Journeys From Prison to Productivity

For me, beautiful fall Saturday mornings are meant for open air markets, bike rides and hikes. For Abed Commey, 55, they mean teaching computer skills to female ex-offenders at Friends of Guest House. FOGH is a nonprofit that helps women transition from incarceration back into the community by giving them temporary housing, vocational training, counseling and long-term support. >> Find Volunteer Opportunities at Create the Good This particular Saturday, I decide to see things Commey’s way. We join an eclectic …

Celebrating All Volunteers

AARP is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week, an annual opportunity to step back and recognize the hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and passions to improving every corner of this great nation. While it’s easy to get caught up in statistics – more than 60 million volunteers, more than 7 billion hours of service – it’s the “good” behind those numbers that is truly awesome. At AARP, we couldn’t achieve our mission to improve aging in America without …

Helping Chronically Ill People Made Simple

Simple is better, many people say. Sarah LaFave certainly took a simple idea and transformed it into something that makes life better for lots of folks. She connects energetic college students with people who are chronically ill and need help with everyday chores. Discussion: Where do you go to get some extra help? Genius, huh? LaFave launched her program, Lori’s Hands, while a nursing student at the University of Delaware in Newark in 2009. “There’s no trick to it, nothing complicated about …

Surviving Sandy: ‘I Raised My Hand’

This is the last in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy and the people who responded to help them.   Day after day, Bob Tulipan led teams of relief volunteers to the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. One day the Rockaways; Staten Island the next. There was a mission dubbed “Operation Muck-Out” because scores of willing hands banded together to clean the residue and mold from homes that were …

Volunteering: This is Serious Happy Business

It’s Friday Everybody! Jenn here from the Illinois communications team blogging this week on some of our awe-inspiring volunteers.  Let’s admit it – the news these days is downright depressing. In fact, I can’t even watch the Chicago news at all or I’ll have nightmares. That’s why it was so great to spend two days last week at the annual AARP Volunteer Leadership Summit or (VLS) with some of our most inspiring, intriguing and intelligent volunteers. We had our advocacy vols, …