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What It Takes to Help Students Graduate

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringBy Lester Strong We had good news this year in education. U.S. graduation rates are up by 6.5 percent since 2001. For those of us who work to improve children’s potential to graduate, it’s a validation that we’re making strides. Still, many problems remain that impact graduation rates in this country. One major challenge is that many children are still not reading proficiently by the end of third grade. In fact, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who …

New Hope for Older People in a Disaster

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s hurricane season. Yes, until Nov. 30. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an active or extremely active hurricane season. That means we could see 13 to 20 named storms, of which three to six could be major hurricanes (categories 3-5).  This is well above the seasonal average. As we know from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, older people are particularly at risk during a hurricane. That’s true for all forms of disaster – natural, man-made …

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 …

A Lesson from Oklahoma: Wisdom Saves Lives

Posted on 05/29/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringBy now, you may have heard of Nancy Davis.  Nancy lives in Moore, Oklahoma and yes, her house was destroyed by the recent tornado that devastated several Oklahoma communities. Like many, she is reeling from the aftermath and will, no doubt, for some time. What makes Nancy unique is that she is 94-years old and she lost her home not once, but twice.  She lost her home on May 3, 1999, the last time an EF5 tornado hit Moore – …

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. …

Beware of Oklahoma Charity Scams

Posted on 05/22/2013 by |Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringFor those who want to donate money to help the residents of Moore, Okla., devastated by Monday’s deadly tornado, read this first. Oklahoma officials are warning people to beware of fraudulent charities that are cropping up to take advantage of the tragedy. At least 24 people, including nine children, were killed in what officials say was the strongest tornado to ever touch down in the United States. As residents return to their flattened communities, legitimate charities are on the scene, helping …