Want to Help Kids? Read This First

  I came across a fascinating blog post by Jayne Cravens, a consultant to mission-based non-profit groups and non-governmental organizations. Jayne writes about a new report that strongly discourages short-term volunteer trips (AKA voluntourism), especially those purported to help needy children. One piece of this, which I concede I’d never considered before, immediately reversed my (previously cheery) view about programs that bring volunteers abroad to work with children. To quote from the report: There are serious concerns about the impacts …

A New Wave of Volunteerism

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees service programs, volunteering rose 1.5% in 2008. That’s great news for a statistic that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, has “stayed static” for 40 years. A great story from USA Today is worth checking out – it’s all about volunteerism and I Participate, a program of which AARP is a partner. The story talks about how television networks are raising awareness of the importance …

Rebuilding St. Bernard's Parish, Louisiana

AARP staff joins volunteers from around the country to continue rebuilding efforts in St. Bernard's Parish, Louisiana

President Obama Signs Serve America Act Into Law

Tom Nelson, COO here at AARP, has been passionate about the Serve America Act that President Obama signed today. Here’s a guest blog from Tom about why this legislation is so important to AARP, you, and our country: I’m so pleased that this afternoon, AARP attended the White House signing ceremony for the Serve America Act. It is truly an historic event and one that we’re particularly pleased will create meaningful volunteer opportunities for people 50+. Fifty years ago, Dr. …

Go Forth and Do Good

"Voluntourism" is hotter on the travel trend list than just about any destination these days…AARP offers some ideas if you're overwhelmed by the possibilities.