Success Stories

The following success stories illustrate the positive benefits of FiftyForward RSVP programs:

Volunteering Does Work!
Letter sent to FiftyForward RSVP Director Shannon Duke:

Just wanted to thank you for all you and Eileen have done to promote my volunteer services in Nashville and Franklin. Volunteering Does Work!!!!

After being laid off in 2008, I realized that I needed to fill a void in my life. I sent e-mails to several organizations offering to be a volunteer in any needed position. Background checks were done and before I knew it I had three positions that gladly put me to work. My life had another purpose again helping anyone who needed help.

As a result of my volunteer work, I submitted applications for any full time work at several of our non-profit organizations. Guess what? A position opened up, and I gratefully got a job.

So for anyone who needs something to fill a void or fill up some empty hours in a day and give back to those who need it, VOLUNTEER!!!!!
Volunteering Does Work for everyone!!!!!
 —Van R.

FiftyForward RSVP Volunteers Stuff Goody Bags for Girls on the Run
Thank you so very much for your help on Saturday, April 30th. You all did an amazing job stuffing those goody bags. I really really appreciate your help! I will definitely recommend you for next year! Thank you again for your time and hard work.
—Marcia Sorrell, Girls on the Run 5K Director


A Principal Praises FLIP

So many things could be said, but I hope this effectively conveys my high respect for the program.

Every student needs an academic coach and cheerleader – someone who is unconditionally invested in the child’s progress. This need is met when a FiftyForward FLIP volunteer offers friendship to an academically at-risk student. These nurturing relationships help each child feel the joy of being significant to a caring adult and the pride that comes from mastering challenges. I’ve watched students of FiftyForward FLIP volunteers close learning gaps as well as gain self-esteem and improve school behavior. These miracles happen because FLIP adults are dedicated and dependable school partners who make the difference in children’s lives.
—Dottie Critchlow, Principal at Hickman Elementary School