Volunteering: Going Far Together

September 11 was AARP’s annual Day of Service where all employees can volunteer their time and talents to a charity of their choice. Along with 10 other AARP employees, I volunteered at Martha’s Table, a 33-year-old Washington, DC charity that, among other projects, feeds 1,100 people daily, many of them homeless. They also run a preschool and after school program for children from low income families.  As the Food Prep Volunteers, we chopped our way through what seemed like bottomless …

Remembering 9/11 With Acts of Service

As we remember Sept. 11, 2001, stories of good deeds that sprouted from that tragedy abound. One of them is how the tiny Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, and neighboring communities came to the aid of passengers aboard 38 planes that were hurriedly diverted to the North Atlantic fueling stop. Grateful passengers and crew members on one Delta flight – who received food, shelter and whatever they needed for their unexpected stay – decided to pay forward the kindness by …

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 …

Be a Force for Good on King Day of Service

Astute readers of this blog will recall that, in a recent post, I chided readers to view volunteering as a year-round pursuit, not just something to be done on certain special days of the year. While I am sticking to that stance, a certain special day is upon us so I must chide you to volunteer now, even if only for one day. That day is Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.