volunteerism

Obama Praises Bush, Sr. for Inspiring American Volunteerism

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsBy Darlene Superville of The Associated Press President Barack Obama welcomed President George H.W. Bush to the White House on Monday in a salute to public service and to the drive for volunteerism that the 41st president inspired with his “thousand points of light” initiative more than two decades ago.     “We are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you,” Obama told the elder Bush, who sat in a room filled with his friends and former aides. …

Former NFL Players Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Posted on 11/17/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThere was enough warning, you could watch the weather channel and the local news to watch the path of Hurricane Sandy. Everyone knew she was coming. Experts were predicting the worst-case scenarios. But in the aftermath, the truth of what Hurricane Sandy left behind in the burned-out homes in Breezy Point, Queens, to the flooded buildings and subways in New York City. The reality of the devastation was widespread and heartbreaking. In the words of President Obama “This is going to …

On Community

Posted on 11/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeLike many who live in the Northeast, I lost power during Hurricane Sandy. For a week. I’m luckier than some, as I have a generator to at least keep my heat going. But on Tuesday, day two without electricity, my generator died at 6:30am. Within minutes I could feel the house temperature dropping. I don’t panic, I thought, it just meant it needed to be fed oil, right? But OMG the oil was in the garage and with no power …

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 …

On A Rainy Day In Steeler Country Volunteers Were Asked “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”

Posted on 09/21/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOn a rainy day in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania NFLPA former players, AFL-CIO members, community activists, and community organizers got together for an event called My Vote My Right, to educate the public on the new voter ID laws instituted in Pennsylvania. There have been many studies on the effects of the new legislation on people’s ability to vote. According to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, “Studies show that as many as 11 percent of eligible voters do not …