Three young boys working behind a counter, roasting coffee.
Meraki Roasting Company, photo from Meraki's Facebook page

5 Ways To Support Mississippi With Your Summer Shopping

Summer may be fast moving for our corps members, between Delta Institute and second-year fellowships, but for their family and friends it may be less so. It's the perfect time to pick up a book, a fun snack, or a healthy habit - so why not support Mississippi and our corps members at the same time?
Friday, July 14, 2017

As you dive into summer, consider these opportunities to support Mississippi makers and innovators – and, while you’re at it, our work at Teach For America-Mississippi. 

Meraki Roasting Company is not only an exciting new place to buy fresh, locally roasted coffee by batch or by subscription, but also an opportunity to sow into the lives of Delta youth.  In conjunction with Griot Arts, Meraki employs Clarksdale-area high school graduates in order to give them hands-on skills and development to set them on a path of success. Meraki is perfect for the local or long distance big-hearted coffee lover

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TFA-MS Executive Directors Ron Nurnberg and Barbara Logan Smith at the 2017 Mississippi River Marathon

The 6th annual Mississippi River Marathon will take place February 10, 2018, so there’s no better time like the present to let the training begin! Consider this your motivation to start that gym membership you’ve been putting off or enhance your run-of-the-mill workout. With the seven events set to be offered, there’s sure to be one that fits your health and fitness goals. Register today!

We know that Mississippians are spoiled for amazing farmer’s markets, but if you can’t get to one you can still support our state by shopping at the next best place - Kroger. And did you know that you can support TFA-MS by shopping at any Kroger? And it’s easy! Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by using their website, and if you already have one you can edit your Kroger Community Rewards information with TFA’s number (81568) and choose TFA-Mississippi. Now 3 percent of your purchases will go straight to our corps members and communities – don’t forget to enroll yearly!

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Joe Wilkins ('02), alumni author

We’re proud of the arts and culture thriving in Mississippi, visible in the amazing texts created by local leaders – and even some of our alums! Check out The Mountains and the Fathers by Joe Wilkins (’02) for a tear-jerking beach read, or the new Mississippi Encyclopedia that was just launched by the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi as a perfect coffee table book! 

And, to celebrate our twenty-fourth year of partnership in the state of Mississippi, TFA-MS is offering donors a special opportunity to invest in our corps. For every $24 donation or above, you’ll be entered to win a swag bag, replete with a 2017 corps shirt, TFA-MS mug, and tote! This offer will only last through the month July – so donate now using the button above!