AARP is pleased to celebrate National Volunteer Week, an annual opportunity to step back and recognize the hardworking volunteers who dedicate their time, talents and passions to improving every corner of this great nation. While it's easy to get caught up in statistics - more than 60 million volunteers, more than 7 billion hours of service - it's the "good" behind those numbers that is truly awesome.
At AARP, we couldn't achieve our mission to improve aging in America without our incredible army of volunteers - people who suit up every day to improve health care, fight fraud and home energy costs, enhance families' retirement security, help seniors save money on taxes, improve driver safety and so much more.
Volunteers are a critical and extremely effective part of team AARP - from our all-volunteer Board of Directors to our 60,000 volunteers working in states and communities across the country. Volunteers are the very heart of who we are and what we do. They are core partners in our vision of a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose.
And AARP is not alone. We have a nation full of schools, parks, hospitals, veterans' organizations, senior centers and non-profits large and small whose goals would be unreachable without the contributions of their skilled and passionate volunteers.
That is why we offer Create the Good - a resource that helps volunteers find causes and opportunities that truly speak to their passions. Create the Good helps people explore a wide range ways to give back in neighborhoods across the nation. At AARP, we believe in real possibilities - and giving back is one way to discover those possibilities.
I hope you will join me in taking the time - not just this week, but all year long - to recognize and thank the many volunteers who individually, and collectively, strengthen our communities and our country.
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