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Guardian Angels: Volunteering to Make an Impact

Posted on 07/21/2014 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringNobody knew much about Roger. His niece had dropped him off at the nursing home one day, saying there was a family emergency. Could they keep him overnight? Days passed, and then weeks. Some thought that Roger’s niece had been pocketing his Social Security checks, and when authorities started catching on, she bolted. Whatever the reason, she never came back. Enter Mark Desmond, Roger’s volunteer guardian. Mark, a newly retired sales manager, was determined to find out all he could about Roger, …

5 Key Lessons for Engaging Volunteers Online

Posted on 05/21/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

VolunteeringDoes your organization struggle to recruit volunteers for your cause? If so, you are not alone. There are countless groups competing for “share of heart” from folks who are willing to lend their time and energy for the social good. Many nonprofits dream of expanding their volunteer ranks with individuals who bring decades of life and work experience — as well as commitment and passion. What those organizations may not realize is that these ideal candidates are out there… en …

‘Day of Service’ Kicks Off AARP’s National Event in Boston

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |General News | Comments

VolunteeringThe tables were stacked high with groceries: pasta, peanut butter, cans of peaches and beans. In front, an assembly line of volunteer workers packed them in brown paper bags and passed them along to be loaded into cartons for delivery to a food bank. “It’s fun,” said 66-year-old Ronna Davis of Stoughton, Mass., “and it’s a way to help people in need.” Davis, who had heard about the project on the radio, showed up with her lifelong friend, Esther Kaplan, …

Celebrating All Volunteers

Posted on 04/10/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

VolunteeringAARP is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week, an annual opportunity to step back and recognize the hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and passions to improving every corner of this great nation. While it’s easy to get caught up in statistics – more than 60 million volunteers, more than 7 billion hours of service – it’s the “good” behind those numbers that is truly awesome. At AARP, we couldn’t achieve our mission to improve aging in America without …

Some Meals on Wheels Programs Feed Fido, Too

Posted on 12/26/2013 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringBy Sue Manning, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Meals on Wheels didn’t deliver donated dog food, Sherry Scott of San Diego says her golden retriever Tootie would be eating the pasta, riblets and veggie wraps meant for her. But thanks to partnerships between the program for low-income seniors and pet groups across the country, fewer people and pets are going hungry. After Meals on Wheels volunteers noticed a growing number of clients giving their food away to …

How to Be a Charitable Cheapskate

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & Savings | VolunteeringIt’s the kind of news story that makes national headlines every year or two: A person of seemingly modest means secretly amasses a small (or not so small) fortune while leading a frugal lifestyle, only to reveal that wealth by giving it all away to charity. The latest jaw-dropper came from 98-year-old Jack MacDonald of Washington state. He died in September and left a surprise fortune of $187.5 million to Seattle Children’s Research Institute, the University of Washington School of …