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Southwest to fund interns for select Shelby, Fayette businesses

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Area small business owners can bolster their operations this fall with ambitious talent thanks to a $24,000 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) grant awarded to Southwest Tennessee Community College and its Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC). The grant will fund paid internships for about a dozen Southwest students at area businesses in […]

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Local volunteers needed for Nationwide Homeless Count

Fayette Cares has a brief January volunteer opportunity for anyone concerned about homelessness. The agency is seeking volunteers for the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Street Count taking place between noon Jan. 24 and 11:59 a.m. Jan. 25. This nationwide effort helps determine the numbers of people living on the streets or in makeshift accommodations not […]

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$19.25M of West TN Veterans Home funds raised to date

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From the rattle of pocket change hitting a Mason jar to corporate checks so big they ought to be printed on poster board and photographed for posterity, the West Tennessee Veterans Home Project in Arlington is accepting all the generous support local residents want to give. “This is definitely going to happen,” said Holly Swogger, […]

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Hickory Withe Community Association supports Fayette Cares

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Fayette Cares was invited to the recent Hickory Withe Community Association meeting to share information about emergency shelter, domestic violence intervention, and crisis assistance services. Members of the association said they were impressed to learn of the many life-changing opportunities provided to men, women and children in the community. The group was also moved by […]

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Community support at plant sale sows ‘seeds of caring’

Local support from shoppers, growers, and volunteers made the 24th Annual Fayette Cares Plant Sale in Oakland a blooming success. Fayette Cares volunteers organized the event. Several clients and their children joined the volunteer team. “It felt so good to help out, meet people and be of service,” said one client who was grateful for […]

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St. Philip’s youth group takes part in skit about teen dating violence

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church Youth participated in an interactive skit last month to explore unhealthy dating relationships. The performance was facilitated by Fayette Cares staff as an ongoing effort to prevent abuse and spark social change. Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. Some, especially tweens and teens, misinterpret […]

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Foster parents needed, training starts Sept. 1

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Youth Villages is looking for caring adults in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette counties who want to make a difference in the lives of children in need of loving foster homes. Free foster parent training starts Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Youth Villages Office at 5515 Shelby Oaks Dr. in Memphis. Children […]

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Turning the Tide: Former Bolton football coach takes on new challenge in Fayette County

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The Fayette-Ware High School football program is not one of wealth, prestige or talent. On the contrary, it has historically been a program diagnosed with an epidemic of losses, disappointment and shame. Students avoid trying out for the football team for fear of being ridiculed at school. The program has even been deemed a “building […]

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3 people killed in 2013 hospital helicopter crash to be honored

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MEMPHIS — The three crew members who were killed when their Hospital Wing helicopter crashed in Fayette County on Oct. 22, 2013, will be honored this week in Memphis. Family members will accept the state’s Three Stars Award on behalf of helicopter pilot Charles D. Smith, a retired Memphis Police lieutenant; Carrie Barlow, a pediatric nurse; […]

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Fall VESTA Home Show seeks volunteers

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Learning the high number of volunteers needed for the upcoming fall VESTA Home Show was a jaw-dropping experience for the Fayette Cares executive director Alexandra Wardlaw. When the West Tennessee Home Builders Association invited Fayette Cares to be their charity partner for the fall 2014 VESTA Home Show in Piperton, Fayette Cares found the opportunity […]

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