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C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa Receives AmeriCorps Award

For release: January 8, 2014
For press information, contact Robert P. Connolly, 901/785-3160

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa has received the Sponsor of the Year award from AmeriCorps (part of the National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC). The award recognizes the unique role the museum played in coordinating collaborative projects between AmeriCorps teams and community partners in southwest Memphis. 

In 2013, two eight-week AmeriCorps NCCC teams were housed at the C.H. Nash Museum and conducted service projects at Chucalissa, the Westwood neighborhood and T.O. Fuller State Park.

Most recently, the seven-member River 4 AmeriCorps team performed service projects in southwest Memphis from Oct. 23 through Dec. 9. The projects included rehabbing the house of an 88-year-old World War II veteran resident in Walker Homes, refurbishing the repository at the C.H. Nash Museum, building a pergola and rain shelter at Chucalissa, clearing seven miles of trails and repairing picnic pavilions at T.O. Fuller.

In presenting the award, April Bazzi, assistant program director for the Southern Region Campus of NCCC, noted that the organization truly expresses the principles of community engagement. “Our awardee has developed a tri-fold project that addresses multiple community needs, while helping NCCC meet national initiatives,” she said. “This sponsor also took the time to write recommendation letters for members, and arranged opportunities for them to learn more about certain professions based on their career goals. One Corps member wrote, ‘It wasn’t just work; the man we assisted invited us into his home and had us meet his family.’ Another said, ‘This experience truly gave our members an example of involved community heroes to follow, and we will never forget our time in Memphis.’ This organization developed an environment full of enriching opportunities for our members, while getting things done for the community.”

C.H. Nash Museum Director Robert P. Connolly said, “We are greatly honored to receive this award. Our museum’s mission includes being an asset and resource to our community. For the past two years, the AmeriCorps NCCC teams have played a critical role in allowing all of our community agencies to carry out that mission. We look forward to hosting AmeriCorps teams again in 2014.”

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