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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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Fly and Do Good: Volunteer Challenge Week 3

Posted on 09/22/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringA few years ago a friend of mine went to Guatemala on a volunteer mission with the Peace Corps. She sent regular updates (when she could get email access), introducing us to the village children, the friends she made, the Biblical rains, lack of plumbing and arresting views she had from her humble block-and-tin home. She reported that she loved every minute of it and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. That’s a common refrain among Peace Corps workers – …

This Week’s Challenge: Volunteering for Kids

Posted on 09/15/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringIt wasn’t until I had a kid of my own (three years ago) that I realized the depth of truth underlying the clichés about all that children mean to our world. Once I witnessed in my own household the potential, purity and vulnerability of a young life, I knew I wanted not only to nurture my son but also to help children who might not have the love, support or stability they deserve. And so I sought out volunteer opportunities …

Our Challenge to You

Posted on 09/8/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringAh, September in America. Time to shake off the languid rhythms of summer and dive back into our bustling lives. But we should also set aside some time to help those who are less fortunate. To help motivate you, AARP this week is launching our Volunteer Challenge, a four-week campaign to expand the rolls of volunteers nationwide by sharing inspirational stories, volunteer ideas and tips for finding meaningful volunteering opportunities. Our Week One topic: Find great ways to volunteer on …

How You (Yes, YOU!) Can Help Kids Learn

Posted on 09/1/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWith so much focus on the high-profile disasters and crises – Hurricane Irene damage, war in Libya, human rights violations in Syria and famine in Somalia – it’s easy to lose sight of some very real ongoing needs in each of our communities.

MLK’s Legacy: The AARP Tribute

Posted on 08/23/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeMy dad once told me that he had only one deep regret in his life: his decision to skip Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech on the National Mall in D.C. in August 1963. When he saw Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech on TV my father knew immediately that he had missed an opportunity to witness first hand one of the most stirring, inspired and impactful speeches in American history. As we approach the formal dedication of the new …

A Hunger Hero Needs Your Vote!

Posted on 08/18/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWho has done the most to fight senior hunger in America? To answer that question, we need you – yes, YOU! Through the AARP Foundation Hunger Hero contest, we’ve done some of the hard work for you, narrowing down the field of Hunger Heroes to our top five candidates. Now you have until Sept. 24 (at midnight, Eastern Time) to vote for your favorite Hunger Hero. Your choices: A San Diego woman who founded a non-profit organization to deliver one …