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Upper Cumberland AAAD Participating in The Big Payback

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The Big Payback, Tennessee's 4th Annual Giving Day, Encourages Middle Tennesseans to Give Local and Support Nonprofits during 24-Hour Campaign

Cookeville, Tenn. - The Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability is participating in The Big Payback, a 24-hour, online giving event created to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits raise funds vital to continuing their work and directly improving the community around them. This is the first year that the Upper Cumberland AAAD is taking part in the event.

Presented by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, this region's dedicated day of giving begins at midnight on Wednesday, May 3 and runs for 24 hours. Once the clock starts, anyone can visit and make donations to the Upper Cumberland AAAD as well as other participating nonprofits - including schools and religious institutions - serving the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

Money raised for the Upper Cumberland AAAD will help provide emergency preparedness bags for seniors, caregiver respite, holiday food bags for seniors in need and unmet needs that are not covered by community resources.

The Upper Cumberland AAAD strives to enhance the quality of life for older adults and adults with disabilities across the 14-county region by connecting them to resources and services. Resources provided by Upper Cumberland AAAD such as emergency preparedness education and items for 72-hour emergency preparedness bags, food for the holidays, and respite for caregivers are solely dependent upon donated funds and volunteer hours. Additional funds will allow these services to continue and expand to serve more seniors and caregivers in need.

The Big Payback has made a tremendous impact on the Middle Tennessee community, helping raise more than $6.75 million for area organizations during the last three years of giving days.

"Nonprofits do important, life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee," said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. "The Big Payback has become an exciting opportunity for us to come together as a community to support their efforts and recognize the positive impact they have on our neighbors. It's an easy, fun and a meaningful way for us to show our local pride, give back, and make an enormous impact in the process."

About AAAD

The Area Agency on Aging and Disability(AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find AAAD on the web at and at For more information about Upper Cumberland AAAD and The Big Payback, contact Clare Farless at 931-432-4111 or

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

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