The Speed of Inspiration

Sometimes inspiration travels fast. As in 150-mph fast. Pull up a bucket seat and a roll cage and I’ll explain. Last winter, Doug Brown, the principal of W.T. Chipman Middle School in Dover, Del., was watching the Daytona 500 NASCAR race when he noticed that driver Jeff Gordon’s car was emblazoned with a logo for AARP’s Drive to End Hunger campaign. 

AARP Foundation: Making Good Things Happen

This is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jo Ann is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas. I’m declaring a moratorium on bad economic news. We read the papers, we watch TV, we tweet. We know the data is dark and dreary. In fact, every day we see the results of the economy in the faces of the people we help. Today, though, I’m celebrating some good …

NASCAR, NFL and 9/11: Memories and Mixed Emotions

To paraphrase a Rolling Stones song, am I the only one with mixed emotions? I was happy about a beautiful fall weekend. Thrilled to be in Richmond covering NASCAR’s last race before ‘the Chase’ for our Drive to End Hunger effort. Excited for NFL kickoff weekend (go Redskins!). And extremely sad about what happened 10 years ago. Anyone who experienced it firsthand knows what I mean. Images can bring the sounds, sights and smells from that day rushing back all …

End Hunger: Drive, Collect, Honk or Just Show Up

NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon drives. AARP state offices organize food collections. People donate food and money. Two Indiana teenagers raised $1,600 with a Hunger Honk-a-Thon…… It’s almost a “man bites dog” story: two 13-year-old girls trade summer leisure for unpaid work-fundraising for Drive to End Hunger, an initiative by AARP and AARP Foundation to help to raise awareness of the issue of senior hunger. Why choose this issue focused on the 50+ population? “We’re going to be in that population someday, …

A Superstar Sets an Example

It is cliché – and wrong – to say that all superstars are egomaniacal greed machines. Many make time to give back to their communities and some, like racecar driver Jeff Gordon, go many steps beyond that. Gordon, who is sponsored by AARP and the AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger, recently visited the Congo as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. His mission: to see first-hand the children’s health issues in one of the world’s most impoverished regions so …

I’m Sorry … Let’s Race

Dear Mom & Dad: As your youngest child, you know that I’m not used to apologizing. I think it’s in the genes of each baby of the family. But I digress …