As part of the Sustainable Workforce Initiative, BLDG Memphis awarded small grants to local community partners to share the resources and opportunities that are underway with this program. The following awardees are part of the first cohort of small grants in 2020:
Kingdom Power is a 501c3, whose geographic boundaries extend to Heard Avenue to the North, Baylis Street to the east, Jackson Avenue to the south, and N. Watkins to the west. Engagement strategies will include canvassing, distributing PPE and cleaning items, hosting existing neighborhood events once a month (an ongoing initiative), as well as the implementation of training sessions to bring awareness to community participation.
Legacy of Legends CDC
The Legacy of Legends CDC is a 501c3 and Community Development Corporation (CDC). The geographic region they plan to engage includes North Memphis, Frayser and the Raleigh communities. Their engagement strategies will include newsletters, social media pages, the Frayser Exchange Club, the 3V Leader Show (hosted online), discussions with advisory boards, community resource summits as well as job fairs.
Memphis Medical District Collaborative
The Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) is a 501c3 and plans to engage zip codes including 38105, 38106, and 38107. MMDC is pushing Hire Local as the focus of their engagement. Their focus for engagement also includes Bus Bench and Shelter Ads, Career/Job Events, Community Organizing Meetings (virtual right now), their Facebook Page (share job alerts and push community resources), Hire Local database, Newsletter, Virtual Interest Meetings, Simple Texting App, Mailers, and the Hire Local Council which meets quarterly.
Progeny Place’s is a 501c3 that will serve the South Memphis (Westwood) area, and work with parents and students of Westwood High School as well as Magnolia Castalia. Their engagement strategies include newsletters and bi-monthly community association meetings in the Magnolia Castalia Area. They provide an online workforce development program that is used by both students and parents with each participant added to the database to receive monthly newsletters. They also host food distributions in South Memphis and will use this as a platform to share information.
Restoration Time Family & Youth Services
Restoration Time Family & Youth Services is a 501c3 that spans up to Highway 420 to the north, Omar Robinson Park-Douglass Park to the east, Summer Avenue to the south and Danny Thomas Road to the west. They will employ engagement strategies through hosting and attending monthly community events (food drives, neighborhood meetings, etc.) and will have printed materials to distribute to residents. They will also use current data to call and/or canvass the communities for training opportunities or informational meetings. Finally, they will use social media pages to connect residents with resources and community announcements.