Creative Ways to Thank Those Who Serve – National Volunteer Week

This year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 21-27 – and according to the HandsOn Network, the week “is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.” NVW often translates into neighborhood work projects, usually involving a combination of paint brushes, garbage bags and brightly colored themed T-shirts. It’s a great time to get things done that may have piled up over the winter – and when everyone gets together to …

The Queen of Toilet Paper

This is a guest post by Margot Seay. Margot is AARP’s first National Volunteer Director.  Sarita McCaw of Walla Walla, Wash., can sum up her service passion in two words – “toilet paper.”  And her efforts around this humble commodity are making a real difference both for struggling families in her community and the organizations dedicated to their support. Why toilet paper, you ask?  Despite being a core necessity, toilet paper, or “TP,” is not eligible for purchase with food stamps.  …

4 Areas Where Latinos Can Step Up their Community Service

Family means the world to Latinos. Many of us dedicate our lives to care and provide for our loved ones. But we also realize that our responsibilities do not end there. As conscientious members of society, we care about providing aid to our “extended families,” such as our neighbors, fellow churchgoers and friends. At AARP we believe there’s nothing better than going the extra mile for those in need – because compartir es vivir (sharing equals living). Learn about four …

AARP Seeks 2011 State Andrus Awards for Community Service Nominations

Annual Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community We’re pretty passionate about service here at AARP. In fact, Create The Good is all about volunteering and making a difference in the lives of others. This month, we began our search for the ultimate do-gooder in each state with the 2011 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service. The award honors those individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community …

How ’bout a senior prom – for senior citizens?

This week is full of great stories. It’s a toss up for me on whether I like this one better than the man who rode the roller coaster 90 times in one day… Have you folks heard about the Pepsi Refresh Project? It’s an initiative that Pepsi started to help “refresh” communities across America. The MLB got involved and all of the teams are submitting ideas to win a $200,000 grant to fund their project. It’s a pretty cool idea …

The Good Starts with You

Looking for something to do this weekend? Want a break from the weekend errands and chores? Why not spend some time giving back to your community? According to a recent report, “older people who volunteer enjoy longer lives, higher functional ability, and lower rates of depression and heart disease.” You can read more about that story HERE Maybe this new video from Create The Good will inspire you: You can view and post opportunities at Create The Good or check …