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Join the Drive to End Hunger in the Charlotte 1 Million and Make a Difference

Posted on 04/17/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThe idea ignited during a meal packaging event at AARP’s headquarters last fall. As 25 employees lined up in the cafeteria to package 900 meals in an hour, everyone began to imagine something greater.  “It felt really good to know I was helping to make a difference,” said Allison Beatty, an Executive Secretary at AARP. Beatty, who along with her colleagues packaged Macaroni & Cheese, said it was a significant feat. “It was very hands on and quite remarkable.” The …

Auction of 2013 Corvette Collector Edition to Benefit Drive to End Hunger

Posted on 01/19/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeUPDATED:   The first Corvette 427 Convertible offered to the public went to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction, on Sat., Jan. 21 for $600,000. An additional $100,000 was donated to AARP Foundation by another bidder for an extraordinary grand total of $700,000. “AARP Foundation is appreciative of the generosity of Rick Hendrick and Hendrick Motorsports’ donation of the special edition Corvette 427 for the auction. The $700,000 raised will go directly to support efforts to combat …

The Speed of Inspiration

Posted on 10/13/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringSometimes 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

Posted on 10/10/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis 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

Posted on 09/12/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeTo 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

Posted on 08/26/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringNASCAR’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, …