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Saving One Baby at a Time

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the second in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   Fomwan Maternity Hospital, Kaduna For most of the team, this is a new experience. They’ve never been in a developing country or given polio immunizations. Now, on our second day in Kaduna, they’re getting their sea legs — learning how to give polio immunizations in a maternity clinic, where 40 crying infants, held by their …

Italian Vacation? Let’s Help Eradicate Polio Instead

Posted on 03/6/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the first in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   They’re at a point in their lives where they could be playing with their grandchildren, working in the garden, or on a cruise, instead, these seniors are spending their leisure time eradicating polio in Nigeria. I’m meeting up with a 15-member polio immunization team – all Rotary International  club volunteers with …

A Handy Trick for Learning to Read

Posted on 03/4/2013 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Volunteering“Aoccdrning to rscheearch…” We all bring different experiences and backgrounds to our reading.  Our comprehension skills, vocabulary and language fluency all factor into what we take away from the series of letters and spaces on the page in front of us.  But the foundations of how we decode those characters comes from our learned ability to translate “letters into sounds” and “sounds into words.” And so, most of us can “read” the subtitle of this blog as “According to research…” …

Experience Corps Chicago Driven by Passionate Latino Leaders

Posted on 02/28/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringAARP Experience Corps Chicago aims to improve child literacy rates among young Chicago Latinos. As the office gears to open in March, Myrna Torres takes her position as Experience Corps Chicago’s new Branch Director. Tomas Revollo, a retired principal and educational thought leader, volunteers his time and expertise to connect Experience Corps with current Chicago Public School principals. Both have a deep interest in serving the Latino community, and that interest is invaluable in completing EC’s mission.    If you …

AARP Volunteer Receives Community Service Award

Posted on 02/27/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringWe’ve got some really fantastic volunteers in Illinois and around the country. The range of activities they work on is quite stellar. From Driver Safety to Tax Aide, to lobbying down in Springfield,  or assisting with office projects, this organization wouldn’t exist, and wouldn’t have nearly the impact that it does, without help from volunteers. That’s why we’re always excited when volunteer work is honored and recognized! So props to our longtime AARP Driver Safety Program volunteer Stanley Fukai  who …

An Early Lead for Jeff Gordon Doesn’t Pan Out, but Drive to End Hunger Still Wins

Posted on 02/25/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringWhat happens behind the scenes at a NASCAR race is just as important as what takes place on the track, and that was the case for four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and the Drive to End Hunger #24 Chevrolet at this year’s Daytona 500, a history-making edition of NASCAR‘s biggest race. Jeff started second, behind Danica Patrick, the first woman not only to earn the coveted pole position but also to lead a lap at Daytona and to finish …