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Carmel Perez Snyder is 2016 McKoy Award Recipient

Posted on 05/13/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

For her exceptional accomplishments in Fort Worth, AARP’s Carmel Perez Snyder has been named the 2016 recipient of the Association’s Maureen McKoy Award for Excellence in Service. The prestigious award is given annually to an AARP employee who has displayed tremendous leadership by fostering volunteer engagement and community outreach. Carmel led the Association’s work in Fort Worth since 2010, until moving to Oregon last month to be closer to family. Now she holds a similar position for AARP in that …

Community work focus of AARP leadership talks in San Antonio

Posted on 05/6/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

AARP leaders from the nation’s most populous states gathered in San Antonio this week for talks about the Association’s work in communities, which aims to fully engage members and non-members alike. For nearly three days, AARP Texas volunteers and staff hosted peers from California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Combined, the population of the seven states comprise more than 142 million Americans. The AARP leaders held a broad range of discussions, including conversations about how to strengthen AARP’s …

Warning to Storm Victims: Beware of Fraud

Posted on 04/18/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

It’s the season for severe storms in Texas, and AARP is alerting consumers about potential home repair ripoffs and other scams following natural disasters. It’s unfortunate, but the aftermath of a disaster attracts opportunists and scammers. Now is an important time for Texans to ready their homes, families and businesses for the worst that Mother Nature may throw their way–and to protect themselves from fraud. Too often, criminals pose as insurance inspectors, government officials or building contractors to prey on …

AARP Texas Names New State President

Posted on 12/21/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

Charlene Hunter James, a long-time volunteer and community advocate in Houston, has been named AARP Texas state president. In collaboration with AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson, who announced James’ appointment, James will have the responsibility, starting Jan. 1, of leading the AARP Texas Executive Council for at least the next two years. She also will work with AARP staff and volunteers to establish strategic goals and objectives on a local level that are consistent with AARP’s national strategies. James, 64, …

Austin AARP Volunteer: Social Security Is Vital

Posted on 07/31/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

AUSTIN, Texas – After three decades as an educator, Mary Ragland is drawing from two pensions and modest Social Security earnings to make ends meet in retirement. At 81 and retired for more than a decade, Ragland, a longtime AARP volunteer in Austin, lives frugally but occasionally taps into an IRA to treat herself to short excursions. She considers herself fortunate. “I have neighbors living here in my community who have only Social Security and not very much of that,” …

Promoting Conversations About An Age-Friendly Austin

Posted on 06/2/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

Austin Mayor Steve Adler drew a smidgeon of laughter from a crowd of about 120 Central Texas AARP members when he told them that not everyone needs to give up their cars and ride city buses in HOV lanes. Rather, he said, just enough motorists should do so to speed up the lane he likes to drive. With a pinch of humor, Adler made a serious case to the AARP-member audience for staggered work hours and telecommuting, expanded transit and …

Colonel Randle Joins Texas Volunteer Leadership

Posted on 05/6/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

By Vanessa Rodriguez Texas native and former U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Lawrence Randle has been named to the AARP Texas Executive Council, continuing his life-long commitment to volunteerism on behalf of AARP’s more than 2 million members in Texas. Born in the small town of Reagan, southeast of Waco, Randle is a retired colonel who served 34 years as both a reserve and active duty officer. From 1980 to 1984, his military assignments centered around UH-60 Black Hawk …

Community Renewal Is A Team Concept In Fort Worth

Posted on 04/22/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers are collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense – and sometimes long-neglected – pockets of the city that have been identified …

Getting To Know Austin’s new City Council

Posted on 04/17/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

Having marked only their first 100 days in office, members of Austin’s first City Council under a new “10-1” system of government are in a honeymoon phase of getting to know one another and learning the city’s biggest issues. The City Council has spent the bulk of its time in orientation sessions and policy workshops, and Council members have purposefully postponed votes on many major decisions until they feel more settled. Austin’s elected leaders are still testing the strength of …

For 3.4 Million Family Caregivers, A Simple Request

Posted on 03/30/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mhollis/" title="Posts by Mark Hollis" rel="author">Mark Hollis</a> | Texas |

Each day in Texas, millions of uncelebrated heroes are giving baths and preparing meals. They’re providing rides to the doctor and grocery store. They’re dispending medicines and handling complex medical tasks, sometimes with little or no training. They are family caregivers. There are nearly 3.4 million of them in Texas alone, and they’re helping loved ones get the care that they need to live independently at home. For more than seven years, I was a caregiver to my lifelong love, …