Get Involved through FiftyForward!
Make a difference in the lives of FiftyForward centers and programs.  Join our corps of more than 2,500 engaged volunteers who give of themselves so others live life to the fullest. Your experience, energy and skills will be put to the best use — helping others by supporting the centers and programs that enrich life for Middle Tennessee’s older adults.

Engaging older adults in volunteer service to benefit the community:
Older adults can utilize their skills to benefit our community through FiftyForward. Adults age 55+ have a variety of opportunities to use their lifetime of experience to assist young people, veterans, homebound seniors and those in the community who struggle with hunger. Click on the links below to learn about the volunteer programs exclusively for adults 55+ currently offered through FiftyForward:

FiftyForward Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
FiftyForward Foster Grandparent Program


Volunteer opportunities in support of FiftyForward:

Individuals and groups
FiftyForward engages individuals and group volunteers to support programs and centers. Whether a corporate group providing support to a center fundraiser or an individual who serves as a FiftyForward Fresh/Meals on Wheels delivery driver, volunteers are critical to the FiftyForward mission to serve older adults in our community. To learn more about how you or your group can serve as a volunteer, contact Robin Johnson, director of Volunteer Engagement, at rjohnson@fiftyforward.org or (615) 743-3424 to be matched with an opportunity that suits you.

Board service
Volunteers guide the work of FiftyForward through board membership and participation in committees including: communications, development, finance, human resources, strategic planning, government affairs, and program resources. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, contact Kimmy Gaines  at (615) 743-3402 or kgaines@fiftyforward.org and she will put in contact with the chairperson of the committee that interests you.

Student Interns and Research Projects

Community service hours
If you are a student or community volunteer seeking to fulfill short-term community service hours or just get involved at FiftyForward, please click on this link for our current list of opportunities. These opportunities are generally “done in a day” support for FiftyForward fundraisers, centers and programs and range from 2 – 6 hours at a time.

Student Interns
Social work, public health and nursng students who are seeking semester-long internships or volunteer opportunities that are specific to their area of study should contact Gretchen Funk. director of FiftyForward Supportive Care Services, at gfunk@fiftyforward.org for information about current availability.

Academic research

Students interested in interviewing FiftyForward clients as a component of academic projects should contact Jocelyn Briddell, director of Active Aging, at jbriddell@fiftyforward.org.