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Operation North Area Flood Recovery (Framework)

 

Fast facts:

·         Flood victims will lose everything from furniture items to clothing to homes

·         ONFR will assist them in recovering as many of these items as possible

 

Purpose:

Operation North Area Flood Recovery is a community effort to assist those in dire need of replacing items in their homes due to flooding.  This is a huge undertaking that will bring together multiple agencies, organizations, community and elected leaders.  At the conclusion of this effort, we expect to have returned the quality of life to the citizens affected by this historic flood to that of which it was prior to the disaster.

 

Goal:

 

To assist victims in need of assistance in returning to their pre-flood level of life expeditiously.

 

 

Operation North Area Flood Recovery will:

·         Collect, catalog and distribute needed household items to replace those lost in the flood.

·         Serve the flood affected North area of Memphis, TN and Northaven.

·         Serve as an information hub to flood victims.

·         Serve as a voice for area flood victims

·         Flood victims can call 901-267-5788 for additional information.

 

1.        Donation and Distribution Center:

A.       Located at Raleigh Springs Mall and Union Grove Baptist Church

B.      Collection, catalog and distribution

C.      Needed Items include but are not limited to:

·         baby items

·         clothes

·         non perishable food items

·         vehicles

·         toiletries

·         volunteers

·         furniture – May 15th begin collection

 

2.       Advocacy:

A.      Housing :

·         Call for landlords in non tenable housing to release leases from lease with no penalty

·         Call for landlords with available properties for rent or sale to create ease in transition

 

3.        Roles and Responsibilities:

·         TEMA – Explain mission and where assistance can be given

·          FEMA - Explain mission and where assistance can be given

·          Faith Based Organizations will:

·         Recruit volunteers

·         Plea for donations

·          TV Networks and media outlet role:

·         Assist in getting information out through news, PSA's etc.

·         We need the TV stations to assist with making the push for donations, etc.

·         ABetterMemphis.com, Inc.

·         Plan coordinator/overseer

·         Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network

A.      Coordination of all involved community organizations and their roles.

1.      Community Organizations will:

2.      Serve as eyes and ears of communities to assist in letting us know where the areas of most concern are.

3.      Getting the word out through their communication channels

4.      Gathering volunteers

5.      Coordinating and staffing volunteers for drop off center

 

4.       Corporate Requests:

·         Wal-Mart – Toiletries, etc.

·         Kroger - Food

·         Home Depot – Wet/Dry Vac (100)

·         Food Bank – Provide food where families first benefits cannot

·         Others – Donations


Community Baby Shower to empower and fight Infant mortality in North Memphis



(November 17, 2010, 8:00 P.M.) – ABetterMemphis.com and The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network are joining forces to present the 2010 Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower
at Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser-Raleigh Road.  Organizers expect close to 500 guests to enjoy an appealing mix of motivation, opportunity and fun while receiving information, instruction and items that are useful to expecting and new moms.

The mission of the Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower is to serve as an annual educational event that is specifically geared towards educating new and expecting mothers on how to maintain a healthy pregnancy, rearing a healthy child and living a healthy lifestyle.  “One of the unique aspects of the event is the willingness of Women’s Ministries from area churches to serve in an ongoing guidance capacity to the attendees of the baby shower, thus creating a wrap-around effect for these ladies as they progress in their lives,” says Antonio Parkinson, Executive Director of ABetterMemphis.com. 

The event in its second year is developing into a women’s empowerment event.  The success of the Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower is measured through continued contact with the attendees.  To date there have been no reported infant deaths to ABetterMemphis.com from the ladies that were in attendance at the 2009 event. 

The four hour event is free to the guests and will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2010 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Guests must RSVP online and show proof of pregnancy prior to the event to attend.  Donations of new baby items are welcomed.

For more information call: 901-372-8925 or email info@FreshStartsbabyShower.com or visit our website at www.FreshStartsBabyShower.com .

Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.

 

 

 

Methodist North to Launch Community Partnership with Craigmont High School

 

 

 

 

(January 26, 2011, 6:30 P.M.) – On Thursday, January 27th, Methodist North Hospital and community partner ABetterMemphis.com are joining forces to give area high school students a glimpse into the Healthcare industry by launching the Health Profession Information Session, the first component of the SSHIP Program (Shaping Students For Health Industry Professions). 

The Health Profession Information Session delivers an opportunity for student exposure to both traditional and non-traditional health professions and services.  “When students think of health professions they are automatically directed to that of doctors and nurses,” says Dr. Michael Ugwueke, CEO of Methodist North Hospital.  “This conversation will provide the students with an opportunity to see all professions that exist including those that are not commonly spoken of,” he continues.   

More than two dozen students will be in attendance at the information session that will take place at Methodist North Hospital beginning at 9 am and end at 3:15 pm. 

S.S.H.I.P. was born out of the Adopt-A-School Program at Methodist North Hospital that helps to establish productive partnerships between schools and community supporters from local businesses, civic groups, and faith-based and community organizations. These partnerships serve as a commitment by both the school and the adopter to work together to promote the academic achievement and personal growth of students.  Craigmont High School is the school of choice for the program due to its existing Health and Environmental Social Services Program as well as its proximity to Methodist North Hospital.  For more information call: 901-516-5674.                                                         

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.



Press Conference – North Memphis Leaders to Oppose Consolidation

 

(October 25, 2010, 1:30 P.M.) – On Thursday, October 28th at 10:45 A.M., community, elected and clergy leaders from Raleigh, Frayser and North Memphis communities will hold a united press conference to voice their opposition to consolidation of Memphis and Shelby County Governments.  The press conference will be held in front of Blocker’s Soul Food located at 3624 Austin Peay Hwy.  All media outlets are invited to the press conference.  We appreciate your coverage of this important event.

 

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Town Hall Meeting on Consolidation in Raleigh-Frayser

 

(October 4, 2010, 10:00 A.M.) – ABetterMemphis.com and community partner The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network is set to present a candid discussion at their town hall meeting on consolidation set for Tuesday October 12th at Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road.  The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and hosts several panelists; some of which support consolidation and others that oppose consolidation and the newly drawn charter as it is written.t the citizens of Memphis to walk away with needed information so that they can make an informed decision at the polls on November 2nd.“By discussing consolidation, we expect the citizens to gain a better understanding of the issue prior to casting their vote for or against consolidation on November 2nd," he continues.

The Purpose of the meeting is to learn and discuss the pros and cons of consolidation of Memphis and Shelby County governments as well as going further in depth with a discussion on the newly proposed Charter.
The organizers hope that the attendees will walk away with needed information so that they can make an informed decision at the polls on November 2nd.
of ABetterMemphis.Com. “By discussing consolidation, the citizens will gain a better understanding when making their decision on November 2nd," he continues.

• Purpose: To learn and discuss the pros and cons of consolidation for Memphis and Shelby County as well as going further in depth with the a discussion on the newly proposed Charter.

• Purposed Outcome: We want the citizens of Memphis to walk away with needed information so that they can make an informed decision at the polls on November 2nd.

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Methodist North Hospital Presents the “I Love My Health” Health Festival

 

 

In an effort to promote health and wellness to the local community, Methodist North Hospital will host its first annual Community Health Festival on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 3960 New Covington Pike.

 

Supported by community partners such as ABetterMemphis.com and others, this event is aimed at giving the community more than your average health fair.  “We are especially committed to serving and working with the people of Raleigh and the surrounding areas,” said Michael Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE, CEO/Administrator, Methodist North & South Hospitals. “To support that commitment, we are hosting a free event that will educate and foster more awareness of the health issues affecting our community.”

 

The Health Fair will be located in the parking lot of the hospital across from Firestone on Austin Peay.  At the health festival you will find a variety of vendors offering everything from health screenings and information for the uninsured to items that benefit the community as a whole.  There will also be a live radio remote, live music, entertainment, games, prizes, and family fun.  A free healthy lunch will served from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

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The Harvest Ball is Coming to Raleigh

(November 20, 2009, 10:00 A.M.) – ABetterMemphis.com and The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network will present Harvest Ball 2009.  The Harvest Ball is an annual fundraiser that will benefit area nonprofit organizations that are charged with community empowerment in the North Memphis area. Held at the Royal Pavilion located at 3695 Austin Peay Hwy, the Harvest Ball is scheduled for Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM.  In its first year, the Harvest Ball is set to become the most anticipated and well attended formal event in Raleigh.  Organizers are expecting a large turnout at the red carpet evening of elegance and entertainment provided by community partners, businesses and organizations from the host communities. The Harvest Ball is a true celebration of accomplishment, unification and opportunity.
“There are a lot of people working diligently in our communities to improve the quality of life for our citizens; supporting the Harvest Ball is one way that the people of Memphis can show their appreciation for the efforts that are being put forth”, says Antonio Parkinson, Harvest Ball organizer and founder of ABetterMemphis.com.
The funds that are raised, through the harvest Ball are distributed back into our communities through ABetterMemphis.com and its partner organizations. These organizations play an active role in the revitalization of our communities, through their continued efforts in job creation, community building, maintaining a safe residential and commercial environment and their promotion of public improvements and service.  For ticket information call: 901-372-8925, email ABetterMemphis@aol.com or visit our website at www.ABetterMemphis.com .

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.

 


Mayor A C Wharton to Speak at Baby Shower to fight Infant mortality in North Memphis

(November 20, 2009, 9:00 P.M.) – Mayor A C Wharton will serve as opening speaker at the Fresh Starts Community baby Shower presented by ABetterMemphis.com and The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network.  The Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower is being hosted by Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser-Raleigh Road.  Organizers conservatively expect over 300 guests to enjoy an appealing mix of motivation, opportunity and fun while receiving information and items that are useful to their pregnancies and new babies.

The mission of the Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower is to serve as an annual educational event that is specifically geared towards educating new and expecting mothers on how to maintain a healthy pregnancy, rearing a healthy child and living a healthy lifestyle.  “One of the unique aspects of the event is the willingness of Women’s Ministries from area churches to serve in a guidance capacity to the attendees of the baby shower, thus creating an ongoing, wrap-around effect for these ladies and their lives,” says Antonio Parkinson, Executive Director of ABetterMemphis.com.  Donations of new baby items are welcomed.

The event is free to the guests with previous reservations and will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2009 beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.

For more information call: 901-372-8925 or email info@FreshStartsbabyShower.com or visit our website at www.FreshStartsBabyShower.com .

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.

 

 

 

 

No Free Ride for Mayoral Candidates in North Memphis.

(September 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m.) – On September 21, 2009 several Mayoral candidates will have the opportunity to present their platforms to community leaders, panelists and the public in the Raleigh-Frayser community at a Special Election Mayoral Candidate Forum.  The forum is presented by the Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network and ABetterMemphis.com along with other sponsors, Rangeline Neighborhood Community Development Corporation, The Women of Raleigh and Shelby County Democratic Party.    Organizers and candidates alike understand the importance of the vote in North Memphis areas like Raleigh, Frayser and Douglass as these communities account for almost one quarter of the city.  “The Raleigh and Frayser communities possess more infrastructure than most other communities within the city limits of Memphis, yet there is zero industry, lots of foreclosures and a need for answers and action”, says Antonio Parkinson, Executive Director of ABetterMemphis.com.  The planners of the forum have also touted the importance of the collaborative effort that is taking place in educating and energizing the citizens of these communities as it pertains to the election process, the candidates and the special election.  One of the unique qualities of this forum is the fact that the coordinators have reached out to area schools to select a student representatives to serve as co-panelist alongside community leaders, clergy and other panelists to ask questions of the candidates as it pertains to their age group, environment and demographic.  “It is important for us to begin to groom and acclimate the next generation of leaders into the election process at an early age, thus giving them access and more importantly, a voice in the selection of their next elected leaders”, says Pamela King, Vice President of the Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network.  The forum will take place at 7:00 PM with a candidate meet and greet that begins @ 6:30 PM.  The forum will be held at Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road.  Emailed confirmation of attendance has been provided by these candidates:  A C Wharton, Myron Lowery, Wanda Halbert, Carol Chumney and Charles Carpenter.  A second candidate forum is being planned for the remaining candidates.  Early arrival is suggested as seating is limited.  ABetterMemphis.com and the Voice of Raleigh and Frayser are non partisan organizations and do not endorse any candidate or affiliated party.  For more information call: 901-372-8925

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.




Baby Shower to fight Infant mortality in North Memphis

(November 9, 2009, 2:00 P.M.) – ABetterMemphis.com and The Voice of Raleigh and Frayser Community Action Network will present the Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower at Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser-Raleigh Road.  Organizers conservatively expect over 300 guests to enjoy an appealing mix of motivation, opportunity and fun while receiving information and items that are useful to their pregnancies and new babies.

The mission of the Fresh Starts Community Baby Shower is to serve as an annual educational event that is specifically geared towards educating new and expecting mothers on how to maintain a healthy pregnancy, rearing a healthy child and living a healthy lifestyle.  “One of the unique aspects of the event is the willingness of Women’s Ministries from area churches to serve in a guidance capacity to the attendees of the baby shower, thus creating an ongoing, wrap-around effect for these ladies and their lives,” says Antonio Parkinson, Executive Director of ABetterMemphis.com.  Donations of new baby items are welcomed.

The event is free to the guests and will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2009 beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.

For more information call: 901-372-8925 or email info@FreshStartsbabyShower.com or visit our website at www.FreshStartsBabyShower.com .

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.


ABetterMemphis.com, Inc. and Community Partners Launch Peace Week with Memphis Peace Parade

 

(May 4, 2009- 2:00 p.m.) – On May 16, 2009, ABetterMemphis.com along with area businesses and community partners will join forces to launch Raleigh-Frayser Peace Week with the Inaugural Memphis Peace Parade.  The Memphis Peace Parade will consist of area high school bands, churches, and other community organizations who subscribe to the idea of achieving peace through improved quality of life.  This parade is important to Memphis as a whole because it promotes cohesiveness among the local churches, schools, and businesses, not to mention, it is the first in a series of events aimed at giving back during Peace Week, says Denise Mann, Parade Organizer with ABetterMemphis.com. This year’s Grand Marshall for the parade is County Commission Chairwoman Deidre Malone.  The parade will launch at 11 a.m. beginning at Family Dollar at 3514 Ra-Mill Road heading south on Raleigh-Millington Rd, turning left on Jones Road, and ending at Kmart located at 3201 Austin Peay Hwy. This “Peace Themed” community event will launch a week of peace related events culminating with the 3rd annual Raleigh-Frayser Block Party for Peace.  

Other Peace Week Events, Times, and Locations:

  • District 1 Baccalaureate Program - May 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Breath of Life Christian Center, located at 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road.
  • Kings of Memphis Barbering Competition (A 2nd Chance Program) - May 17th at 1 p.m. at Jett College of Barbering, located at 3740 N. Watkins.
  •  Memphis Peace Awards - May 18th at 11:30 a.m. location TBA
  • Frayser Exchange Club Vietnam Memorial Luncheon- May 21st at 12 p.m. at the corner of Watkins and Hwy 51.
  • Block Party for Peace 2009 - May 22nd thru May 24th 10 a.m. till 9 p.m., located at Kmart (3201 Austin Peay Hwy).

For more information on the Memphis Peace Parade and other Peace Week events please contact Antonio ‘2 Shay’ Parkinson at 901-372-8925, or email us at weekofpeace@aol.com or visit our websites at www.MemphisPeaceWeek.com and www.BlockPartyForPeace.com .  We appreciate your consideration, participation and coverage of this community building event.

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.


ABetterMemphis.com, Inc. and other Community Partners Team up for District One Baccalaureate

 

(May 5, 2008- 8:00 a.m.) – On May 16, 2008, Breath of Life Christian Center and ABetterMemphis.com along with other Raleigh and Frayser community partners will play host to the first combined District One Senior Baccalaureate Service.  A Baccalaureate Service is a rite of passage ceremony honoring the achievements of graduating seniors.  The participating students are graduating from Craigmont, Frayser and Trezevant High Schools.  “In addition to recognizing the achievement of our seniors, we want to build and strengthen positive relationships among our area high schools as well as to offer Memphis and Shelby County an example of unity in action within the Raleigh and Frayser communities,” says ABetterMemphis.com spokesman Antonio Parkinson.

The event is Friday May 16, 2008 at 6:30 PM.  The location is Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road @ Hawkins Mill.   For more information, email abettermemphis@aol.com or call Antonio ‘2 Shay’ Parkinson at 901-372-8925.  We appreciate your consideration, participation and coverage of this community building event.

 

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ABetterMemphis.com, Inc and other Community Partners Team up for District One Baccalaureate

 

(May 5, 2008- 10:00 a.m.) – On May 16, 2008, Breath of Life Christian Center and ABetterMemphis.com along with other Raleigh and Frayser community partners will play host to the first combined District One Senior Baccalaureate Service.  A Baccalaureate Service is a rite of passage ceremony honoring the achievements of graduating seniors.  The participating students are graduating from Craigmont, Frayser and Trezevant High Schools.  “In addition with recognizing the achievement of our seniors, we want to build and strengthen positive relationships among our area high schools as well as to offer Memphis and Shelby County an example of unity in action within the Raleigh and Frayser communities,” says ABetterMemphis.com spokesman Antonio Parkinson.

The event is Friday May 16, 2008 at 6:30 PM.  The location is Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road @ Hawkins Mill.   For more information, email abettermemphis@aol.com or call Antonio ‘2 Shay’ Parkinson at 901-372-8925.  We appreciate your consideration, participation and coverage of this community building event.

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.



ABetterMemphis.com Presents Its 2nd Annual Town Hall Meeting

 

(Mar. 3, 2008- 11:00 a.m.) – On March 13, 2008, ABetterMemphis.com will host its 2nd Annual Raleigh-Frayser-Cordova Town Hall Meeting.  Last year the focus was “Crime and Solutions” and in keeping with their “solution oriented” approach, this year’s focus will be “Economic Development through Community Assets and Partnerships”.  In the previous meeting, the “ABetterMemphis.com team” delivered tangibles to citizens that could be utilized in the fight against crime.  At this year’s town hall meeting they will convey the idea of building on the assets that are in the community, thus creating partnerships and assisting them to become better and vice versa, versus that of focusing on community limitations.  “Our communities have many assets and now is the time to find ways of developing partnerships with them to build better and more engaged communities, says Antonio ‘2 Shay’ Parkinson founder of ABetterMemphis.com”.  Some of the panelists include representatives from local and state government as well as representatives from Raleigh Springs Mall, Methodist North Hospital and more.

This year’s speaker is Mayor W. W. Herenton.  Other participating organizations are Southwest Community College, area non-profits and local churches.

The event is March 13, 2008 at 7:00 PM and is free to the public.  The location is Breath of Life Christian Center located at 3795 Frayser Raleigh Road @ Hawkins Mill.   For more information, email abettermemphis@aol.com or call Antonio ‘2 Shay’ Parkinson at 901-372-8925.  We appreciate your consideration, participation and coverage of this community building event.

 

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Since its inception, ABetterMemphis.com was created as a venue for the citizens of Memphis and Shelby County to voice their opinions, likes, dislikes, praises, and solutions concerning issues that affect our community.  Given the success of the original website, the mission of ABetterMemphis.com has grown exponentially into community/citizen organizing, building, and advocacy.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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