103 Years old and still at it! Thank you!

On 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”

Deborah 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 …

Too Old to Answer JFK’s Call? Nonsense!

Just before 2:00am on a chilly October night thousands of students at the University of Michigan became part of history as the 43-year-old presidential candidate stood on the steps of the Michigan Union and asked if they would embark on a journey that would take them potentially half way around the world to give assistance to underdeveloped nations and their people. John F. Kennedy was of course introducing his new international service organization that would later become the Peace Corps. …

Holiday Tip: Think Outside the Shirt Box and Give the Gift of Service

Do you remember when you were a child and the Sears catalog would arrive right before the holidays and you, or at least I would, go through and circle everything you wanted for Christmas? It had all the presents you could want in one place. I can hear my father right now saying, “Did you leave anything for anyone else?” I would always have a split second of guilt, but it quickly passed. The holidays can be like a juggling act, …

Senior Volunteers: Serving Their Communities and Their Country

This is a guest post by Erwin Tan, M.D. Mr. Tan is the Director of Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that engages 450,000 older Americans in service to meet community needs. Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy inspired a generation by asking Americans what they could do for their country. Today, as many in the baby boomer generation approach retirement age, they are still serving their country, enriching their own lives in the …

Changing Trends in Volunteering in America

This is a guest blog post from Reed Sandridge.  Sandridge lost his job in 2009 and did the unthinkable – he started giving away $10 a day to complete strangers!  He captured the story of every recipient at www.yearofgiving.org.  A frequent writer and speaker on volunteering and micro-philanthropy, Sandridge lives in our nation’s capital. On Monday the federal Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) released data on the volunteer landscape of the United States based on research collected over …