AARP Massachusetts

Carol Brooks Ball

Biography:

A veteran journalist, Carol handles social media and website projects for AARP's Massachusetts State Office. She began her career as a staff reporter, eventually moving into senior editor positions at various newspapers and news websites in New England. Carol’s career includes numerous industry awards including two Investigative Reporting awards and a First-Place Best News Story award, all from the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA). Skilled at building social media reader engagement, Carol works to promote AARP’s relevance and message of helping those 50+ live their best lives, through information shared on Facebook, Twitter, and a variety of other social media channels.
Carol lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two children, as well as the family’s two fun-loving golden retrievers.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kellianne Erath, Money Management Program Volunteer

Posted on 03/5/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Over the past seven years, Kellianne Erath of Framingham has helped more than 14 Bay State residents manage some of the most private details of their lives — their finances. Erath, along with more than 1,000 other volunteers, dedicates her time and skills to help others through the Massachusetts Money Management Program. The Massachusetts Money Management Program (MMMP) assists individuals of limited income who are unable to manage their own finances by assigning trained volunteers to help them organize financial …

Three Massachusetts Residents Graduate From the AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute

Posted on 02/22/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Three local volunteer leaders from AARP Massachusetts participated in the graduation ceremony Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, from AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute (VLI). Jane Ahern-Defillippi of Melrose, Gloria Coney of Roxbury, and Gordon Mathieson of East Falmouth, were among 32 other exceptional volunteers from across the country. VLI is a rigorous and innovative training opportunity launched by AARP in December 2012 to mobilize highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers and take them to the next level of volunteer leadership. This third …

AARP Massachusetts Announces Sandra Albright as New State President

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Longtime human services advocate assumes top volunteer post for Bay State organization AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Sandra “Sandy” Albright has assumed the role of volunteer state president of its office serving the Bay State. Albright will work in collaboration with AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa to achieve the Association’s vision, mission, and strategic priorities in the state, and will serve as chairwoman of the AARP Massachusetts Executive Council. The Council, in partnership with Festa and staff, …

Attend Boston’s Next Civic Academy: Age-Friendly Boston

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

If you’re a Boston resident you’re cordially invited to Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s next Civic Academy class, “Age-Friendly Boston,” on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Faneuil Hall. The event is free but registration is required. This new initiative — officially called Mayor Walsh’s Civic Academies — is designed to foster engagement between city government and Boston residents. During each Civic Academy, Mayor Walsh and other officials engage with residents about all aspects of life in the city, and pledge to …

Need Help With Your Taxes? AARP Foundation Offers Free Tax-Aide Assistance and Prep Program

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low-to moderate-income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. In …

It’s Tax Time: Beware of Scams Targeting Your Identity during Tax Season

Posted on 01/26/2015 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

To coincide with Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, which runs Jan. 26-30, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is launching an educational effort to help people protect themselves from tax scams by releasing a new video and a scam prevention tip sheet—and encouraging people to take advantage of AARP’s free tax preparation services. Many taxpayers put themselves at great risk of tax identity theft, according to a national study conducted last fall by the AARP Fraud Watch Network. “Throwing a pay …