted by cityCURRENT and The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. Our speaker was Dr. Sarah Petschonek, founder and Executive Director of Volunteer Odyssey; and our topic centered on how to grow and maintain Read More
  • Create a Culture that Engages Volunteers

    • Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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    One of our regularly scheduled cityCURRENT events is the “Get On Board” workshop that we host each quarter in partnership with The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. It’s a FREE lunch series that’s open to the public and designed to help those who either work for a nonprofit or would like to or are Read More
  • Memphis Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack

    • Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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    Emma Johnson, an ECS Senior is leading the effort to raise $22,000 and recruit 500 volunteers to help pack 100,000 meals between Friday, September 8 from 7 to 9 PM and Saturday, September 9 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM with the event, Memphis Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack. Read More
  • Time to cast your nominations for The SPARK Awards 2017

    • Tuesday, August 08, 2017
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    It’s that time of year again! The month of August is our kickoff to The SPARK Awards season and when we ask you, the public – readers of The Commercial Appeal – to help us thank the organizations and individuals who are leading by example, giving back, and making a difference in the Mid-South. Read More
  • A Tribute to Kay Hussey

    • Monday, July 31, 2017
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    On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the music in Heaven became more beautiful! That evening, we lost my mother-in-law, Kay Crumby Hussey, fondly known in her hometown of Corinth, Mississippi, as “Miss Kay,” and to all the grandkids in our family as “Memommy.” Read More
  • The Giving Hour

    • Monday, July 24, 2017
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    Take a moment and check out the Giving Hour and then make the commitment to give at least one hour of your year, month, or week to make a difference as a mentor. Read More
  • A Bike and a Backpack Filled with Burritos

    • Friday, July 21, 2017
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    Urban Bicycle Food Ministry is now celebrating its 5th year of seeking out and feeding the homeless in Memphis via bicycle twice each week. Volunteers meet every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning to prepare approximately 200 burritos and hotdogs. Read More
  • 24 Hours to Help a Child

    • Monday, July 10, 2017
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    What if you could make a BIG difference in the life of a child, help strengthen our city and grow personally and spiritually, all at once; and it would only require 24 hours of your time – the equivalent of a day? Read More
  • Rounding Up For A Cause

    • Friday, July 07, 2017
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    You might be surprised at how fast a few extra cents can add up to help a nonprofit and make a difference in our community. Read More
  • Thank YOU

    • Friday, June 30, 2017
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    Hard to believe, but this Giving Back column now has surpassed four years of being published in The Commercial Appeal. Overall, we’re into our seventh year, as the column originally kicked off back in 2010. Quickly doing the math, that’s more than 330 columns... Read More
  • Orienting New Board Members

    • Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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    This week, lets assume you’ve used Mark’s tips to find the perfect candidate and recruit him or her to your nonprofit board; now it’s time to take the next step with a board member orientation. Read More
  • Recruiting Nonprofit Board Members

    • Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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    Over the last couple of years cityCURRENT has partnered with The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc. to host a quarterly series of “Get On Board” lunch workshops designed to help nonprofit leaders and those serving on boards become more successful with their efforts. We’ve covered topics like Board S Read More
  • Technology for Social Good

    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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    Technology is powerful and ever changing. It’s allowing us to instantly share information and connect with people around the world. It’s revolutionizing how we think, learn, interact, and conduct business; and it’s magnifying our ability to help others and make a difference, as well. The use of tech Read More
  • COMEC Providing FREE Presentations to Prevent Bullying

    • Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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    May 25 is annually recognized as National Missing Children’s Day. President Ronald Reagan originally established the proclamation in 1983 to honor the efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals who protect children and to encourage all of us to make child safety a priority. Locally, there a Read More
  • Remove Negativity from Your Life

    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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    I’m all about having a good time, especially with family and friends; but life is short and much needs to be done before my legacy is fully written. I’ve always found it hard to sit still and walk slowly. I’d rather run fast, do as many things, help as many people, and accomplish as much as possible Read More
  • Nuru Intl. Fights Terrorism by Fighting Global Poverty

    • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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    In last week’s column, we mentioned that leaders from two global organizations recently spoke in Memphis and highlighted how we could play a role in helping these nonprofits do good on a global stage. We discussed Samaritan’s Feet last week, so now let’s turn our attention to Jake Harriman and his f Read More
  • A Global Stage

    • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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    Over the last two weeks, we’ve had leaders from two global organizations come to Memphis to share their stories and even work alongside us to lift some of our most vulnerable youth. On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 we hosted our annual cityCURRENT - Samaritan’s Feet shoe distribution in partnership with S Read More
  • Stow it, Don't Show it!

    • Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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    Earlier last week I attended the B.I.G. for Memphis event hosted by the Phelps family and team at Phelps Security. Read More
  • Apply for a Monogram Loves Kids Foundation Grant

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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    The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation is now inviting nonprofits to apply for 2017 grants. They’ll be awarding the grants to nonprofits with programs benefiting children and families in the eight regional areas in which Monogram does business... Read More
  • A Simple Gesture: The Green Bag Food Donation Program

    • Thursday, March 23, 2017
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    A simple gesture can go a long way toward making a difference in our community! Read More
  • Impact America – Tennessee

    • Thursday, March 16, 2017
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    Youth and enthusiasm can be powerful resources when leveraged for community good. Read More
  • Pick Up a Brick

    • Monday, March 06, 2017
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    After the welcome and invocation at each of our cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast events we play a short video feature known as “Moving You Forward,” as a part of the regular program. The videos are produced and hosted by Andrew Gieselmann, owner and principal of Sandler Training by Capstone Sales Per Read More
  • A Great Week for US Tennis and for Memphis

    • Thursday, March 02, 2017
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    Two weeks ago was a great week for US tennis and for our city, as well! Read More
  • Start NOW!

    • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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    Brooxie was a graduate of the University of Memphis and taught 1st grade at Ford Road Elementary. I originally met Brooxie through one of my friends and former co-workers, Nicole McGlaughlin, who was one of Brooxie’s best friends. Read More
  • Come See the GOOD

    • Sunday, February 12, 2017
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    Throughout this year, we’ll have more tours and chances for you to see the GOOD taking place. For example, this Thursday, February 16, cityCURRENT will be hosting an opportunity to walk through and learn more about The Soulsville Charter School, The Stax Music Academy, and The Stax Museum of America Read More
  • #NighttoShine2017

    • Sunday, February 05, 2017
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    When Tim Tebow was 15 year old he was serving on a mission trip in a remote jungle in the Philippines and came across a young boy, named Sherwin, whose feet were turned backwards. Sherwin’s village considered the young boy “cursed” and wanted nothing to do with him; but Tebow saw Sherwin as blessed, Read More
  • More Tips to Help Build Nonprofit Awareness

    • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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    Last week we started sharing tips that nonprofit professionals and volunteers can use to increase awareness, fundraising, and volunteer engagement. We covered the power of pictures and video in the last column; so let’s now talk consistency and advice for Facebook. Read More
  • Building Nonprofit Awareness is an Everyday Adventure

    • Thursday, January 19, 2017
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    Given this is such an important topic and one I’m discussing often, let’s take the next few weeks to explore tips that nonprofit professionals and volunteers can use to increase awareness, funding, and physical engagement. Read More
  • Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

    • Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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    After college graduation, I had the rare opportunity to move out to Los Angeles and work as the director of marketing for a television production company. Read More
  • Happy New Year!

    • Sunday, January 01, 2017
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    Happy New Year! It’s 2017 and our chance for a fresh start to accomplish our personal and professional goals and to realize our dreams. I pray this New Year brings you and your family good health and great prosperity, along with much joy, love and peace. Read More
  • Merry Christmas - St. Mary's Soup Kitchen

    • Sunday, December 25, 2016
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    I write this on a day when my wife left early in the morning to serve meals at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen with her co-workers from Germantown Municipal School District. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen, which is located at 155 Market Street in downtown Memphis... Read More
  • Commercials for Good

    • Friday, December 16, 2016
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    The Pitts 3-Peat is more than a community calling card, it’s a strategic civic pride campaign. Todd Lochner, General Manager of Principle Toyota, is now using that concept to share the positives in our community with his commercials. Read More
  • ROI for Donated Corporate Services

    • Monday, December 05, 2016
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    Recently, I’ve met with three companies working heavily with nonprofits regarding the donation of their corporate services... Read More
  • Grit. Grind. Give. – The Memphis Giving Tuesday

    • Monday, November 28, 2016
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    On Tuesday, November 29, our focus turns from gift buying for family and friends to helping others in our community. Read More
  • Define Your Philanthropic Focus

    • Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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    Just like in life, sports, and business, focus is fundamental to philanthropic success. It’s hard to move the needle, so to speak, in a larger social context if your resources and efforts are spread thinly versus taking a more focused approach. Read More
  • Exploring Through the Darkness

    • Wednesday, November 02, 2016
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    Last week, we had the honor of hosting an American hero, Steve Baskis, as our cityCURRENT Signature Breakfast speaker. Ever since he was a child, Steve wanted to serve in the military like his father and grandfather, who both shared with him their stories of service and adventure. Read More
  • “I forgot about your handicap”

    • Sunday, October 23, 2016
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    One of my favorite things about this column and the other inspirational-focused media and events we produce and host through cityCURRENT is the feedback we receive. Many are simple notes of appreciation while others are life lessons or stories of transformation... Read More
  • Cynthia Daniels is SPARKing Change

    • Monday, October 10, 2016
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    There are few people who can match the drive and enthusiasm for social and community organizing that Cynthia Daniels has. A native of Atlanta, GA, Cynthia moved to Memphis in 2009 and embraced everything the city had to offer. Read More
  • Spotlighting more SPARKing Good

    • Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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    Last week we shared some of the public nominations that came in for The SPARK Awards 2016. Since there were so many and they all brought a smile to my face, let’s keep sharing and inspiring more good. Read More
  • Spotlighting Those SPARKing Good

    • Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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    While printing up and sorting through the nominations yesterday, I was touched not only by the sheer numbers – some categories have as many as 25 unique nominations – but by the heartfelt words used to honor and thank our everyday heroes. Reading the nominations brought a huge smile to my face.. Read More
  • Honoring Two American Cancer Society Volunteers

    • Wednesday, September 07, 2016
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    Last Saturday, August 27, my wife, Meredith, and I were blessed. We were honored to emcee the 20th Annual Imagine Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society – Memphis; but we were blessed to be around so many people supporting the effort to find a cure and someday realize a world that’s cancer free Read More
  • Perspective is Needed in Challenging Times

    • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column from The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights how pictures on social media or the well-polished presentations being delivered don't always share the struggles to get to that point. Read More
  • Aligning Your Brand and Mission

    • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column, Jeremy C. Park discusses the rebrand of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club to cityCURRENT. Read More
  • Nominate a Community Champion for The SPARK Awards 2016

    • Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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    Each day in the Mid-South there are countless organizations and individuals leading by example, giving back, and helping others. Read More
  • ARS Teams Up With Tebow to Give Back

    • Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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    Tim Tebow takes partnership with American Residential Services to a new level. ARS is a a privately held national provider of air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services. Read More
  • Climbing the Corporate Ladder

    • Monday, August 01, 2016
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    As I mentioned last week, I’ve recently met with many people who either were looking for job search advice or tips on climbing the corporate ladder. Since we shared job search advice last week, let’s now discuss climbing the corporate ladder. Read More
  • Don’t Wait for the Right Job Opportunity

    • Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column, Jeremy C. Park discusses how volunteering can help you land your dream job. Read More
  • Become a “Go-Giver”

    • Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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    A few weeks ago I sat down with Reverend Richard Hamlet and Jason Tyler with the Global Ministries Foundation, as a guest on their nationally syndicated radio show, “Ministry in the Marketplace.” After the interview, Hamlet sent me a gift that he thought I might enjoy; and he was right! Read More
  • Zero Talent Required

    • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
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    Growing up in a household with an open door policy, where my parents would happily welcome individuals and families who were going through hardships into our home at all hours of the day or night, my brother and I witnessed firsthand the importance and power of helping others. Read More
  • Be COOL This Summer: Volunteer Indoors

    • Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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    There’s nothing “cooler” than helping others and making a difference in your hometown! So, even though it’s HOT outside, that doesn’t have to deter your efforts to give back. Here are three easy ways you can remain COOL this summer by volunteering or helping with projects that are indoors. Read More
  • Take a Vacation and Recharge

    • Sunday, June 19, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares the personal and community benefits of disconnecting and taking a vacation. Read More
  • All About Collaboration

    • Sunday, June 12, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park discusses the importance of collaboration and why it is an important trend in philanthropy among donors, volunteers, and nonprofits. Read More
  • New to Memphis and Looking for a Job?

    • Sunday, June 05, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park discusses the importance of embracing professionals who are moving to our city and looking for employment; and also shares some tips for those same job seekers. Read More
  • Emmanuel Center Memphis: Serving Over 700 Kids Daily

    • Sunday, May 29, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights Emmanuel Center Memphis, which is a safe haven serving over 700 kids daily through education, athletics, and spiritual guidance programs. Read More
  • Being Stretched is Good

    • Sunday, May 22, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park discusses the impact of a quote from Coach Scott Nagy - “Just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s not good! We’re stretched when it’s difficult; and that can be a good thing!” Read More
  • Enhance Your Effectiveness as a Public Speaker

    • Thursday, May 12, 2016
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    Nowadays, there’s a term for everything; and when it comes to the fear of public speaking, the term is Glossophobia. While the anxiety is completely normal, I’ve found that the nerves can be calmed with the proper preparation and training. Read More
  • Samaritan's Feet Unveils World Shoe

    • Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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    According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 billion people across the world are affected by a soil-transmitted disease that could be prevented by wearing proper footwear. Samaritan’s Feet has developed a shoe that can prevent the contraction of these diseases and treat existing wounds. Read More
  • If It's to Be, It's Up to Me!

    • Sunday, May 01, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares a motto his father put in place years ago when he first became a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. Read More
  • The Best Present is Being Present

    • Monday, April 25, 2016
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    Lloyd was a compassionate, faithful, and honest man who cared deeply for others. He was a protector of our community and passionate about his business; but most of all, he was dedicated to God and his family. Read More
  • Become Rich from Simply Giving

    • Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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    Yes, financial giving is important; but you will never become 'poor' by opening up your 'heart' and freely 'giving' of your love and time to help others. - In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park spotlights Anne Frank and Lee Trevino. Read More
  • The Theme is Free at Memphis Public Library

    • Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column, Jeremy C. Park explores the 'FREE' theme to learn and have fun at the Memphis Public Library. Read More
  • Staying Positive, Like a Proton

    • Sunday, April 03, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column, Jeremy C. Park discusses ways to to resolve conflict and model respect for our children and their future. Read More
  • Sometimes it Just Takes Time

    • Sunday, March 27, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park discusses how everything happens for a reason applies to those who realize their dreams and create change in our communities. Read More
  • How Employees Generate Corporate Support for Volunteerism

    • Sunday, March 20, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park discusses how employees can lead by example in generating corporate support for volunteerism. Read More
  • Harwood Center Helps Children with Autism and Developmental

    • Sunday, March 13, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights Harwood Center and their efforts to help children with disabilities reach their full potential. Read More
  • Time is Our Most Valuable Asset

    • Sunday, March 06, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares some tips from Google's Daniel Sieberg recent presentation on finding work-life-technology balance. Read More
  • Do Your Research Before Reaching Out

    • Sunday, February 28, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column, Jeremy C. Park discusses the importance of preparation and doing your research before reaching out to people, attending events, or walking into interviews or meetings. Read More
  • Aligning Your Nonprofit Story with a Corporation’s Story

    • Monday, February 22, 2016
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    I recently moderated a panel discussion at the Mid-South Nonprofit Forum which was hosted at the University of Memphis by FedEx, AutoZone, and First Tennessee; and brought together over 200 local nonprofit leaders for a day of workshops and discussions to share best practices and ways to enhance org Read More
  • Lessons from the Orchestra

    • Sunday, February 14, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares lessons from a recent presentation from music conductor and speaker, Javier Peña. Read More
  • Servant Leadership Displayed at Samaritan’s Feet

    • Sunday, February 07, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares the joy of a recent Samaritan's Feet event and the power of servant leadership. Read More
  • #College4All: The College Initiative

    • Sunday, January 31, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights The College Initiative. Read More
  • Helping Veterans Help Themselves

    • Sunday, January 24, 2016
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    In this week's Giving Back Column in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights the efforts of Alpha Omega Veterans Services. Read More
  • Ministry for the Real World Campaign

    • Sunday, January 17, 2016
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    There’s a beautiful building that I drive by just about every day. Built back in 1912, the converted three-story mansion sits on five acres and strikingly stands out on the corner of East Parkway and Union Avenue, as the home of Memphis Theological Seminary. As impressive as the building is on the o Read More
  • Take Control of Your Story

    • Wednesday, January 13, 2016
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    Take Control of Your Story Read More
  • 5 Ways to Incorporate Service in 2016

    • Sunday, January 03, 2016
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    With hectic schedules, though, the key to success lies in our ability to weave purpose into our everyday actions. Below are five ways to incorporate service into our normal routine, so we can progress personally while giving back to help others at the same time. Read More
  • A Year of Service and Understanding

    • Sunday, December 27, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares why and how community service can bring our city and nation together. Read More
  • Congratulations to the 2015 SPARK Awards Winners

    • Sunday, December 20, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park congratulates and celebrates the 13 winners of The SPARK Awards 2015. Read More
  • Sharing Advice from Parents, Part 2

    • Sunday, December 13, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares more of his favorite responses to the question, "What's some of the best advice you've received from your parents? Read More
  • Sharing Advice from Parents, Part 1

    • Sunday, December 06, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal Jeremy C. Park shares reader responses from his question, "What's some of the best advice you've received from your parents? Read More
  • A Perfect Day Versus a Perfect Moment

    • Sunday, November 29, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park puts the focus on the importance of enjoying the small, precious moments of each day. Read More
  • Fostering Service as a Family

    • Sunday, November 22, 2015
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    Fostering Service as a Family Read More
  • Celebrate Tennis in Memphis with Ivan Lendl

    • Sunday, November 15, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, along with an upcoming FREE community event featuring tennis icon, Ivan Lendl. Read More
  • Giving for Growth

    • Sunday, November 08, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park discusses his newly released second book, Giving for Growth. Read More
  • Providing Homes to Wounded Veteran Heroes

    • Sunday, November 01, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park highlights Military Warriors Support Foundation and their work with wounded veteran Heroes. Read More
  • Ambassadors Will Help Your Cause

    • Sunday, October 25, 2015
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    In this week's #GivingBackColumn in The Commercial Appeal, Jeremy C. Park shares tips for smaller nonprofits to increase attendance at fundraisers. Read More
  • Disability Employment Awareness Month

    • Sunday, October 13, 2013
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    Disability Employment Awareness Month Read More
  • A Symphony of Community Engagement

    • Sunday, October 06, 2013
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    A Symphony of Community Engagement Read More
  • Body, Mind, and Spirit at Church Health Center

    • Sunday, September 29, 2013
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    Body, Mind, and Spirit at Church Health Center Read More
  • Enjoying a World of Sound

    • Sunday, September 15, 2013
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    Enjoying a World of Sound Read More
  • Fighting for a Hunger-Free Mid-South

    • Sunday, September 08, 2013
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    Fighting for a Hunger-Free Mid-South Read More
  • 24/7 Lifeline to Hope

    • Sunday, September 01, 2013
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    24/7 Lifeline to Hope Read More
  • Helping Children, Healing Families

    • Sunday, August 25, 2013
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    Helping Children, Healing Families Read More
  • Call 52-CLEAN to Keep Memphis Green

    • Sunday, August 18, 2013
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    Call 52-CLEAN to Keep Memphis Green Read More
  • Making BIG Differences in LITTLES’ Lives

    • Sunday, August 11, 2013
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    Making BIG Differences in LITTLES’ Lives Read More
  • Engage Employees to Create Win-Win-Win

    • Sunday, July 28, 2013
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    Engage Employees to Create Win-Win-Win Read More
  • JIFF Lowering Youth Recidivism Rates

    • Sunday, July 21, 2013
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    JIFF Lowering Youth Recidivism Rates Read More
  • Talent for Transformation

    • Sunday, July 14, 2013
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    Talent for Transformation Read More
  • Stewards of Children

    • Sunday, July 07, 2013
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    Stewards of Children Read More
  • In Times of Need There is Good Grief

    • Sunday, June 30, 2013
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    In Times of Need There is Good Grief Read More
  • Dorothy Day House helps homeless families move toward self-s

    • Sunday, June 23, 2013
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    Dorothy Day House helps homeless families move toward self-sufficiency Read More
  • Lifeblood's Donor Fest 2013

    • Sunday, June 09, 2013
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    Lifeblood's Donor Fest 2013 Read More
  • Our Small Actions Can Spark Movements

    • Sunday, June 02, 2013
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    Our Small Actions Can Spark Movements Read More

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