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AARP Founder Honored for Vision and Sacrifice

Posted on 10/12/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post A. Barry Rand. Mr. Rand is the CEO of AARP.  Often the rights, benefits and representation we take for granted today can be traced to one person’s vision, wisdom and courage. In the case of AARP, an organization dedicated to advancing the interests and safeguarding the benefits of older Americans, that person is Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Today, Dr. Andrus is among a highly select number of visionaries being honored by the Extra Mile – …

Inspired to Do Good: AARP Volunteer Wins National Award

Posted on 04/28/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWe are always warmed by volunteer stories, and this week we are doubly (triply?) inspired by a story that grew from AARP and garnered national recognition. Marlene Ellis, of Arlington, Va., saw a notice in AARP The Magazine that reminded readers that anyone could start a food drive. As Ellis says, “We never know where life will take us, or if one day we’ll be the hungry ones. Inspired by what I read, I contacted my local food bank and …