AARP signaled another milestone in its efforts to build a more localized presence in communities across the country, with the opening of AARP DC’s new office location in the Navy Yard neighborhood.

On June 29, AARP DC celebrated the move with an “Opening Day” event attended by more than 100 guests, including: AARP DC Executive Council members, Andrus Award winners, former AARP DC State Presidents, AARP Chapter leaders, community leaders and AARP staff and volunteers.

When AARP first established state offices across the country – more than 15 years ago – the AARP DC state office was placed within AARP’s National Office at 601 E St. Fast forward to 2017, State office visibility and accessibility is a key part of local presence, so it made strategic sense to move the AARP DC state office to a location that better provided those opportunities.

The mid-day “Opening Day” event included formal remarks from Executive Director of DC Office on Aging Laura Newland on behalf of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who in a letter of congratulations wrote,

“…This new AARP location is a welcome addition to our city and helps to enhance the quality of life of our citizens.

“On behalf of the citizens of Washington, DC, I extend best wishes for a spectacular opening.”

Additionally, formal remarks were made by AARP DC State Director Louis Davis, Jr., EVP and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy Leamond, CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP Board Chair Joan Ruff and AARP DC State President Joe Williams, Sr., followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. Davis highlighted the role and the mission of the AARP DC state office in his opening remarks to guests,

“From this place and in the neighborhoods you live, we work every day to influence the political and social systems of the District in ways to make people live their best lives; to make DC a more Age-Friendly city.”

Attendees were encouraged to get engaged and involved with the AARP DC state office through community service, outreach and advocacy. To volunteer with the AARP District of Columbia state office, contact Jocelyn Daughtry, AARP DC’s Volunteer Coordinator, at JDaughtry@aarp.org.

Watch the video below for highlights from the event and check out the AARP DC Facebook for more fun photos from the day.

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