Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service Celebrates Memphis Volunteers

Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, joined Mayor Jim Strickland to celebrate Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on April 6 at First Baptist Church. Mayor and County Recognition Day spotlights the key role national service volunteers play in meeting a wide range of community challenges. The event will also include a volunteer showcase for local elected officials illustrating the local impact of national service programs. Porter-Leath is home to two CNCS programs, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps

 AmeriCorps places young adults in organizations to solve community problems and mobilize volunteers to action. Over the past year, 20 AmeriCorps members served 28,733 hours in Porter-Leath Preschool classrooms, working directly with 67 children to develop individualized education plans, improve assessment results, and coordinate early learning enrichment activities. AmeriCorps members recruited 229 community volunteers who provided additional support to the classrooms throughout the year, while students scored 16% higher in assessments from mid to end year. 

Senior Corps connects adults 55+ to organizations that help them become mentors, coaches, or companions to people in need; Porter-Leath offers Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent and RSVP programs. Over the past year, Foster Grandparents provided educational activities to 154 children ages 5-14, with 132 children showing increased improvement in reading and literacy skills. Foster grandparents also provided preschool educational activities to 169 children ages 1-5, with 169 children demonstrating improvement in emotional and cognitive skills. RSVP volunteers mentored 120 children ages 3-5, with 100% demonstrating improved classroom behavior and meeting educational and behavioral goals. RSVP also provided homework assistance and enrichment activities to 185 children ages 5-15, with 130 sustained mentor matches throughout the school year.  

 “National service volunteers have been an invaluable resource in addressing local challenges, rallying other volunteers, and making our community a better places to live,” said Judy Rautine, Generations Manager at Porter-Leath. Devoting over 200,000 hours of service,  AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs operate in 10 additional nonprofit and public sector sites in Memphis including Bridges USA, the City of Memphis, HopeWorks, Impact Memphis, Libertas School of Memphis, Literacy Mid-South, MIFA, Shelby County Schools, Memphis Teacher Residency, and Teach for America. First Baptist is located at 2835 Broad Ave. 

Read more about Mayor's Day 2016 at The Commercial Appeal.

About Porter-Leath 

For over 160 years, Porter-Leath has been the primary resource for Memphis' at-risk children and families. By focusing on the essential building blocks of healthy development, Porter-Leath not only gives them access to the tools they need, but also a sense of hope. Porter-Leath helps build stronger children, stronger families and a stronger Memphis. For more information, visit or contact at 901-577-2500 or 

About The Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that connects more than 5 million Americans to service opportunities in their communities. CNCS engages volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs. For more information, visit