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Jen Martin is AARP Social Media manager for Create The Good, the AARP Foundation and Drive to End Hunger. Passions: Cheesy 80s music, food, my dog and the Baltimore Ravens

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Ideas to Help in Your Community on 9/11 and Every Day

Posted on 07/29/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOn Sept. 11, 2013, nearly two-thirds of AARP employees will not show up for work. Instead, they will be gardening, painting, reading to children, sorting and cleaning eyeglass donations, making toys and blankets for shelter animals, offering hygiene kits and friendly conversation to the local homeless, creating cards for sick children; visiting nursing home residents, removing toxic plants from the pastures of a therapeutic horseback riding program, and preparing and serving breakfast at a soup kitchen.  All of this “giving …

Summertime Learning: 2 Ways to Make Summer Fun for Kids

Posted on 05/28/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringSchool’s out. It’s the time of year that was once reserved for kids to help their on their family farms to maintain and pull in the crops. Now, it’s a time of leisure, play and (with any luck) visits to the grandparents. However, research shows that kids lose ground academically during the summer months unless they use the skills they learn in school throughout the year. Some studies suggest that the loss is up to three months of in-classroom work. …

AARP Recognizes Power of Volunteerism During National Volunteer Week

Posted on 04/24/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond. Nancy, the Executive Vice President of AARP’s State and National Group, leads government affairs, public education and integrated legislative and educational campaigns and volunteerism and service for AARP’s social change agenda.  Nancy also has responsibility for AARP’s state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   With National Volunteer Week upon us, it’s a great time to recognize the significant …

Astronaut Abby – Inspiring Others to Dream Big

Posted on 04/23/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Abigail Harrison. Otherwise known as Astronaut Abby, Abby  is a 15-year-old high school STEM student and aspiring astronaut whose ultimate goal is to be the first astronaut to Mars in 2030.   It’s amazing how one meeting, one interaction, one event can change our lives. This has been the case for me as I have ventured out to make my dream of becoming the first astronaut to Mars a reality. I may only be 15-years-old, …

What About the Survivors? Wheels of Hope

Posted on 04/3/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the last in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria. En route to the Abuja, Nigeria airport. On our way home. It’s been a week of 10-hour days and the Rotarians are visibly tired. They’ve trudged down countless alleys, endured smoke, dust storms, and long bumpy bus rides. But in spite of these inconveniences, no one would trade this week for anything – …

Market Day — Bringing Polio Immunizations to the People

Posted on 03/27/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the fourth in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria. Today is one of Nigeria’s Polio Plus Days. These are days when there’s a big push to go out and bring polio immunizations to the people. We’re going to the Monday Market — one of the largest outdoor markets in this part of Nigeria. Everyone comes here to get their …