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Chief Volunteer: Giving Back, Making a Difference

Posted on 05/29/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringDuring my two-year post as AARP’s President, I’ll be reporting here regularly on what I’m hearing and learning from the most interesting people in the world – AARP’s members and volunteers all over the country – and from the events and activities I have the privilege of addressing in my new position as chief volunteer spokesperson. “If it weren’t for Medicare, we’d be bankrupt, or I’d be dead.” I heard this powerful testimonial from a woman at a Tulsa senior …

The Importance of Being Unselfish

Posted on 08/23/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeAs SJ started his senior year this past week, Michael had his first preseason game, and Collins had us all doing ten different things in four different directions, I was thinking about the events of the summer. Some made me laugh; many made me realize there is work to be done in several areas and so on and so forth. One that made me laugh out loud was the day I received a call from a friend of mine who lives in …

5 Ways Volunteering Can Help You Decide Who To Give Money To

Posted on 08/3/2011 by | Giving & Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis 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 at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. We get asked all the time to help support all kinds of organizations.  From the canvasser on the street asking you to donate to Planned Parenthood …

Making Food A Mission

Posted on 04/19/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringAre you a foodie? Do you know a foodie? This is a word, thanks to two of my colleagues, Tammy and Alejandra that I’m learning more about. They like to try new restaurants, unique recipes and shop for fresh food at their local farmers’ markets. I’m intrigued and inspired by their blog posts, photos and their love of food, because, well, I enjoy eating it – although I am starting to branch out and try new restaurants. So while searching for …

AARP Provides Relief To Seniors In Japan

Posted on 03/24/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOf the millions affected by the earthquake and tsunami, that hit Japan nearly two weeks ago, its seniors were the worst hit. A large number of seniors live in the region where the earthquake and tsunami struck hardest. Many older people had homes in the towns most affected, and now are left with nothing besides what they were able to narrowly escape carrying. Japanese officials are providing emergency resources and support to those affected by the disaster. But for Japan’s seniors, …