GOODworks is a cityCURRENT media effort focused on creating a continuous conversation about those making our community a better place. It's spreading positive news and covering stories of hope and success within the realms of nonprofits, education, and corporate philanthropy.

  • GOODworks: Root Nashville

    • Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    In April of 2016, the Livable Nashville Committee comprised of Music City’s leading experts in public, private, education, environmental and philanthropic sectors released a report evaluating the livability and environmental quality of Nashville as a city. With an ambitious vision to make Nashville Read More »
  • GOODworks: Instruments of Joy

    • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
    Founded in 2013, the mission of Instruments of Joy is to provide quality musical instruments to musicians in need. Read More »
  • Death in the Digital Age - Tips from Alive Hospice

    • Friday, May 10, 2019
    One of the hardest facts to accept about ourselves is also the simplest: you are going to die. One day, hopefully far in the future but assuredly approaching, you will cease to exist on earth. Whatever you believe happens next, the fact that you will no longer be with us is inescapable. Read More »
  • GOODworks: The Joseph School

    • Thursday, May 09, 2019
    The idea for The Joseph School began in 2010 when Founder and Chairman of the Board, Jim Bryson, felt called to visit Haiti with his church to help with the orphan crisis after the country experienced a devastating earthquake. Read More »
  • GOODworks: Baptist, Christ Community Open Homeless Clinic

    • Saturday, March 02, 2019
    The clinic, located inside Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s main building at 1325 Jefferson Ave, will complement the health care services offered through the Baptist Operation Outreach mobile clinic for the homeless. The mobile clinic travels several day a week to locations that serve the home Read More »
  • Ryan Seacrest Foundation: Broadcasting Internships

    • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Just about everyone is familiar with radio show personality, television host and producer, Ryan Seacrest, but what some may not know is that he is also the Chairman and Founder of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. The Ryan Seacrest Foundation (RSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is Read More »
  • AutismETC Provides Care, Understanding for Families

    • Thursday, February 14, 2019
    The struggle for access to affordable quality care is well known by families with children with special needs. With rates of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) increasing by 15%, at an estimated 1 in 59 children in 2018 in the US according to the Center for Disease Control. Read More »
  • Crafting Community: Sew for Hope Helps Refugees Find Skills

    • Monday, December 03, 2018
    A refugee’s journey does not end when they escape their homeland. In fact, in many ways it is just beginning. Less than 1% of the global refugee population can pass the first of nine screenings required by the United States, which include background checks, document screening, and biometric data col Read More »
  • Centerstone & Cohen Veterans Network Open Clarksville Clinic

    • Thursday, August 30, 2018
    Few people understand the experience of serving one’s country in combat. Fewer still know what it is like to return home from war and navigate the return to “normal.” PTSD, survivor’s guilt, depression, and transition stress are just some of the challenges veterans and their families face after depl Read More »
  • Making Cyber-Space for Women

    • Thursday, July 05, 2018
    For nearly 20 years, Women in Technology of Tennessee (WiTT) has promoted women in technology through scholarships, community outreach, networking, and education. In that time, WiTT has grown from a small group of local leaders to a community of over 200 women in all areas of tech, including techno Read More »
  • Skillway's 5-Hour Workday

    • Thursday, June 07, 2018
    Together with Skillway’s President and Founder, Dew Tinnin, the leadership at Skillway has set a culture where team members work smarter and think more creatively. Read More »
  • Women in Business & Philanthropy

    • Thursday, May 24, 2018
    Being a city builder, I get a thrill whenever our events spark a connection that moves our community forward. Read More »
  • W.O. Smith Music School

    • Friday, April 27, 2018
    W.O. Smith Music School exists to provide affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families in the Metropolitan Nashville area. Read More »
  • Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television

    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    Nashville Education, Community, and Arts Television, also known as NECAT, exists to teach people how to make TV shows in their cutting-edge studio and then broadcast those shows so that the world can appreciate the art and education of Middle Tennessee. This nonprofit offers an array of programming Read More »
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    For over 114 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, serving as one of the original Boys & Girls Club organizations in the country, has provided a safe, exciting and engaging place to learn, grow and succeed. Read More »
  • It's About Healthy Babies

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    The March for Babies is being held on May 5th from 8 AM - 2 PM at Shelby Farms Park Read More »
  • Scouting and Service

    • Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    Scouting in the Memphis area gives boys and girls the opportunity to learn leadership skills while better understanding how to be productive parts of the community. Read More »
  • Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors Employees Engaged

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    Looking back 25 years, Cushman & Wakefield | Commercial Advisors was founded with a heartbeat for Memphis growth; and now through Community Advisors the company is giving forward through a focused community initiative. Read More »
  • Perfect Vision: Southern College of Optometry

    • Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    Southern College of Optometry has trained future optometrists since its founding in 1932. But more than training future eye care providers, the school provides an important service to those in the Memphis community in need of eyewear, screenings and more. Read More »
  • Spay Memphis Offers Affordable Solution

    • Thursday, February 08, 2018
    Animal overpopulation is a concern in the Mid-South, something Spay Memphis works to address. One fertile cat and her offspring can produce 370,000 kittens in seven years and one fertile dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years. Read More »
  • Yuletide Office Solutions Jolly All Year Round

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    The holiday season has special meaning for the 30 employees at Yuletide Office Solutions. The company started in 1972 during the Christmas season. Every package includes a candy cane, the company’s marketing centers on the color red and drivers wear red shirts. Even company president Chris Miller we Read More »
  • Phelps Security Committed to Memphis Prosperity

    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018
    Patti Phelps said that when she and her husband first started operating the business they were just focused on making it work. But they soon realized there were needs within the community where their company’s focus aligned and they could use their resources to help. Read More »
  • St. Jude, Delta Air Lines Fantasy Flight to the North Pole

    • Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    Delta Air Lines and Memphis International Airport hosted the annual “Fantasy Flight” to the “North Pole” for patients from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their families Friday, December 15. Read More »
  • Metro Construction: Built on Quality and Compassion

    • Thursday, December 07, 2017
    Metro Construction is in business to do quality work, but with every opportunity, their team looks for ways their services and efforts can lead to a better Memphis. Read More »
  • GOODworks: Good Principles at Principle Toyota

    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    Principle Toyota believes success means taking care of the community and the environment in order to establish a strong organization and legacy. Read More »
  • GOODworks: Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Preparing students for real life goes beyond the usual education taught in schools. Financial literacy and work readiness are vital for the success of the community, and Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South tries to fill that need with its programming for school students in the region. Read More »
  • GOODworks: Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
    Memphis has a reputation as a giving community. The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis plays a major role in the coordination of those efforts. Read More »
  • GOODworks: Data Facts

    • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
    Daphne Large started Data Facts in 1989. It remains a 100% woman-owned business, something the company’s president and CEO said makes her proud. But she’s possibly just as proud or even more so about how the company’s employees give back to the community. It’s at the core of what Data Facts does, an Read More »
  • Behind the Scenes, V2 Media share client-focused mission

    • Wednesday, October 25, 2017
    Behind the Scenes and V2 Media show how two companies can work together while operating as individual entities. Read More »
  • Dorothy Wilson Quietly Championed for Disabled Memphians

    • Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Dorothy Wilson is known as the wife of entrepreneur Kemmons Wilson, founder of the Holiday Inn hotel chain, but what’s not as well-known is that Dorothy was an entrepreneur in her own right. Read More »
  • GOODworks: University of Memphis Athletics

    • Tuesday, October 03, 2017
    The University of Memphis student-athletes wear the word “Memphis” on their jerseys, but how they represent the city goes much deeper. Student-athletes give back to the community, sometimes as team projects and others as small groups or even individuals. There were 2,033 community service hours comp Read More »
  • GOODworks: Bodine School

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    The Bodine School in Germantown has worked with children dealing with dyslexia since its first students walked through the door in 1972. Read More »
  • University of Memphis teams up with Volunteer Odyssey

    • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    The University of Memphis has entered into an official partnership with Volunteer Odyssey as the University’s official service partner. Volunteer Odyssey, a Memphis-based one stop shop for meaningful volunteer opportunities in the city, will allow the University to provide vetted service opportunit Read More »
  • Empathy. Understanding. Hope. Hard-work!

    • Thursday, August 31, 2017
    The mission of the Forrest Spence Fund is to assist with the non-medical needs of critically or chronically ill children and their families throughout the Mid-South. Read More »
  • Memphis Inner City Rugby / The First Tee of Memphis

    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017
    “What you find is a kid who naturally is shy that part of the program is what they hate but by week five that’s the part they look to,” Hawkins said. “They come out of their shell. That helps them build relationships outside school, church and home.” Read More »
  • Memphis Education Fund

    • Thursday, July 27, 2017
    The Memphis Education Fund represents the holistic body of work and the commitment to finding resources to invest in it while being strategic to see the work completed. Read More »
  • Service Over Self (SOS)

    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    It’s common for churches to send its students out during the summer to other communities for mission work. One local organization works to bring those students to the city to help make a difference in a couple of Memphis’ neighborhoods. Read More »
  • Community Pride with Bob McBride and State Systems

    • Tuesday, July 25, 2017
    In 1983, Bob McBride received an invitation to join what was then called the Nonconnah Exchange Club. Thirty-four years later, the organization has a different name – it’s now the Exchange Club of Greater Memphis – but one thing hasn’t changed. McBride is still giving back to an organization that’s Read More »
  • Winning with Sickle Cell - Live your Purpose

    • Monday, June 19, 2017
    Spend a week networking in Memphis and you will quickly find that Memphis is a city filled with amazing people doing amazing things. But what about you? If you are like me, you will find yourself asking questions like Am I having an Impact? Can I do more? Am I living my purpose? Read More »
  • Napa Café Exemplifies Heart Full of Soul

    • Tuesday, June 06, 2017
    Thanksgiving is Glenda Hastings’ favorite day of the year. It isn’t because of the turkey, though she enjoys it. It isn’t because of the family memories it evokes, though she holds those close to her heart. It isn’t even because of the delicious dinners she grew up enjoying on her late mothers table Read More »
  • Memphis Sound | Memphis Music Initiative and PRIZM Ensemble

    • Tuesday, May 02, 2017
    A look at the city’s rich musical heritage is proof of its profound impact on world culture through the arts. Much of that impact comes from Memphis’ inner city, and the Memphis Music Initiative and Prizm Ensemble are just two of the organizations working to cultivate the city’s sweet sounds. Read More »
  • Women of Achievement - 2017

    • Monday, April 10, 2017
    Over 200 guests turned out to support the 33rd annual Women of Achievement (WA) awards ceremony which took place March 26 at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. The program opened with a greeting from Deborah M. Clubb, executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council. Read More »
  • ServiceMaster by Stratos: A Heart for Service

    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    In its simplest terms, ServiceMaster by Stratos is a contract janitorial service business. But at its heart, ServiceMaster by Stratos is a logistical people business. At least that’s how CEO Stacy McCall describes the makeup of the 35-year-old company. Read More »
  • Duncan Williams Asset Management

    • Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    Duncan Williams Asset Management spun out of Duncan-Williams, Inc. in April 2015. Today, the company is a tight-knit group of eight, who helps meet the financial needs of individual investors, business owners, and foundations. And while they work for the betterment of their clients... Read More »
  • Germantown Municipal School District Success

    • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    In the Germantown Municipal School District, more than 500 employees help 5,732 enrolled students at its five schools achieve success. Read More »
  • Turning Disabilities Into Abilities

    • Monday, January 16, 2017
    Turning disabilities into abilities is a challenge that many organizations in Memphis tackle every day. Two such organizations – Harwood Center and The Baddour Center – do that work in their own ways in different parts of the Memphis metro area. Get to know the work of these two organizations. Read More »
  • YX Genomics Formulates Philanthropy

    • Thursday, December 29, 2016
    YX Gives Back works in three spheres: the local Memphis community, Research and Industry Association, and Global Reach. Read More »
  • DeSoto County teaches leadership with district-wide council

    • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    Students come together twice a month to study a curriculum led by a facilitator. They’re also encouraged to gather on their own. Read More »
  • Art Accessibility

    • Wednesday, November 23, 2016
    The Mid-South has a rich arts and culture history. In this piece, we spotlight Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Opera Memphis, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Read More »
  • Campbell Clinic's Commitment to Heal and Give Back

    • Monday, October 31, 2016
    Campbell Clinic has built a reputation in its 100-plus years of operation as a premier orthopedic care provider in Memphis. Read More »
  • Hope and Opportunity Through Life and Job Training

    • Monday, October 10, 2016
    There are a number of organizations that work to reduce that rate, providing a range of life and job training to help keep men and women from returning to incarceration. HopeWorks Inc. and Economic Opportunities (EcOp) are just two of those organizations working to provide the stability... Read More »
  • Advancing Entrepreneurship in Memphis

    • Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    Taking a business idea to reality takes a lot of hard work and often help from others. More than ever in Memphis, the “others” can be found in the form of entrepreneurial incubators at Start Co. and the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. Read More »
  • University of Memphis Preps Students for Future

    • Friday, September 16, 2016
    A college education is more than what’s learned in the classroom. At the University of Memphis, students are prepared for their respective careers through various mentoring programs that can provide another key to jumpstart post-graduation success. Read More »
  • Giving Back ‘Ingrained’ in ARS, Conway Services Culture

    • Thursday, September 08, 2016
    When corporations give back to the community sometimes it’s out of a specific mission statement. Maybe a company executive has an organization he or she is devoted to, or it might be a desire to set an example for employees to give back. Read More »
  • Charter Schools making difference in Memphis education

    • Friday, September 02, 2016
    Memphis has a growing reputation as a national leader in the education reform movement. It comes in all shapes with virtually every neighborhood impacted in some way. Read More »
  • Championing Opportunity Through Re-Entry Program

    • Thursday, August 18, 2016
    For over forty years, T-Shirt Champions have provided awards and apparel to the community. Now, owner Mike Bowen, provides career opportunities to previously incarcerated Memphians at his business. Read More »
  • Education Entrepreneurship

    • Thursday, July 21, 2016
    Education reform is happening in Memphis but not every effort is centered on what occurs inside the classroom or school building. The College Initiative and Let's Innovate through Education are helping high school students focus on individual passions as they move on to post-secondary opportunities. Read More »
  • Fighting Food Insecurity

    • Tuesday, July 19, 2016
    Imagine the joys of childhood, a time filled with innocence and carefree play. But what if those innocent times are clouded by hunger? The Greater Memphis area is plagued by food insecurities, and it’s more than just children. Read More »
  • ServiceMaster Providing Service with Purpose

    • Wednesday, June 15, 2016
    At ServiceMaster, service is what the organization does. For the company, that means providing service with a purpose built on a foundation of brands and employees who have a passion for service. But it’s more than serving customers; the community is an important part of that work. Read More »
  • Teacher Training, Retention Focus for Organizations

    • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    No longer is the narrative of Shelby County’s children reading below grade level and being woefully unprepared for college accepted. The education reform story begins with teachers, and the organizations working to raise the standards, one educator at a time. Read More »

    • Monday, May 16, 2016
    Everybody knows child abuse has negative effects that can last a lifetime, sometimes playing out in emotional or behavioral problems that can span generations. What not everyone knows, says Exchange Club Family Center’s Barbara King, is that domestic violence can have a similar impact on a child, Read More »
  • Baker Donelson attorneys devoted to giving back

    • Monday, May 16, 2016
    For Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC and the attorneys in its 20 offices across the Southeast U.S. and Washington D.C., community service comes in the form of on-the-ground work. Read More »

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