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
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.”