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.  …

4 Ways To Give Thanks By Giving Back

It’s tradition for many families to sit around the Thanksgiving table to pause – momentarily – while each person says something they are thankful for. Most of the time, the items shared are the same from year to year: “I’m thankful for a loving family”…or…”a good job”…or…”a roof over my head”…or…”plenty of  food to eat,” and while saying what we are thankful is a nice holiday practice, would you allow me to make a tiny suggestion? Try showing your thankfulness. …

Do Good. Feel Better.

This is a guest post by Margot Seay. Margot is AARP’s first National Volunteer Director.  All across the country, committed volunteers are hard at work, making a real and positive difference in their communities and reaping significant rewards along the way. When we ask “what’s in it for you?,” we get lots of answers — the sense of pride and accomplishment in helping others, a deeper connection to the community, the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships, the satisfaction of learning valuable …

AARP Illinois Out in Force for Day of Service

From Chicago and its suburbs, to Rockford in the north and Springfield downstate, AARP staff and volunteers were out in force on Day of Service working to make a difference for seniors, veterans and low-income families. Fighting hunger, helping seniors and volunteers, and keeping the memory of 9/11 alive were the main focus points as AARP staffers and dozens of volunteers spread across Illinois to engage in Day of Service projects in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs, Rockford and state capital …

Brushing with Kindness in New Orleans’ Hollygrove Neighborhood

“Welcome back to the Hollygrove neighborhood, ” a Habitat for Humanity staffer said as she greeted a second wave of AARP members arriving ready to paint houses here this afternoon. “AARP has a lot of history helping out in this neighborhood, and we’re glad to see you again.” It’s true. After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, we realized we had a lot of members – more than 1,000 – living in this working class neighborhood of New Orleans. We asked …