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Romaine Thomas-2014 AARP DC Andrus Award Honoree, A Life Built on Service

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Aboard the Spirit Cruise of Washington along the Potomac with spectacular views of the Washington Monument and other landmarks, AARP launched its celebration of the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service Recognition Luncheon on October 16, 2014. Romaine Thomas, longtime District of Columbia resident and educator was this year’s recipient. The award, which was presented to her by AARP DC State President Joe Williams, honors a volunteer who provides outstanding service, leadership and advocacy for those who are 50 plus. …

2014 Mayoral Candidates Share Views on Issues Affecting Older District Residents

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Before you go to the polls for the 2014 Washington, DC Mayoral election, take a look at videos where the candidates respond to issues of importance to older residents. On October 9th, AARP DC and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) David A. Clarke School of Law partnered to present a Mayoral Candidate Forum. Muriel Bowser, David Catania and Carol Schwartz, the top three candidates running for Mayor of Washington, DC, responded to five issue topics that included: …

Honoring the Life of Martin Kohn, AARP DC Volunteer

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Martin Kohn, our 2008 Andrus Award recipient, passed away on September 30th at age 84. At AARP DC, we knew that Marty was all about helping people. Through his generous volunteer work, he ensured that low-income seniors in the city received much needed services and free legal aid. He spent some of his volunteer time working with clients through AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly. In his career, Marty was an economist for the federal government. For more than thirty …

Feed Those in Need through the AARP DC Annual Food Drive

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Join AARP DC for the 6th Annual Food Drive on October 3 & 4, 2014 where you can donate non-perishable foods or  volunteer at a Safeway or Giant Food store near you in DC. Times at donation sites will vary at each store location. This annual food collection program is a part of Drive to End Hunger, the AARP and AARP Foundation’s multi-pronged approach to end hunger among older adults in America. AARP is taking steps to feed those who …

Congregate Meals Offer Healthy Eating and Socialization

Posted on 10/2/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Murelda Gass has family in Santo Domingo, Honduras and Jamaica.  She’s been in the U.S. for 42 years and has been retired for eight of those years.  She teaches at a wellness center and likes sitting down to socialize and exchange ideas with the people who come every day for a hot meal.  It’s part of the “Congregate Meals Program.”  You have to be a D.C. resident, age 60 or older and sign up at the employment center to have …

Many Older District Residents Benefit from SNAP

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP DC | Comments

Mary says that “volunteer” is her middle name. “I’m a volunteer talk-show host and an advocate for a healthcare program in the District of Columbia and I’m a senior citizen.”  She’s also retired and lives on a fixed income.  When she was in her early 60s she connected with a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and it made a big difference in her life.   Mary worked with a DC agency that helped her sign up …