MEDIA RELEASE: United Way of the Mid-South says “Raise your Hand Tennessee” with local volunteer tutor and mentor recruitment drive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
Contact: Nefertiti Orrin, Senior Associate for Community Impact
Phone: (901) 218-4258 | Email: nefertiti.orrin@uwmidsouth.org
For information about United Way of the Mid-South, contact Dave Skorupa, United Way V.P. Communications  |  901.433.4380  | dave.skorupa@uwmidsouth.org

United Way of the Mid-South says “Raise your Hand Tennessee” with local volunteer tutor and mentor recruitment campaign 

Organization recruits volunteers to help improve student achievement and support teachers

Memphis, TN – United Way of the Mid-South announces Raise Your Hand Tennessee, a statewide mentoring and tutoring recruitment campaign. Raise Your Hand Tennessee encourages community residents to provide support for students and teachers in public schools by serving as volunteer mentors, tutors and readers.

Raise Your Hand Tennessee is a coalition of organizations, led by United Ways across the state, working with not-for-profit organizations, the corporate community and state agencies to build an infrastructure where volunteers can be matched and placed with children who need them.

“Government can do a lot to educate our children, but Government can’t do it all,” said First Lady Crissy Haslam.  “An initiative like Raise Your Hand Tennessee that can generate volunteers to tutor, mentor, and read to children is essential.”

Raise Your Hand Tennessee is a tremendous effort. We’re excited about it because it’s an opportunity to recruit volunteers to read to, mentor and tutor children to improve their education, and hopefully, improve their chances for success in life”, said Bryce Haugsdahl, President of United Way of the Mid-South (Memphis, TN) and Board Chairman of the United Ways of Tennessee organization.

The primary goal of the local campaign is to recruit new volunteers to become mentors and tutors, and match them with schools and neighborhoods that have the greatest need for volunteer resources. “We are looking for individuals that have a vested interested in our children’s future,” said Nefertiti Orrin, Senior Associate for Community Impact at United Way of the Mid-South. “If we are going to improve our public education system, the time for our community to invest support is now.”

Research shows that tutoring and mentoring have positive effects and outcomes for children, teachers and communities, improving a child’s self-esteem and reducing the risk for delinquent behavior. Tutors can help to augment the work of teachers by offering personalized instruction and additional guidance that many students need to excel.

Volunteer mentors and tutors will be placed at one of the local strategic partner organizations, including Literacy Mid-South, Memphis City Schools: Our Children, Our Future, and Grizzlies Foundation TEAM UP Mentoring.

For more information about the local recruitment campaign, visit www.campaign4commongood.com.

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