Currently Serving AmeriCorps*VISTAs

These AmeriCorps*VISTAs are a valued part of our team:

Erica Ross, Read901 VISTA, Literacy Mid-South

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I serve because true fulfillment comes from helping others without expecting anything in return except for a smiling face and a grateful heart. I also serve to be an example for those to come after me. Leaving behind a legacy of service is like a gift that keeps giving.

John Austin Tubbs, Data and Tech VISTA, Refugee Empowerment Program


I chose to serve with AmeriCorps VISTA here in Memphis to give back to the community that raised me. With Literacy Mid-South, I am excited to serve their mission of increasing the literacy rate among children, the future of our society. So many amazing strides have been made to better our Mid-South community, and being a part of this excites me. I look forward to working to better my community.

Lois Charm, Curriculum Coordinator, Refugee Empowerment Program


I chose to serve as a VISTA in my current position because I have the desire to help children thrive in their academics. Having volunteered as a tutor in the past, I didn’t feel as though my prior contributions were enough to my community and I wanted to make an even bigger impact in the lives of well-deserving kids in my community. I am serving as a Curriculum Coordinator, in partnership with Literacy Mid-South, where I am responsible for building a learning curriculum that will help support the reading accuracy and comprehension skills of the K-5th grade students I work with. I hope that as a result of my service, these students will be more confident in their abilities to thrive in school.

We were the people who were not in the papers. 

We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. 

We lived in the gaps between the stories.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale