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Memphis, Tenn. – On May 22, in collaboration with A New Century of Soul Bicentennial celebration, United Way of the Mid-South, Wells Fargo and Volunteer Odyssey will host four community service projects across the city in celebration of the City of Memphis’ Bicentennial. Mid-Southerners are invited to participate in a day of service painting rails at the River Front, cleaning up the banks of the mighty Mississippi with Clean Memphis, collecting discarded tires for the Tires to Trails tire clean-up or packing meals at the Mid-South Food Bank.  These activities allow citizens to commemorate all that is good in the city by taking time to give back.

“At Wells Fargo, we are committed to the communities we serve through our volunteerism and corporate philanthropy. Our team members are excited to support United Way of the Mid-South and volunteer in the City of Memphis, bringing their passion and helping those where they live and work,” said Wells Fargo Advisors Complex Manager Ari Litvin.

The day will start with a kick-off rally at 7:30 a.m. at the Pipkin Building (940 Early Maxwell Blvd.). Volunteers will be welcomed by City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, receive breakfast and t-shirts and be motivated by the Orange Mound Energizers before embarking on a meaningful day of service.

  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.:  A New Century of Service Kickoff at the Pipkin Building
  • 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.:  Volunteers drive themselves to the project sites
  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:  Volunteers participate in service projects

United Way and Volunteer Odyssey have partnered on four projects to offer hands-on volunteer experiences for participants.  These volunteer opportunities are open to the community and volunteers are needed. The four projects include:

  • River Front Painting – In partnership with the Memphis River Parks Partnership, volunteers will assist in painting the rails that line the Mississippi River parks to beautify the river front.  
  • River Front Cleanup with Clean MemphisVolunteers will pick up litter that has been left behind as the Mississippi River recedes. This is important to keep our city and environment clean, as well as to keep litter from entering our waterways and ending up in the ocean.

Tires to Trails – Tire Clean-UpMemphis City Beautiful and the City of Memphis have partnered with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to bring a three-mile long walking and biking trail to T.O. Fuller State Park. The trail will be made up of more than 40,000 tires that will be collected from around the Memphis community, and when it is complete, it will be one of the longest porous trails in the world.  This collection day will take place at one of eight collection sites around the city.

  • Meal Packing at the Mid-South Food BankVolunteers will sort and package donated goods in order to support the Food Bank’s mission of eliminating hunger in the Mid-South.

To sign up for any of these projects, visit:

About United Way of the Mid-South

For over 95 years, United Way of the Mid-South has brought the time, talents and treasures of citizens together so individuals and families in need can enjoy a better quality of life. We do this by being the leading catalyst in stimulating support and services for individuals and families as they progress from poverty to prosperity. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, United Way serves an eight-county region which includes Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties in Tennessee; Desoto, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi; and Crittenden county in Arkansas. The mission of United Way is to improve the quality of life for Mid-Southerners by mobilizing and aligning community resources to address priority issues.  We strive to advance people from where they are to where they dream to be by addressing the building blocks for success–education, financial stability and health. To learn more, please visit

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,700 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking, and has offices in 33 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2018 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.

About Volunteer Odyssey

Volunteer Odyssey is a one-stop shop for meaningful volunteer opportunities in Memphis. With our VolunteerCompass platform, we connect volunteers to their ideal volunteer experiences in the Memphis area based on their interests, skills, or neighborhood. We also provide the software that our nonprofit partners use to recruit volunteers and track their impact. Our work creates effective nonprofits, empowered citizens, and revitalized communities. Join us in making Memphis a leader in volunteerism.

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