When Disaster Strikes, AARP Answers the Call

When Superstorm Sandy roared in, more than 6 million AARP members, their families and neighbors were among those whose lives she affected most severely. Since our founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, first envisioned the 50+ population as an “army of useful citizens” more than a half century ago, disasters like Sandy have been a call to help and service that our members never hesitate to heed. They responded with an extraordinary outpouring of volunteer support and financial contributions for the people …

Using Social Media to Support Sandy Victims

Hurricane Sandy roared into the East Coast during my first week as the AARP’s new social media trainer. I noticed how many people were sharing incorrect information on social media and wrote a post explaining ways you can check the information you share with friends. In the aftermath of the storm and the growing crisis to provide assistance to thousands of people in 12 different states, I wanted to reach out and help. Luckily I’m friends with a leader at …

A World without Volunteers

 This is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. What would happen if all volunteers ceased to give of their time starting tomorrow? I was thinking about this question this morning and it is a …