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cityCURRENT is a privately-funded catalyst for the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee.

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ChangeMakers: Andrew Gieselmann - transforming leaders the Sandler way Andrew Gieselmann is the founder and CEO of Capstone Sales Performance Inc., a Sandler Training Center. He is an executive coach and facilitator with over 20 years of sales success. Andrew's specific business development consulting and training experience includes a wide range of sales, management, and customer service topics designed to increase the productivity and efficiency of companies across a multitude of industries.

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Giving Back: Thrive Memphis A new name and brand with a new tagline – “Thrive Memphis: a special place where those with special needs thrive” – also comes with a new home for an organization that provides educational and social opportunities for those with special needs in the community. Formerly known as the Exceptional Foundation of West Tennessee, the organization began a name change to Thrive Memphis in 2019. Part of the new branding is because the organization wanted to step out on its own, apart from its former Birmingham, Alabama-based umbrella organization. Along with the new brand came a new home at the beginning of 2020. Thrive Memphis has used various churches to provide its services through the years but found a true home at the Memphis Jewish Community Center. The organization has access to all of the JCC’s amenities, including a basketball court, soccer fields, swimming pool, yoga space and more.

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The Spark Awards 2019 - YouTube Rob Grayson and Tracy Bethea host the sixth annual SPARK Awards. The 2019 honorees of the SPARK Awards includes winners in 13 categories, including Legacy Aw...

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Nashville Radio Show: ChartOptical “How much does it cost to care?” The dedication of time, experience and compassion are the cost of care and the very foundation of Chart Optical’s original concept - white glove service for patients of the optical.

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Radio Show: The Arc Mid-South Everyone wants, and deserves, to enjoy life, feel productive and secure. But in March, The Arc Mid-South takes extra steps to raise awareness about the support and rights of the people with disabilities and to celebrate their contributions to our communities and society as a whole!

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River City Rising: What a Difference a Day Makes As we enter the season of thanksgiving, I say thank you for the gift of time; for the blessing of every 24-hour block I’m given. I say thank you for my friends and family’s lives that were spared during one of the most destructive 24 hours my hometown has seen to date.

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#GOODworks: MyCityRides - YouTube MyCityRides makes reliable transportation affordable and ownership possible for those in the workforce with limited means but unlimited potential, increasing...

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Finding Memphis's Beauty Mark It was a big statement coming from a little guy who, since birth, has traveled all over the world. Yet it was here, in Memphis, where he found his paradise- known by its proper name of Shelby Farms Park. While we swung back and forth on a big swing overlooking the lake, I thought about the many names I’d seen on plaques placed strategically throughout the park, on the sides of benches and on buildings’ facades. I considered that because of the generosity of these named donors, and many more who have chosen to remain anonymous, we have one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces in the country right in our own backyard. Because of their generosity, they will impact the lives of countless complete strangers for an indefinite amount of time, adding to their legacies in a way that will last well beyond a physical presence here on earth. As I watched small waves move across the lake which glistened under a bright sun, my mind drifted onto this notion of legacy- and stayed there.

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The Spark - January 24, 2020 - YouTube "Motivating Success," features interviews with Nick Dwyer of Memphis Youth Athletic; John Wilfong of Coaching for Literacy; and business coach and motivation...

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The Spark - December 20, 2019 - YouTube “Cheering for Values” features Carol Jackson, of Families Matter Memphis, an organization working to increase the number of healthy families; Meagan Nichols ...

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GOODworks: Instruments of Joy Founded in 2013, the mission of Instruments of Joy is to provide quality musical instruments to musicians in need.

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Death in the Digital Age - Social Media Tips from Alive Hospice One of the hardest facts to accept about ourselves is also the simplest: you are going to die. One day, hopefully far in the future but assuredly approaching, you will cease to exist on earth. Whatever you believe happens next, the fact that you will no longer be with us is inescapable.

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GOODworks: Baptist, Christ Community Open Homeless Clinic The clinic, located inside Catholic Charities of West Tennessee’s main building at 1325 Jefferson Ave, will complement the health care services offered through the Baptist Operation Outreach mobile clinic for the homeless. The mobile clinic travels several day a week to locations that serve the homeless and offers free acute and primary care, disease management support, prevention services and medication.

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A Visit to Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum I am embarrassed that Memphis has been a part of my life for so long, yet there is still so much I have to learn about her. I am embarrassed that half a mile from my neighborhood stands a home I had never before visited but is such an important part of the city’s history- of American history. When I shared these sentiments with our tour guide during a recent visit to the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum she told me not to worry; she hears these words often. Her response was sincere and soothing, two traits which would continue to envelop her as we walked through a home filled with remnants that reminded us of both some of the most egregious and most empathetic acts toward humanity we have ever seen.

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How To Leverage A Charitable Focus To Grow Your Business Think beyond the basic benefits of a larger financial gift and look at ways you can better engage your team through volunteerism or custom programs. That's what we do here at cityCURRENT as explained in Jeremy C. Park's latest Forbes column.

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13 Communications Strategies To Ensure Your Company's Next Special Event Is A Success cityCURRENT President / CEO, Jeremy C. Park, featured in this recent Forbes Article

cityCURRENT is a privately-funded catalyst working to power the GOOD in the Mid-South and Middle Tennessee. A team of more than 100 businesses, comprised of some of the largest employers in the world to mid-size and smaller firms, have joined forces and funds to make a difference through philanthropy and volunteerism, hosting more than 150 FREE community events each year, and producing an array of positive-oriented media.

Our name cityCURRENT pays homage to our mission, goals, and efforts. It plays off our media, like our television shows, The SPARK and The SPARK Awards, inviting you to join with us in being the electric CURRENT powering GOOD in our communities, to be the cityCURRENT. It refers to our goal of having a CURRENT impact with our philanthropy, events, and media. And, it ties to our mission to POWER the GOOD. So, when you think of cityCURRENT, think of us as an opportunity, an effort, and your invitation to be the CURRENT to POWER the GOOD in your city. 

Since our founding in Memphis in 2005 (originally as the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club) and our expansion into Nashville in 2018, cityCURRENT has served the community by hosting seminars and workshops, weekly getCONNECTED lunches and panel discussions, bringing in national guest speakers with our Signature Speaker Series, and coordinating a variety of other events to enrich and engage the community. Our corporate partners underwrite these events, so they are FREE to attend.

We provide easy, turnkey opportunities for organizations and individuals to become more engaged in our community and we strategically leverage our charitable giving and collective resources to make an even more significant impact. We host a variety of volunteer days, nonprofit and school tours, and other experiential opportunities to see the GOOD. Recent examples include tutoring after school, mentoring, scrubbing graffiti off of buildings and bridges, washing the feet of thousands of kids and providing them with new shoes and socks, providing a wounded Veteran Hero a mortgage-free home, picking up over 90,000 pounds of trash from McKellar Lake and the Mississippi River, spearheading the Fallen Officer Memorial, creating and promoting the Power of the Dollar Campaign ("buy local"), launching a civic pride effort called "Memphis Rocks," and hosting a Film Festival screening and a telethon.

On the media side, we produce and host television and radio shows, along with a podcast. We have a weekly newspaper column and two books that focus on achieving success in life and business while helping others in the process, and both books give back to support youth literacy programs. We hire freelance journalists and produce videos that cover positive stories under the banners of GOODworks and River City Rising. And, we also contribute to national media outlets, like PBS and Forbes. All of our efforts are focused on spotlighting positive news and efforts, lessons learned, tips and ways you can join in the effort and become an even greater force for GOOD. Learn more in our Media Section.

Overall, cityCURRENT has received international recognition for our innovative approach to corporate philanthropy and social entrepreneurialism. We're working hard each day to create a new model and way for organizations and citizens to come together and make a difference; where engagement is FREE, volunteerism is easy, the GOOD is celebrated, and giving back is woven into every event and effort.

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