AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Arnetta and Carl Baty are recipients of the 2017 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. The 2017 Andrus Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 21, at Carson Place in Dorchester.
As community volunteers in the Codman Square area, Carl and Arnetta Baty (pronounced BAY-TEE) provide a plethora of service, from arranging monthly coffee hours, organizing a food pantry, hosting speakers on issues including health, housing, and safety, preparing CARE packages for families living in shelters, and encouraging local youth to help clean-up a community garden.
At the award luncheon, AARP MA State Director Mike Festa and AARP MA State President Sandy Albright were present, as was state Rep. Dan Cullinane, who represents the 12th Suffolk District. The Batys also received a citation from state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry.
Andrus Award Nominees Recognized
Three Andrus Award nominees and community volunteers also received recognition at the Andrus Award ceremony: Stephen Fine, Emery Gaudet, and Yvonne Quinama.
History of the AARP Andrus Award
The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s highest volunteer honor. It has been awarded to an individual or a couple every year since 2002. The award recognizes outstanding volunteers who are making a difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission — and who inspire others to perform community service.
Named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service is given annually to one outstanding volunteer in every state. A selection committee evaluates nominees based on a range of criteria, including how their volunteer work positively impacts the lives of individuals 50 and over, how their work improves the community, and how they inspire others to volunteer. To be eligible for the award, the accomplishments, achievements or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay and reflect AARP’s vision and mission.
“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change. AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”
— Mike Festa, AARP MA State Director