Volunteers Washed Away in Severe Weather

Here in Washington, D.C. most people have stocked their cabinets with water, batteries and non-perishable foods and settled into their cozy homes to weather the severe rain and wind that Hurricane Sandy is unleashing. But what about those who don’t have a roof over their head? The reality is that their situation becomes very fragile during these times because many of the services the homeless rely on operate only with the generous help of volunteers. And with the severe weather …

AARP Illinois Out in Force for Day of Service

From Chicago and its suburbs, to Rockford in the north and Springfield downstate, AARP staff and volunteers were out in force on Day of Service working to make a difference for seniors, veterans and low-income families. Fighting hunger, helping seniors and volunteers, and keeping the memory of 9/11 alive were the main focus points as AARP staffers and dozens of volunteers spread across Illinois to engage in Day of Service projects in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs, Rockford and state capital …

It’s Friday! Dance with Somebody!

Happy Friday blog readers! Jenn here from the communications team reporting on what some of our volunteers are up to this week in Illinois… How does that saying go? Dance like nobody’s watching? Looks like that’s what these folks are doing in this video shot by our staffer Carmena Millan earlier this week. Tell me you don’t love it! The Pine Tree Senior Group (the ones in the red shirts) from the Chinese American Service League have committed to doing …

The Takeaway: Boomer Volunteers Needed

As more boomers transition from full-time employment to “retirement”””whatever that may mean these days””charities see an opportunity to capitalize on some of their newfound free time.

A Must-Read Memo for Volunteers

To: All volunteers, everywhere From: The bottom of our hearts Subj: Thank you!! Helping people. Helping animals. Helping the environment. Helping make the world a better place. And helping for free because a cause demands it. That’s what volunteers do, all over the world, every day. April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week, and AARP wants to say ‘thank you!’ to each and every volunteer. We see you volunteering in shelters, schools,

10 Weeks of Service: The Life of a Tax-Aide Volunteer

This is a guest post by Jo Ann Jenkins. Jenkins is the president of AARP Foundation. She provides leadership across the Foundation areas of development, litigation, and impact program areas. HELP WANTED:  Looking for someone to prepare individual state and federal tax returns. At least one week of training–and homework — required, along with passing three progressively difficult IRS test levels plus an IRS ethics test and any state-required exams. Must be flexible yet willing to work up to 40+ hours a …