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Serving others makes you Rich

Posted on 12/19/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringRecently, I was travelling across the upper plains, when I woke up to the thermometer reading negative 26 degrees. I hadn’t experienced these kinds of temperatures since I lived in Minnesota as a child. Yet, somehow, I forgot that the cold can really sting. I forgot that the weather can change drastically in an instant. I forgot that you don’t sit next to a drafty door in a coffee shop. I simply forgot that Jack Frost is still a formidable …

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.  …

Chief Volunteer: Giving Back, Making a Difference

Posted on 05/29/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringDuring my two-year post as AARP’s President, I’ll be reporting here regularly on what I’m hearing and learning from the most interesting people in the world – AARP’s members and volunteers all over the country – and from the events and activities I have the privilege of addressing in my new position as chief volunteer spokesperson. “If it weren’t for Medicare, we’d be bankrupt, or I’d be dead.” I heard this powerful testimonial from a woman at a Tulsa senior …

10 Weeks of Service: The Life of a Tax-Aide Volunteer

Posted on 04/3/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jenkins is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas. HELP WANTED:  Looking for someone to prepare individual state and federal tax returns. At least one week of training–and homework — required, along with passing three progressively difficult IRS test levels plus an IRS ethics test and any state-required exams. Must be flexible yet willing to work up to 40+ hours a …

103 Years old and still at it! Thank you!

Posted on 03/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringOn the occasion of her 103rd birthday, we would like to congratulate Mary Alice Groppe on her years of service to her community and older Americans. Mrs. Groppe helped to found the Wheeling, WV chapter of AARP and is still an active letter writer on issues concerning older Americans. A single voice that has chosen to never be quiet. In a letter to Mrs. Groppe, AARP CEO A. Barry Rand said “Your dedicated and tireless attention to and advocacy on issues important to older …

Drum Majors Award for Service: “Honoring Women of Service Across the Generations”

Posted on 02/29/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringDeborah Stiller is the AARP Experience Corps District of Columbia Branch Director. She has been responsible for the re-launch of Experience Corps in Washington, DC. Before coming to D.C., Ms. Stiller served as the Associate Director for the Experience Corps program in Baltimore City.   At AARP Experience Corps, we’re proud of our volunteers.  So we really like it when they get the extra recognition they deserve for their service. AARP Experience Corps’ very own Harriet Saylor was just honored by …