TEAM Mentoring Service Day

Posted by Joel Katz on March 02, 2012

Some of the 1000 sandwiches

Some of the 1000 sandwiches

Photo by Mike Brown

Saturday, February 25th was the annual Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring Community Service project.  This year’s event was hosted at the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) where the mentoring teams were set to make brown-bag lunches for local Memphis homeless shelters.

Over 90 volunteer mentors and students participated in the project and ended up assembling over 1,000 lunches. “It was very enjoyable to see the kids so excited about helping,” said Carly Knight, a TEAM Mentor at KIPP Memphis. It was evident that everyone at the event seemed to have a great time serving their community. The relationships between mentors and students were also strengthened as a result. “I feel that this project brought us closer together because it put us on the same level as far as helping people in need,” Knight added.

When all was said and done, the lunches provided Saturday afternoon meals for four homeless shelters: Memphis Union Mission, Salvation Army, Memphis Family Shelter, and Calvary Rescue Mission. “It was great to see the kids so positive and enthusiastic to serve their home community,” says Grizzlies Foundation Coordinator, Joel Katz. “When you’re able to get a bunch of people working together for a common cause, great things can happen. We witnessed that on Saturday!”

Following the Service project, the Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring program will then shift gears and engage in five-weeks of Health and Wellness themed activities.

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