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AARP Volunteers Giving Americans Their “Say”

Posted on 11/7/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Margot Seay. Margot is AARP’s first National Volunteer Director.  AARP launched You’ve Earned a Say (YEaS) this spring to take the conversation about Medicare and Social Security out from behind closed doors in Washington and bring it into states and communities across the country. The effort has been huge, and the response … overwhelming!  We have held more than 3,200 You’ve Earned a Say events nationwide, generated more than 1,500 media stories, engaged more than 3.6 …

Using Social Media to Support Sandy Victims

Posted on 11/5/2012 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

Technology | VolunteeringHurricane Sandy roared into the East Coast during my first week as the AARP’s new social media trainer. I noticed how many people were sharing incorrect information on social media and wrote a post explaining ways you can check the information you share with friends. In the aftermath of the storm and the growing crisis to provide assistance to thousands of people in 12 different states, I wanted to reach out and help. Luckily I’m friends with a leader at …

4 Ways To Give Thanks By Giving Back

Posted on 11/1/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s tradition for many families to sit around the Thanksgiving table to pause – momentarily – while each person says something they are thankful for. Most of the time, the items shared are the same from year to year: “I’m thankful for a loving family”…or…”a good job”…or…”a roof over my head”…or…”plenty of  food to eat,” and while saying what we are thankful is a nice holiday practice, would you allow me to make a tiny suggestion? Try showing your thankfulness. …

Do Good. Feel Better.

Posted on 10/26/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Margot Seay. Margot is AARP’s first National Volunteer Director.  All across the country, committed volunteers are hard at work, making a real and positive difference in their communities and reaping significant rewards along the way. When we ask “what’s in it for you?,” we get lots of answers — the sense of pride and accomplishment in helping others, a deeper connection to the community, the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships, the satisfaction of learning valuable …

Volunteering: This is Serious Happy Business

Posted on 10/19/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s Friday Everybody! Jenn here from the Illinois communications team blogging this week on some of our awe-inspiring volunteers.  Let’s admit it — the news these days is downright depressing. In fact, I can’t even watch the Chicago news at all or I’ll have nightmares. That’s why it was so great to spend two days last week at the annual AARP Volunteer Leadership Summit or (VLS) with some of our most inspiring, intriguing and intelligent volunteers. We had our advocacy vols, …

Ready…Set…Volunteer! Veteran Runner Shares Event Secrets

Posted on 10/18/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringEvery week in America, thousands of people line up to compete in one of the hundreds of running races that happen across the country. One such event happens in the southwest corner of Minnesota, in the town of Worthington, called the Turkey Day 10K. Set around one of the state’s scenic 10,000 lakes, Lake Okabena has been the backdrop of this race for over 30 years. The TD10K got its start back in 1980 when Jerry Fiola, a Worthington native, and …