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Rhodes Partners With One Memphis to Make an Impact Through Volunteerism

Publication Date: 9/12/2011

(l-r) Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Madeline Patterson, Anthony Siracusa, Rev. Walt Tennyson


Rhodes has partnered with the Office of the Mayor to implement the One Memphis service initiative which seeks to engage and empower Memphians to better their communities through volunteerism. Recently, the mayor kicked off the program at KIPP Collegiate—one of 15 sites for the annual Memphis Community Service Day— which involved participation by several Rhodes students.

Senior and international studies major Madeline Patterson, who served as an Urban Fellow in the mayor’s office the spring and summer of 2011, helped to facilitate the One Memphis plan which identifies three priority areas: youth programs, cleaning and greening, and serving seniors.

“Rhodes is working with the mayor’s office in response to the question ‘how can individuals help their government or be good citizens?’ One of the ways is to volunteer,” says Rhodes’ Community Service Coordinator Anthony Siracusa.

He gives greening as an example where volunteers can be helpful and says, “They can go out through programs like this and take care of community parks, pick up litter and maintain the medians.”

In addition, Rhodes has created a fellowship that will send one student to the mayor’s office every year to continue to develop the One Memphis program. This relationship will allow the Rhodes student community to be more intimately involved in city government and allow the mayor’s office to benefit from the wealth of talent, energy, and creativity that Rhodes’ students have to offer.

“A new fellow will be trained at the end of this fall semester, taking the reins in January with an academic internship followed by the summer fellowship,” explains Madeline.

Members of the Rhodes community interested in learning more about One Memphis or being a volunteer, should contact Siracusa at (901) 843-3401 or siracusa@rhodes.edu or Patterson at patma@rhodes.edu.

(information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Nicholas Brydon ′13)

Tags: Service, Staff, Students


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