Green Up Memphis: It’s ON!

If you have ties to Memphis, we hope you caught our post last month about the Green Up Memphis Match, a partnership with our friends at Livable Memphis to provide more than $36,000 in matching funds to projects focused on the cleaning-and-greening of neighborhood open spaces. That’s a lot of green!

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Now we’re super-psyched to be supporting 24 awesome new projects across the city, from Frayser to Whitehaven. These leaders will be fundraising and seeking volunteers from now until March 23. And 15 of the leaders spearheading them are brand new to ioby—extra exciting!

Here are a few examples of the greatness that’s soon to germinate:

  • Music in the Park Memphis. This is a new one for us—and for project creator Jessica Thurman, a first-time ioby leader. Jessica and other volunteers want to raise $3,640 to turn an abandoned lot in the New Chicago area of North Memphis into a safe, fun, green space for children of all ages and backgrounds to explore a selection of musical instruments, which will be “installed” in the new park. Jessica’s campaign page calls it “a project to change the mentality of the city and invest in who we have, which are very talented people.”
  • Michalyn Easter’s Friends of Chelsea Greenline Advocacy Group (FCG) is raising $3,640 to give North Memphians an official voice in determining the design, implementation, usage, maintenance, and community engagement facets of the new 2.5-mile greenway coming to their neighborhood. “North Memphis needs some help in revitalization,” FCG’s campaign page reads, “but the true transformation will always be the privilege and responsibility of true North Memphis citizens.”
  • Revitalizing Our Community/XPCTMOR is the brainchild of Tawauna Stafford, who wants to raise $4,135 to make a vacant lot into an attractive garden and seating area for seniors in the Bethel Grove Community. Older residents spend much of their time indoors at home, and some feel unsafe visiting the local park. “We want to provide them with a safe place not far from home where they can still be active and yet relax in a beautiful place,” Tawauna’s page explains. “Our seniors were there to help us achieve our goals as kids and now it’s time for us to help provide them with a safe, comfortable place to do what they enjoy.”

These terrific local leaders have laid the groundwork; now it’s your chance to pitch in. Donated dollars will be matched from March 1 to 23, and volunteers can sign up to help starting now.

To check out all the awardees, make a donation, or sign up to volunteer, visit our Green Up Memphis page!