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, …

A Gift to the Nation – Tables, Chairs, a Priceless Legacy of Art

Linda Kaufman, and her late husband George Kaufman grew up in Norfolk, Va. So did their parents. The Kaufmans developed a passion for collecting early American furniture of the 18th and early 19th centuries, much of which she has promised to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Kaufman modestly calls her collection  “some tables and chairs” but the National Gallery of Art, which will house and display them, brags that the pieces comprise “one of the largest …

Former NFL Players Give the Gift of Fitness and Fun

Of all the things that we get to do as former players in giving back to the community, in my opinion, the most fun is  giving time to the local community children. Last weekend, the NFLPA former players, as part of the NFLPA One Team One Community initiative, visited Monroe Elementary School in Oak Brook Illinois  for a day of fitness, fun, and football. The mission of the One Team One Community initiative is to improve the quality of life …

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.

Getting Inspired to Change the World at Hogwarts

The following is a guest post from Kim Sedmak, Executive Producer of AARP’s “Your Life Calling” with Jane Pauley: I had the wonderful opportunity to be present at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship March 28-30, 2012. Three days of being embraced, inspired and empowered by 900 delegates from 66 countries at the Oxford University’s Said Business School. I was invited as a member of the media with the intention of trying to locate innovative examples of people 50+ …