FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 12, 2014

Contact: Cynthia J. Fagyas, cfagyas@aarp.org

AARP EXPERIENCE CORPS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS AS PROGRAM EXPANDS INTO PHOENIX

(Phoenix, AZ)–With the start of the 2014 school year, AARP Experience Corps is expanding into five Phoenix school districts, and new volunteers are being sought to help with the program.

AARP Experience Corps is a program in which volunteers who are age 50+ tutor children who are struggling with reading comprehension. Volunteers dedicate five hours of time weekly during the course of the school year.

“We’re excited that the program will now be offered to more kids who need help improving their reading skills, and with the expansion comes the need for more volunteers who are interested in working with children on a one-one-one basis,” said Cynthia Fagyas, AARP Arizona Communications Director. “We’re hoping to provide at least 10 volunteers per school which means that we’re looking for more than 100 volunteers to get involved.”

AARP Experience Corps will be expanding into the Wilson, Riverside, Tolleson, Fowler, and Phoenix Elementary districts.

“Volunteers do not need prior teaching or tutoring experience,” adds Cathy Gaudio, AARP Phoenix Experience Corps Program Coordinator. “We provide training and all the materials.”

People interested in volunteering must possess a high school diploma and agree to a complete criminal background (fingerprint clearance) and reference check.

For more information on volunteering with AARP Experience Corps in Phoenix, please call (602) 256-4388 or email cathy.gaudio@phoenix.gov.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a bilingual news source.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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