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Volunteers Don’t Drive #TinyCars, They Don’t Deserve a Tiny Tax Rate.

Posted on 01/30/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOur friends at VolunteerSpot have a brand new campaign everyone should hitch a ride to, #TinyCars!  Honor volunteers this tax season (and show them some love this February) by spreading the word that volunteers don’t deserve a tiny 14 cent tax rate. A little background, Congress set the current 14 cent charitable mileage rate in 1997 when gas cost just $1.30/gallon; unfortunately, it has remained the same since then, while in contrast, the 2011 business rate was set at 55.5 cents for the …

Be a Force for Good on King Day of Service

Posted on 01/12/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringAstute readers of this blog will recall that, in a recent post, I chided readers to view volunteering as a year-round pursuit, not just something to be done on certain special days of the year. While I am sticking to that stance, a certain special day is upon us so I must chide you to volunteer now, even if only for one day. That day is Monday, Jan. 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

What can you do for your country?

Posted on 12/22/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringIn the endless spatter of political news and propaganda it is easy to miss important decisions that our leaders might be making. One is a potential cut in social programs to help pay for tax relief. If it’s not already clear how I feel about this, here’s the summary:

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

Posted on 12/20/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeDo 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, …

Business Volunteers for the Arts: It’s a Win-Win Situation

Posted on 12/8/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Heather Taylor. Taylor is a freelance writer, consultant and radio producer.  Since January 2011, she’s also happily served as a job coach in the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Program,  helping adults aged 50+ who are unemployed to find satisfying work. You can follow her on twitter at @findingthejobs.  Rosemary Reed knows alot about how to succeed as a small business owner.  The proof?  Next year, her DC-based video and television production company, Double R Productions, LLC, …

A Volunteer Memory to Last All Year

Posted on 11/23/2011 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringYou are, no doubt, expecting to spend the next three minutes reading about how you should, in this season of thanks and giving, find time to volunteer to help those less fortunate. And, yes, that is one of my themes today. But I also want to suggest something today that – I hope – will help you be a more empathetic and consistent volunteer throughout the year.