The View From 14 Inches

Earlier this month I began my Experience Corps work with Washington, D.C. elementary school kids to build their reading skills.  It has been both exhilarating and exhausting.  And although I’m having a tremendous amount of fun, I am already developing calluses on my back side getting used to sitting in a chair that’s only 14 inches off the ground! H. L. Mencken once famously said, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”  My Experience Corps corollary …

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 …

Fulfill Your Potential by Volunteering

Here’s a loaded question for you. How many of you knew last week was National Volunteer Week?  Hmmmm …how many people said, “Well, I knew it was in April” or “I have heard of it before” or as I would imagine the vast majority had absolutely no clue. I was going to inform you last week and give you lists of fabulous ideas and pages of great projects that you could engage in, but then I thought, “No, let’s see what …

Drum Majors Award for Service: “Honoring Women of Service Across the Generations”

Deborah Stiller is the AARP Experience Corps District of Columbia Branch Director. She has been responsible for the re-launch of Experience Corps in Washington, DC. Before coming to D.C., Ms. Stiller served as the Associate Director for the Experience Corps program in Baltimore City.   At AARP Experience Corps, we’re proud of our volunteers.  So we really like it when they get the extra recognition they deserve for their service. AARP Experience Corps’ very own Harriet Saylor was just honored by …

AARP Stepping Up Commitment to Volunteerism

This is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient atwww.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. Late last month, it was announced that AARP and Experience Corps were “joining forces,” which has the potential to create a seismic impact on several segments of …