Culture September 16, 2015

We’ve Got That lovin’ Fuelan’


Call it our Summer Tour 2015. infernites were rockin’ the region with passion and energy, thanks to our Fuelanthropic program, which provides a week of paid civic time annually to inferno employees.

Since our last update, Jackson Knight has completed his orientation with the Mid-South Literacy Council and is tutoring English as a Second Language (ESL) students. He’s currently working with a woman from Sierra Leone who wants to pass the English literacy portion of the exam required for U.S. Citizenship.

Amy Lind combined her love of design and all things furry. She used civic time to create direct mail, ads, tickets, a newsletter, and a t-shirt for the annual golf tournament and auction supporting the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society.

Fashionista Doretha Jones used civic time to continue her good works through the Woman’s Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention. Auxiliary members from around the country purchased new women’s clothing and shipped it to Memphis for the “Fashion Share” event at St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church. Doretha rallied the team in charge of sorting, hanging, and displaying the donated merchandise. Women from three area shelters enjoyed an inspirational luncheon and “shopped” for clothes to help them transition to a new life. Doretha was also a host for the luncheon, making sure every woman felt welcome. She also participated in the Women in White event, which raised money for a Malawi hospital in southern Africa.

PR whiz Beth Wilson just started her third year as a mentor with the Memphis Institute for Leadership Education (MILE) program at the University of Memphis. The MILE Program educates business students on how to become more effective leaders, giving the City of Memphis a brighter future. Beth meets at least monthly with her mentee to discuss a variety of topics, including career goals, resumé writing, networking strategies, and preparing for interviews.

Beth says, “It’s incredibly rewarding, both personally and professionally, to be a MILE mentor, and it’s an honor to give back to a university that has given so much to me.”

And, finally, if you’re cruising by Hope House on Idlewild, check out the hostas and caladiums. These new additions to the Hope House landscape reflect a team effort spearheaded by master gardener Trish McLaughlin.

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