Donor Spotlight: Middle Tennessee Advisory Council dedicated to creating joy-filled holidays for residents

As we expand the reach of our services in the Nashville area, we are particularly grateful for the dedicated support we receive from the community, local businesses and individuals who believe in our mission and the work we do every day to help veterans and individuals with developmental disabilities. Our Middle Tennessee Advisory Council has served as a constant leader in supporting our programs as our dedicated staff work to deliver the highest quality services and ensure that the individuals we serve are living fulfilling lives, especially during the holiday season.

Positive Change Society member and Council representative Lyn Williams has been a committed supporter of our Nashville programs for years and shares a passion for the work we do.

"I support Volunteers of America on a very personal level. I have an uncle in the Northeast with disabilities who could no longer get the care he needed at home. He resides in a home similar to those of Volunteers of America," Lyn said, noting why she chose to "adopt" one of our homes to decorate for the holidays and donate gifts for the individuals who live there.

"I am grateful for the services that Volunteers of America provides. I decided to adopt the Lismore home a few years ago and get great pleasure shopping for Crystal and Stephanie. I enjoy being on the Council and am proud to be a member of the Positive Change Society."

Last week, Lyn and other Council members helped host Nashville's annual Holiday Celebration, during which nearly 100 Middle Tennessee supporters, staff and individuals we serve gathered to celebrate the season.

Piedmont Natural Gas hosted the party for the third year in a row and donated 15 gifts to show appreciation to our dedicated direct support staff. Positive Change Society member Ted Bertuca, Jr. sponsored the holiday meal, our staff coordinated a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus and acclaimed jazz guitarist John Richards filled the air with beautiful holiday music.

Additionally, all of the individuals and companies who "adopted" our residents' homes for the holidays delivered presents to the individuals we serve at the celebration, bringing even more holiday cheer to the party. The generosity of these dedicated supporters helps us ensure that the 34 individuals we serve in the Nashville area have a joy-filled holiday season. Thank you to Nissan, The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Del Mar Medical, Rotary Club of Donelson Hermitage, Donelson AM Exchange Club, Debbie Tromley, Jenny Harris, Lyn Williams, Luann Brent and Mary Hart for contributing gifts and bringing joy to the individuals we serve.

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