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Horse Sense Volunteering

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringFran Burns of Baltimore County, Maryland, grew up on a horse farm, riding and showing horses. She recalls that the only time in her life when she wasn’t around horses was during college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied broadcast journalism. After many years of working in the world of radio, and later, dental sales, Fran retired in 2006 to her horse farm in northern Maryland where she started volunteering with organizations that were …

Celebrating 100 Days of School on the Wall

Posted on 02/12/2013 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

VolunteeringToday my class of Experience Corps students celebrated their 100th day of school!  When I got to school the teacher had placed “100th day of school” signs all over the walls.  To celebrate, the children made crowns with a “100” featured prominently on the front, and decorated their headband with 100 hearts, numbers, triangles, dots, letters—whatever they were moved to create.  And even if they didn’t get 100 “somethings” down on the paper, when the adults stapled the bands to fit …

Do You Live Each Day with Purpose?

Posted on 02/7/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringWhen you wake up in the morning, do you think to yourself, “I’m so excited, because today I get to… (fill in the blank)? No? I have teenagers, and on occasions I hear the following proclamation, “I’m bored!”  Usually said out loud to the world in general, with only one part (unsaid) that is directed at me:  “…and what are you going to do about it?” Boredom, idleness, and lack of motivation can often be linked to a lack of …

Were Lance Armstrong’s Lies Justified?

Posted on 01/18/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringBetrayed. That’s the only way to express the feelings I have as I track Lance Armstrong’s “process of confession.”  In fact, I was so upset I couldn’t bring myself to watch the Oprah interview last night, which, in addition to “coming clean” had to include some justification for why he spent nearly two decades lying, attacking his denouncers and systematically deceiving a community of cycling supporters and fans. (I am one of them.) I am an avid cyclist.  I cycle …

Connecting Through Conversations

Posted on 01/17/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringBad drivers. Never listen. Take forever in the bathroom. Always look for a handout. Constantly complain. Based upon the list above, which age bracket do they best describe? This list of stereotypes was used to break the ice with a group of eight seniors (age seventy or older) and eight high school students (age eighteen or younger), where they were asked to raise their hands if they thought the statement referred to the other generation. After every item was read, …

AARP Experience Corps Seeks Volunteers in Chicago: Help Kids Learn to Read!

Posted on 01/14/2013 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringExperience Corps is hosting a series of community conversations in Chicago with AARP members and the general 50+ public from Jan. 18 through Feb. 16.  The conversations, which are scheduled for about 1-1/2 hours, will serve to provide those interested with more information on AARP Experience Corps and the work we do with local schools, as well as an opportunity to learn more about volunteer opportunities to work with children in grades K-3 during the 2013-2014 school year. Why volunteer for AARP Experience Corps? Just ask …