Friday, May 16, 2014

Nashville Zoo welcomes seniors for FREE on Monday

Nashville Zoo welcomes seniors to enjoy the sights and creatures of nature on Monday.
The Nashville Zoo & Cigna-HealthSpring are giving seniors full (and free) access to tigers, elephants and other wildlife on Monday!
Nashville Zoo's Senior Day, sponsored by Cigna-HealthSpring will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 19 for seniors 65 and older. In addition to free admission, Nashville Zoo will also grant the seniors who join the festivities a $5 voucher toward concessions.
The Cigna-Healthcare Silver Stars will perform at 12:30, and there will be an array of keeper talks and other exhibits for those who attend.
There will be a $5 parking fee.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TN Employment Idol 2014 - Joel Brenner

Joel Brenner has earned his nickname "Number 1."

There's no one that leaves the dishes at Nashville Airport Marriott as squeaky clean as Joel, says his co-workers and supervisor.

There's also no one more deserving of the title Tennessee Employment Idol - video contest that highlights some of the hardworking people with intellectual disabilities working throughout the state.

For 18 years, Progress has provided job coaching, transportation and employment training to Joel.

He has excelled at his job so much so that he's been recognized by the regional and national Marriott executives with other awards.

His positive spirit, work ethic and love for his job makes Joel OUR Employment Idol.

If you agree, please like and share this wonderful video, created by Jarvis Media.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Big Payback Paid Off for Progress Inc.!

Community Foundation, Progress Inc., BigPayback, Seniors, Disability
The BigPayback - a 24-hour day of online giving - paid off for Progress!


$1.4 million

The power of numbers were evident on May 6. On that day, 525 small and large nonprofits supporting everything from elephants to theater raised more than $1.4 million during the BigPayback, an online day of giving sponsored by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and the Kharis Foundation. Progress had the great fortune of drawing in more than $2,100 in just a matter of hours.  We are so thankful for the support given that will help us to continue to keep people with disabilities and seniors healthy, happy and safe.

Ticket to Work, Supported Employment, Progress Inc., Nashville

In addition to the financial gain, the day gave Progress a platform to tell our story to an increased number of potential supporters. More than 1,000 people were engaged on our Facebook and Twitter pages. In those many social media moments, our friend Tim from the Nashville Airport Marriott helped tell the story of just how important it is for Bea to have a meaningful workday and bring smiles to the faces of Marriott employees and customers. Our Board President David Cannady also shared why he loves and supports Progress. 

We just can't say thank you enough to each and every one of you for making sure the Big Payback paid off for Progress.