volunteerism

The Past is Now: Preserving Memories and Honoring Veterans

Posted on 11/10/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringWhat if future history lessons included stories of everyday people? Not everyday people who became president, or painted masterpieces or dominated a sport, but regular folks who left behind stories – and memories – that fade all too soon with the passing of each successive generation. A year-old company, called 1000memories, has devised a way to capture the old photographs and stories of our loved ones for present and future generations. It was founded in 2010 as a place for …

The Speed of Inspiration

Posted on 10/13/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringSometimes inspiration travels fast. As in 150-mph fast. Pull up a bucket seat and a roll cage and I’ll explain. Last winter, Doug Brown, the principal of W.T. Chipman Middle School in Dover, Del., was watching the Daytona 500 NASCAR race when he noticed that driver Jeff Gordon’s car was emblazoned with a logo for AARP’s Drive to End Hunger campaign. 

AARP and Experience Corps: A Natural Fit to Mentor Kids

Posted on 10/6/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringNo generation lives in a vacuum. In fact, the more each generation interacts with others of all ages, the more we all can grow to better understand one another and – importantly – share our knowledge, perspective and compassion to help others. That’s why AARP has joined forces with Experience Corps, an organization through which retired adults volunteer to mentor children in classrooms. The new joint program – AARP Experience Corps – will continue Experience Corps’ excellent track record of …

Poverty, Hispanics and You

Posted on 09/29/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringToday’s news gets right to heart of an uncomfortable topic: Hispanic children, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, are now the largest group of children in poverty in the U.S. – not by percentage, but by pure numbers. Some 6.1 million Hispanic children are in poverty, compared to 5 million white children and 4.4 million black children. Hispanics, according to the Washington Post, have been hit harder by the recession than any other group. What’s uncomfortable about this – aside …

Fly and Do Good: Volunteer Challenge Week 3

Posted on 09/22/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringA few years ago a friend of mine went to Guatemala on a volunteer mission with the Peace Corps. She sent regular updates (when she could get email access), introducing us to the village children, the friends she made, the Biblical rains, lack of plumbing and arresting views she had from her humble block-and-tin home. She reported that she loved every minute of it and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. That’s a common refrain among Peace Corps workers – …

This Week’s Challenge: Volunteering for Kids

Posted on 09/15/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringIt wasn’t until I had a kid of my own (three years ago) that I realized the depth of truth underlying the clichés about all that children mean to our world. Once I witnessed in my own household the potential, purity and vulnerability of a young life, I knew I wanted not only to nurture my son but also to help children who might not have the love, support or stability they deserve. And so I sought out volunteer opportunities …