Celebrating All Volunteers

AARP is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week, an annual opportunity to step back and recognize the hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and passions to improving every corner of this great nation. While it’s easy to get caught up in statistics – more than 60 million volunteers, more than 7 billion hours of service – it’s the “good” behind those numbers that is truly awesome. At AARP, we couldn’t achieve our mission to improve aging in America without …

AARP Recognizes Power of Volunteerism During National Volunteer Week

This is a guest post by Nancy LeaMond. Nancy, the Executive Vice President of AARP’s State and National Group, leads government affairs, public education and integrated legislative and educational campaigns and volunteerism and service for AARP’s social change agenda.  Nancy also has responsibility for AARP’s state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.   With National Volunteer Week upon us, it’s a great time to recognize the significant …

Creative Ways to Thank Those Who Serve – National Volunteer Week

This year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 21-27 – and according to the HandsOn Network, the week “is about inspiring, recognizing, and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.” NVW often translates into neighborhood work projects, usually involving a combination of paint brushes, garbage bags and brightly colored themed T-shirts. It’s a great time to get things done that may have piled up over the winter – and when everyone gets together to …

Fulfill Your Potential by Volunteering

Here’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 …

Volunteers: Thank You for All You Do

April 15-21 marks National Volunteer Week-a week to recognize the extraordinary achievements of volunteers in their efforts to improve the lives of others through service. At AARP Driver Safety, we rely on a network of nearly 6,500 volunteers to instruct, promote, and coordinate our classroom course, CarFit, and “We Need to Talk” in local communities nationwide. In 2011, our volunteers helped over 550,000 drivers stay safe, educated, and confident. During National Volunteer Week last year, we recognized several exceptional Driver Safety volunteers, …

A Must-Read Memo for Volunteers

To: All volunteers, everywhere From: The bottom of our hearts Subj: Thank you!! Helping people. Helping animals. Helping the environment. Helping make the world a better place. And helping for free because a cause demands it. That’s what volunteers do, all over the world, every day. April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, and AARP wants to say ‘thank you!’ to each and every volunteer. We see you volunteering in shelters, schools,