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Celebrate Volunteers Through International Volunteer Day

Posted on 12/5/2012 by |Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringSince 1985, on Dec. 5 each year, AARP has proudly taken part in the celebration of the United Nations International Volunteer Day. Our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,  set one tenet in stone at AARP, and that is our motto: “To serve, not to be served.” She believed older Americans had much to contribute — in ability, in experience, and in desire to advance the public good — and likewise, that society had much to gain from its older citizens. It’s …

The Queen of Toilet Paper

Posted on 11/27/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Margot Seay. Margot is AARP’s first National Volunteer Director.  Sarita McCaw of Walla Walla, Wash., can sum up her service passion in two words — “toilet paper.”  And her efforts around this humble commodity are making a real difference both for struggling families in her community and the organizations dedicated to their support. Why toilet paper, you ask?  Despite being a core necessity, toilet paper, or “TP,” is not eligible for purchase with food stamps.  …

Former NFL Players Give the Gift of Fitness and Fun

Posted on 09/13/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOf 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 …

Fulfill Your Potential by Volunteering

Posted on 04/24/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeHere’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 …

Spring Cleaning Tips for the House, and the Soul

Posted on 04/10/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeOne of my kids, I won’t mention which one, recently saw a news report that stated there have been new studies revealing that household cleaning supplies have a greater possibility of a carcinogenic effect on individuals than originally thought! This news flash instilled immediate fear in this child and “SHE” said I’ve got to call the other two siblings; we’re going to die! She knows I use this time of year to engage everyone in a ritual we have all …

Taking Tips from March Madness: Be a Bracket Buster

Posted on 03/27/2012 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIf you get caught up in all this March Madness then you have to be just as stunned as the rest of the world that Lehigh beat Duke. According to ESPN there were over 6 million brackets filled out this year and not a single one picked some of these upsets. You have all these statisticians and prognosticators who just babble nonstop about who is going to win, and who is the best player and the best coach, and they think …