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The Mission of TOPS is to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers and other disadvantaged Tennesseans to achieve economic self sufficiency by providing services that address their individual needs.

Tennessee Opportunity Programs, Inc. TOPS) is a private non-profit agency chartered in 1973 in the State of Tennessee. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. 

We receive grants and contracts from a variety of State and federal agencies that allow us to provide an array of services across the state. Take a look around to see what we offer.

 

 

The current programs administered by TOPS include:

WIA Section 167, National Farmworker Jobs Program – Funded by U.S. Dept of Labor

The mission of the NFJP is to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency through job training and through services that address their employment-related needs.

Migrant Education –TN Dept. of Education

TOPS works under the direction of the TN Department of Education to implement the Migrant Education Program in TN. This includes the identification and recruitment of migrant children throughtout the state, maintaining the Migrant Student Network database, and serving students through various programs throughout the year.

TN Lottery for Education – LEAPS- TN Dept. of Education

TOPS has two LEAPS afterschool programs in Warren County. Instructional staff offer homework help, grade level instruction in core subjects, and enrichment opportunities to 90 students K-8. Programs are designed to be engaging and targeted to specific student needs.

21st Century Afterschool Programming- TN Dept. of Education

TOPS has five 21st Century afterschool program sites in Warren County serving over 250 students K-8. Instructional staff offer homework help, grade level instruction in core subjects, and enrichment opportunities. We have an emphasis on STEM programming.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – Corporation for National Services

RSVP’s mission is two-fold: providing meaningful, invigorating opportunities for older adults and helping nonprofit organizations reach more clients and provide more services. Volunteer activity enhances and extends the services that community-based organizations provide to their client base at food pantries, thrift shops, meals to the needy, adult literacy, and blood drive projects.

Recent years have shown a great increase in the older adult population as a large number of baby boomers begin to enter their ranks. This new generation of older adults tends to be extremely well-educated and highly skilled and they bring extensive resources and professional experience to community service. RSVP has developed many opportunities to deploy baby boomers in professional and leadership positions, both in direct service to their communities and as technical advisors/consultants to the nonprofits with whom it partners

Farmworker Housing – Funded by the U.S. Dept of Labor

TOPS assists eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers in obtaining sound affordable housing by providing structured housing counseling, technical assistance to farmworkers in submitting loan applications and assist in the development of single and multi-family homes, weatherization and rehabilitation efforts.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

TOPS employees a WIC Clerk and a Nutrition Education for the South Central Regional Health office, along with a Nutrition Educator and Data Management Specialist located in Nashville.  Compliance Buyers are employed across the state to make investigated purchases at designated high risks grocery stores that redeem WIC vouchers to verify compliance with food purchases allowed.