Aeroponic Gardens for Good!

Happy Friday! Jenn here to tell you about one of our latest community projects that has just come to fruition (literally, haha) – the Aeoroponic roof garden for good! On Wednesday, July 18, The Salvation Army Crossgenerations Corps Community Center celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Aeroponic Tower Garden.  Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. AARP and The Salvation Army partnered on the effort to promote healthy food options to local seniors in the Blue Island …

Supporting Service at Home, Abroad, and at Any Age

This post was recently featured in the VolunteerSpot #SummerofService blog campaign. When Donna Berry, 60, stumbled upon Blackmon Road several years ago, she was stunned. She found a neighborhood teeming with children that had no running water, electricity or sewage. Outsiders had taken to calling it “Trash Pile Road.” Donna was astonished that minutes outside of her own neighborhood in North Carolina people were living in such dire conditions. She immediately took it upon herself to make a difference. Eleven …

33 Tons of Paper – Shredded!

This is a guest post by Becky Squires, staff writer for AARP Foundation Consumers gathered in four places around Colorado — Denver, Black Forest/Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins and Pueblo – at special “Fight Fraud – Shred Instead” paper-shedding events organized by AARP Foundation Colorado, June 9. “Not only do old documents contain information that identity thieves can use, but shredding all this paper is good for the environment, too,” said Amy Nofziger, AARP Foundation manager.  Loaded with boxes of out-of-date …

Contributions of Older Volunteers Honored this Week

Senior Corps Week - May 7 through 11 – celebrates the work of older adults throughout the country who volunteer their time through Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Senior Corps and Americorps are both Corporation for National and Community Service programs; and both tap the time and talents of older adults to serve their communities in a variety of ways.  Whether its serving seniors, veterans or school age children, older volunteers give extraordinary amounts …

It’s Friday! Dance with Somebody!

Happy Friday blog readers! Jenn here from the communications team reporting on what some of our volunteers are up to this week in Illinois… How does that saying go? Dance like nobody’s watching? Looks like that’s what these folks are doing in this video shot by our staffer Carmena Millan earlier this week. Tell me you don’t love it! The Pine Tree Senior Group (the ones in the red shirts) from the Chinese American Service League have committed to doing …

The Takeaway: Boomer Volunteers Needed

As more boomers transition from full-time employment to “retirement”””whatever that may mean these days””charities see an opportunity to capitalize on some of their newfound free time.