Tennessee first lady Maria Lee, rising K-6th graders to assist local seniors for day of service

Tennessee first lady Maria Lee, rising K-6th graders assist local seniors for day of service

Through a Summer Challenge program led by Tennessee First Lady Marie Lee, rising K-6th graders participated in various service projects to assist seniors on Thursday, June 6, at FiftyForward Madison Station. Participating students helped with gardening, cleaning, fitness and craft projects from noon to 1:30 p.m. In addition to the camaraderie of the day, attendees enjoyed refreshments, including Kona Ice.

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Squeeze the Day Podcast: James Ivey on Ministering, Mentoring, and Longevity Despite Health Troubles

James Ivey spent much of his life as a minister in the U.S. and as a missionary around the world. In his later years, a health incident brought him back to Middle Tennessee. Join us to learn about his “can do” attitude, why he stays motivated to help others often as a mentor to those around him, and the role his extended family and his daughter's friends, the Sister Circle, play in his life.

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Squeeze The Day Podcast: Elnora Terry’s tragic loss led to a meaningful new beginning with the AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program

“Granny” Elnora Terry lost her son to gun violence. She found her new beginning with AmeriCorps Seniors in the Foster Grandparent Program. Her uplifting and powerful story offers insight as she demonstrates a powerful commitment to creating brighter futures by mentoring and tutoring children in high-need elementary schools and learning centers.

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Squeeze The Day Podcast: Ray Lay adapts to mental health challenges to become an advocate and role model

Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a teen, Ray Lay shares how battling mental illness and substance abuse forced him to be homeless. Learn how joining the Marines and getting his GED paved the way for his success. Today, he provides peer support for veterans, is a board member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and is an advocate for those struggling with mental health and homelessness. 

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Squeeze The Day Podcast with Barry Coggins: singer/songwriter nourishes community by delivering meals (13,000 and counting), kindness, and sometimes a song

For more than 36 years, Barry Coggins has served up food, and sometimes a song or two, to lift-up and nourish older adults in his home communities of Dallas and Nashville. That’s approximately 13,000 meals! Coggins doesn’t know a stranger. As a longtime ally and advocate for others, a friend of the singer/songwriter said, “giving is Barry’s middle name.” Learn more about this man with a heart of gold.

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