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It Takes a Village, Inc.

Created to improve the social outcomes for our black and brown children in the City of Memphis by educating them on their health, oral care, financial literacy, as well as different careers and trades.

Not all stories begin with once upon a time.

In Memphis, we have communities of color that ​are struggling. With the rising prices of groceries, ​gas, rent, mortgages, and utilities, even the ​middle class is beginning to sink below the ​poverty line. With that being said, parents are ​working longer hours or working multiple jobs to ​make ends meet. If we click on the news, crime ​is being committed mostly by adolescents, ​especially in the warmer months.

It Takes a Village Inc. is committed to getting ​these kids out of the streets and into ​camps/programs they are interested in. We are ​also committed to funding the needs of foster ​children in the community and committed to ​keeping the children that are being released from ​the Juvenile Detention Center from becoming ​repeat offenders.

2023 EVENTS:

Cookies & Cocktails Christmas Silent Au​ction

Where: The Balinese Ballroom (High Point)

When: December 2, 2023 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Get tickets on Eventbrite:

Sponsored by:

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Auction Donors:

Vintage Decorative Line Art

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It Takes a Village-

Community FAMILY Baby Shower

There will be providers of color (Family Medicine doctor, Occupational Therapist (specializes in children with special needs), Dentist, Doula, Midwife, and more) coming to speak to the guests in attendance in addition to a Q&A following. There will also be informational booths- a bank to speak about financial literacy, various departments from the Shelby County Health Dept., YMCA, United Healthcare, State Farm, Pregnant Moms Empowerment Program, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry, Choices Center of Reproductive Health, and other community nonprofits, and more.

Every person registered through Eventbrite will receive a raffle ticket for door prizes.

Held annually: April 27, 2024

Location: TBA

Cookies & Cocktails Christmas Silent Auction

Proceeds from this event will go to sending minority children to summer camps/sports camps during the summer of 2024. Please call for qualifying details.




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Saundra P., MPS, BA, President

It Takes a Village Inc. and Saundra P. Designs

Louise LaFlora, MD

Medical Director

LaTeasha Gaither-Davis, OT, President

Therapeutic Focus

Betina Hunt, President

You First Community Foundation

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Darnesha Taylor, BFA, President

Greenworks LLC and Grace Noire

Waletha Wasson, BS, DDS, MPA, MA MAGD

Program Director: A 21st Century Initiative-

Oral-Systemic and Population-Based Health for All

Paris Hoskins


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Kemetra King, CNM, APRN, MSN, RN



Including: Regions Bank and UTHSC College of Dentistry

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Thank You To Our Donors!!!

Nothing Bundt Cakes (East)

Regions Bank (Midtown)

Shelby Community Services

Pregnant Moms Empowerment Program


Krispy Kreme (Bartlett)

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry

Cornerstone Prep

Miss S. Coleman

Anonymous Donor

Miss A. Henry


Mr. S. Johnson


Mrs. D. Oliver

Fox 13 News

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It Takes a Village will be partnering with 160 Driving Academy/CDL Training to offer a 4-week program for 17 to 19 year old's to get their CDL license.

This will be offered to teenagers that have been released or will be released from the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center, as well as, high school students.

More information to come.

Please donate to further our efforts:

Summer of 2024, It Takes a Village is partnering with Truist Bank to have a class called, "On Your Own". It's a simulation for teenagers to learn how to manage money, bills, savings, etc.

For more information:

For vendor applications or to become a volunteer, please email:


To pay vendor fees, please click below:


Zelle: lasaundrapirtle@gmail.com

About Saundra P.

I'm passionate about giving children of color their ​best economic advantages. This nonprofit is ​named It Takes a Village, for a reason. Back in ​the day, the entire neighborhood looked after ​children, but sometime between here and there ​that has changed and THAT needs to change.

So let's do it together!

Saundra P. mps,ba

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