Reversing the impact of Child Abuse on Kids, Families and Communities…
One Child, One Family at a Time

Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Child Abuse knows no boundaries.  Its effects damage the lives of children and tear families apart.  Child abuse is often a recurring cycle, passing from generation to generation, resulting in mental and physical injury and death.  The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center was established in 1981 by the local Exchange Club to break the cycle of abuse and improve the quality of family life in communities throughout West Tennessee.  Over 13,000 clients were serviced in 2011.  The Center is a 501C(3) organization.

To learn more about the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse please visit their website at

Where the Center Serves in West Tennessee Families

From its earliest beginnings (1981), in Madison County. The Center and its board of directors sought to establish a Center in every west Tennessee County, except Shelby (Memphis) where a similar center exists.

Centers are now located in the West Tennessee Counties of Madison, Gibson, Henderson, Haywood, Tipton, Crockett, Chester, Hardeman, McNairy, Carroll, Lauderdale, Decatur, Hardin, Henry and Weakley.

Honored to Be Part of West Tennessee

The Exchange Club and the Carl Perkins Center has received honors and accolades for their efforts in support of children, families and communities in West Tennessee.

  • 2001 – Liberty Bell Award – Judges and Attorneys in West Tennessee
  • 2002 – Field Agency of the Year – University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Crisis Intervention Strategies, the Center was featured in the counseling course textbook by Dr. Richard James
  • The Best Little Vicarious Trauma Prevention Program in Tennessee the Center was featured in this research
  • Triple A rating from the National Exchange Club Foundation
The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center is a United Way Agency. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Center is to provide support to families in preventing and dealing with child abuse in West Tennessee and to help both parents and children meet the practical needs of preserving and improving the quality of family life.

Letter from the President CEO of The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

Dear Friends,

The Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse is so thankful to the Bicentennial Exchange Club for all of their support of time and dollars given to help stop child abuse.  The Club has an annual event every year that raises money for the children we serve.  That event is the Andrew Jackson Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5 K Run.    Child Abuse is such an ugly thing, and so many children live their worst nightmares during their waking hours.  The Center becomes a safe haven and a light of hope for all that are served.  The Marathon provides much needed dollars to help end those nightmares and give our kids hope for a brighter future.

The Bicentennial Exchange Club and the Jackson Roadrunners started this event several years ago.  Their

hard work, dedication, planning and volunteer hours have created an event that has helped thousands of children through the Center.  Everyone looks forward to the marathon and it is recognized as one of our premier fundraisers.  There are many volunteers that spend countless hours in making this such a wonderful experience for all involved. 


Through the years there have been many sponsors involved to ensure the event’s success.  Those sponsors last year included BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Trust, Sports Orthopedics & Spine, City of Jackson, Regional Hospital of Jackson, Union University, Serra of Jackson, Wade Norris Logging, Jason’s deli, Brown & Williams Chiropractic, A touch of Serenity, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sports Plus Rehab Centers, Paradoxe Corporation,  Coca-Cola Bottling Works, Boomers Executive Fitness and Allegra Print & Imaging.  The event could not occur if it were not for these great supporters and the volunteers involved to make it all happen.


The Center is blessed to be affiliated with such a great group of individuals.  Working together we have and will continue to make a difference in the lives of children and families in West Tennessee.  Thanks for spending your time and efforts to help the Center and those we serve.


God Bless You All.


Pam Nash

President CEO