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A member of AARP's Create The Good effort, John Briley blogged about news related to volunteerism.

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The Past is Now: Preserving Memories and Honoring Veterans

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWhat if future history lessons included stories of everyday people? Not everyday people who became president, or painted masterpieces or dominated a sport, but regular folks who left behind stories – and memories – that fade all too soon with the passing of each successive generation. A year-old company, called 1000memories, has devised a way to capture the old photographs and stories of our loved ones for present and future generations. It was founded in 2010 as a place for …

A Purpose Prize Winner, Changing the World One Baby at a Time

Posted on 11/3/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringSometimes a story comes along that is so powerful and impactful that all we can do is shake our heads in wonder at the feat. Today that story is about Jenny Bowen and her non-profit organization, Half the Sky Foundation. Fifteen years ago Jenny saw a news photo of a starving Chinese girl and decided, with her husband, to adopt a baby from China. The adoption process revealed conditions in Chinese orphanages that appalled her – rampant neglect, and the …

The Speed of Inspiration

Posted on 10/13/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringSometimes inspiration travels fast. As in 150-mph fast. Pull up a bucket seat and a roll cage and I’ll explain. Last winter, Doug Brown, the principal of W.T. Chipman Middle School in Dover, Del., was watching the Daytona 500 NASCAR race when he noticed that driver Jeff Gordon’s car was emblazoned with a logo for AARP’s Drive to End Hunger campaign. 

AARP Founder Honored for Vision and Sacrifice

Posted on 10/12/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post A. Barry Rand. Mr. Rand is the CEO of AARP.  Often the rights, benefits and representation we take for granted today can be traced to one person’s vision, wisdom and courage. In the case of AARP, an organization dedicated to advancing the interests and safeguarding the benefits of older Americans, that person is Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Today, Dr. Andrus is among a highly select number of visionaries being honored by the Extra Mile – …

AARP and Experience Corps: A Natural Fit to Mentor Kids

Posted on 10/6/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringNo generation lives in a vacuum. In fact, the more each generation interacts with others of all ages, the more we all can grow to better understand one another and – importantly – share our knowledge, perspective and compassion to help others. That’s why AARP has joined forces with Experience Corps, an organization through which retired adults volunteer to mentor children in classrooms. The new joint program – AARP Experience Corps – will continue Experience Corps’ excellent track record of …

Poverty, Hispanics and You

Posted on 09/29/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringToday’s news gets right to heart of an uncomfortable topic: Hispanic children, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, are now the largest group of children in poverty in the U.S. – not by percentage, but by pure numbers. Some 6.1 million Hispanic children are in poverty, compared to 5 million white children and 4.4 million black children. Hispanics, according to the Washington Post, have been hit harder by the recession than any other group. What’s uncomfortable about this – aside …