FirstWorks Thanks Valero!

24 Feb

The children, staff, teachers and volunteers enrolled in the FirstWorks After-School Children’s Program, under the leadership of Frederick Cunningham, Executive Director, were thrilled to learn  they were the recipients of a Valero Memphis Refinery grant in the sum of $7,000!

Children, volunteers, board members, and teachers from the FirstWorks After School Program thank Valero for their generous donation to their program.Left to right first row:Joseph Hardeman, Demont McWright, Donte Gillard, Herman Peterson, Jr., Kenarius Carter, Keniah Curry, and Karen Oppenheim, FirstWork Board Chairperson for 2011.Left to right back row:Frederick Cunningham, FirstWorks Executive Director, Kristian Terry, Angelica McWright, Tiffany Black, Megan Henry, Launtrest Readus,Kobey Readus, and Ladessa Johnson

FirstWorks, an academic mission program, meets two afternoons a week for dinner, served by volunteer “Kitchen Angels,” and tutoring.  The program enrolls “at-risk” children and youth from zip codes surrounding Highland Heights United Methodist Church, at the corner of Summer and Highland.  In addition to stressing academic achievements, the program aims to teach the children life skills, give them career choices,  and build self-esteem by surrounding them with caring, educated adults.
Barbara Keeler, Valero employee and former FirstWorks volunteer through the Junior League of Memphis, nominated this very special mission program.
FirstWorks was one of 30 different agencies in the Memphis area that benefited from the $350,000 raised through the annual golf benefit, “Valero Texas Open Golf Classic.”
A festive luncheon was held honoring the grant recipients.

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