Horse Sense Volunteering

Fran Burns of Baltimore County, Maryland, grew up on a horse farm, riding and showing horses. She recalls that the only time in her life when she wasn’t around horses was during college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied broadcast journalism. After many years of working in the world of radio, and later, dental sales, Fran retired in 2006 to her horse farm in northern Maryland where she started volunteering with organizations that were …

Serving others makes you Rich

Recently, 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 …

Gifting Made Easy

Are you starting to feel the anticipation and anxiety of the Holidays? Well are you? No matter how much you plan, prepare, prod the spouse or pout the holiday season still makes most of our blood pressure rise sometimes between December first and the twenty fifth!  I have heard of every remedy imaginable to prevent this roller coaster of emotions, but honestly none of them work. However, now after living over a half of a century, I might just have the …

The Queen of Toilet Paper

This 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.  …

A Modern Family: Bringing Generations Together for Dinner

In the three years I’ve known Arthur, we’ve never once sat at his dinner table – until last Thursday. We’ve eaten together plenty, don’t you worry. Food is very much a part of our visits. On my walks from work to his apartment, I usually pick up something for us to share – Vietnamese summer rolls, maybe, or cheese and a baguette. If the weather permits, we go to the farmer’s market nearby or to the food trucks lined up …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Needs Volunteers

The following is a guest post by Jim Young. Want a rewarding volunteer experience in 2013? If you’re good with numbers, people or computers – or better yet, all three – AARP Foundation has opportunities right up your alley. During the 2012 tax season, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide’s 35,000 volunteers served 2.6 million taxpayers across the country. Most of the volunteers prepare federal tax returns. These folks come from every imaginable background. Some have accounting and financial experience, but that’s not …