Horse Sense Volunteering

Fran 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 …

Job Hunting 2.0

Hello again from Allie the intern! My dad is on the job hunt. I know what you’re thinking: so what? In this economy, he joins many millions on this ever-changing quest (including his daughter). But he’s in a particularly tricky situation. An accident in September of 2009 left my dad with a crushed left hand. After six surgeries (and probably more in the future) with the best hand surgeon in Chicago, his hand lost the ring finger and has extremely limited …

Connecting Through Conversations

Bad 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!

Experience 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 …

Serving others makes you Rich

Recently, I was travelling across the upper plains, when I woke up to the thermometer reading negative 26 degrees. I hadn’t experienced these kinds of temperatures since I lived in Minnesota as a child. Yet, somehow, I forgot that the cold can really sting. I forgot that the weather can change drastically in an instant. I forgot that you don’t sit next to a drafty door in a coffee shop. I simply forgot that Jack Frost is still a formidable …

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.  …