At AARP, Your Experience Matters!

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

AARP_Tag_PMS_red_tagYou have a lifetime of experience to offer. If you’re looking for a place to share it, AARP VA can help.

We offer a broad range of volunteer opportunities to help you make a difference in your community. Through education, advocacy and service, AARP VA volunteers and staff work together to enhance the quality of life for all ages. If you decide not to volunteer for AARP, we have a network of community organizations where you can use your skills and experience.

Here are some ways you can get involved:

* Advocacy — Get Involved. Stay Informed: At AARP, advocacy is key to our mission of leading positive social change. AARP advocacy volunteers partner with staff to influence important legislative issues that impact health, economic security and protection from consumer and investment fraud. Training is available.

* Virtual Volunteering: E-advocacy and the AARP Community website are two ways to remain informed and support the work of AARP from the comfort of your own home! Visit the AARP VA online community at www.aarp.org/community/aarpva.

* Community Service Team — Outreach, Education and Partnerships: AARP is known for strong tradition of community involvement, which continues today. Community service volunteers work collaboratively in a team with AARP members and chapters, the public and local organizations to share information and resources on a variety of program and activities. A perfect way to make a difference in your community.

* AARP Community Groups: Community Groups provide a vital link between members, communities and AARP programs and services, while providing a variety of community service, education, advocacy, leadership and friendship opportunities. Volunteer to help start a community group in your community!

* AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: AARP Foundation Tax Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service for low-and middle-income taxpayers who need help. The program continues to grow as does the need for dedicated volunteers.

* AARP Driver Safety: This program is taught and administered by a nationwide network of AARP-trained volunteers and is the first and largest source for drivers age 50 and older that helps millions of drivers stay safe on today’s roads.

Benefits of Volunteering with AARP VA

Impact: Volunteers often find that their greatest satisfaction comes from contributing to making a difference in lives of others. They also have the opportunity to apply their talents in fields different from their usual work. For some, volunteering may even lead to a new career. Their gifts of time, energy, and skills fill a unique role that only they can provide. And volunteers tell us that they learn from working with other dedicated professionals and volunteers.

Training: AARP VA volunteers receive specialized training to develop the skills they’ll need to work with AARP members and the community at large.

Flexibility: Each volunteer is free to choose how much time he or she would like to give. Most volunteer from two to four hours a week. Volunteers usually work out a regular schedule of availability, but some prefer to be available to fill in as needed.

At AARP VA, your experience matters – to you, to AARP, and to so many others who can benefit from it.

To explore volunteer opportunities with AARP VA, call our AARP VA Volunteer Program Specialist toll free at 1 (866) 542-8164 or email sgossett@aarp.org

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