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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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Keeping a Housing Promise to Seniors in Virginia

Posted on 08/10/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThis is a guest post by Chrissy Fehskens. Chrissy is a Communications Advisor at the AARP Foundation. Last month, a promise made to longtime residents of Charlottesville Virginia’s former Sunrise Trailer Court was fulfilled.  In 2004, private developers looked to purchase land where a 16-unit trailer park stood, jeopardizing the homes of longtime residents, many of them age 50 and older.  Instead, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville ended up purchasing the land, and they promised the nine families, who …

A Forever Fan Wants Your Marilyn Memories

Posted on 08/5/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

EntertainmentFifty years ago, on August 5, in the early hours of a Sunday morning, Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her Brentwood home. Had she lived, she would have been 86-years-old. I have a longstanding Marilyn obsession, which makes this post tough to write. What could I reveal that hasn’t possibly already been said, written and speculated about her life?  What unique photo can I share? What evidence could I provide about the mystery surrounding her death? Perhaps you can relate to …

From Experience to Empathy: Why NASCAR fans back Drive to End Hunger

Posted on 07/13/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Stefani Norris. Norris lives in Chicago and works in the sports media industry. Through his support of Drive to End Hunger, Jeff Gordon has helped raise awareness of the plight of nearly 9 million older Americans at risk of hunger – and with that increased awareness comes more donations of food and funds to help solve the hunger problem. Taking a “see for yourself” stance to help communicate the reality of hunger among older …

Supporting Service at Home, Abroad, and at Any Age

Posted on 07/5/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis post was recently featured in the VolunteerSpot #SummerofService blog campaign. When Donna Berry, 60, stumbled upon Blackmon Road several years ago, she was stunned. She found a neighborhood teeming with children that had no running water, electricity or sewage. Outsiders had taken to calling it “Trash Pile Road.” Donna was astonished that minutes outside of her own neighborhood in North Carolina people were living in such dire conditions. She immediately took it upon herself to make a difference. Eleven …

The Feast World’s Fare: Dinner Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

Posted on 06/18/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringBy: Jerri Chou, Founder, The Feast Social Innovation Conference. Chou lives social innovation as the Co-Founder of The Feast Social Innovation Conference, All Day Buffet, and TBD. Named one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business, she is also the head strategist at Lovely Day and works to make innovative social solutions the new standard for “business as usual.” What if dinner was more than just dinner? What if one dinner could change the world?  Enter, The Feast World’s Fare: …

33 Tons of Paper – Shredded!

Posted on 06/15/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Becky Squires, staff writer for AARP Foundation Consumers gathered in four places around Colorado — Denver, Black Forest/Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Pueblo – at special “Fight Fraud – Shred Instead” paper-shedding events organized by AARP Foundation Colorado, June 9. “Not only do old documents contain information that identity thieves can use, but shredding all this paper is good for the environment, too,” said Amy Nofziger, AARP Foundation manager.  Loaded with boxes of out-of-date …