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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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Thanks to Federal Reserve, Free Foreclosure Reviews Available to Some

Posted on 10/4/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Money & SavingsIf your home was at any time in 2009 or 2010 involved in the foreclosure process, you may be eligible for compensation if mistakes were made by your lender or loan servicer.  A free Independent Foreclosure Review can determine whether you are eligible for compensation, but you must request it before Dec. 31, 2012. Home-loan borrowers whose primary residence was involved in the foreclosure process between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 may request a free review.  A third …

Visiting Southeast Asia to Seek Solutions to Isolation

Posted on 09/19/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Beth Casey. Beth is a program manager for AARP Foundation’s Isolation Impact Area team, which works to combat and prevent isolation in people age 50 and over. The challenges of the developing world are not so different from those faced by Americans age 50 and over, particularly the low-income segment of the 50+. Throughout the world, older adults struggle to live their lives with dignity and purpose – to continue to put food on …

Jeff Gordon’s Motto: Never Give Up

Posted on 09/9/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringBy all accounts, four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon drove the best race of his life last night at Richmond International Speedway, cinching one of the two coveted Wild Card spot in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup. “I went from last week to being the most disappointed I’ve ever been to finish second to the most excited I’ve ever been to finish second,” said Gordon to the press. While Gordon led the lead lap at the start of …

Who’s Hungry? Many Have Trouble Affording Food

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Becky Squires. Becky is a writer-editor for AARP Foundation. The United States might be the land of plenty, but many people cannot afford to buy what’s on offer – including food. A new Gallup survey conducted from January to June 2012 found one in four Mississippians (24.9%) said they could not afford to buy food for themselves or their families at least once over the past year. Alabama (22.9%) and Delaware (22.1%) ranked second …

Wanted: Stories of Generosity after World War II

Posted on 08/22/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Melanie Mantenieks. Mantenieks is a 2nd generation European American who has a strong interest in humanitarian efforts, geography, travel, and international studies.  She lives in Illinois with her Latvian American boyfriend and three cats. I’m a 2nd generation European American and while I’m not quite old enough to be an AARP member just yet, I’m on a mission to collect untold stories following World War II. I’m looking for stories about the generosity of American families who donated money to …

Celebrating Everyday Heroes in Denver

Posted on 08/16/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringEvery week, volunteer Joe Pells goes to the AARP Foundation Colorado Consumer Fraud Prevention Call Center in Denver and makes about 90 phone calls to warn seniors about financial scams. He’s done this for three years, spoken to nearly 5,000 people and performed more than 500 hours of service. He’s an amazing super-volunteer. Denver’s ABC7 TV station recognized Pells’s dedication, naming him a “7Everyday Hero” earlier this month. The station gives the weekly award to Coloradans who initiate solutions, motivate …