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Care for Caregivers: Tell Your Story

Posted on 07/15/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is asking caregivers across the state to weigh in on what services could help them most. Answers will be collected and shared with policymakers to help meet the needs of Ohio families and reduce the costs of long-term care. At any given time, about 1.7 million Ohioans are serving as family caregivers, providing services valued at $17.5 billion annually. Supportive services for caregivers could result in more Ohioans continuing to live at home rather than moving into institutional care, …

Give to Get: A Novel Way of Helping

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Lynne Terry Kate Aubrey has volunteered for years, including feeding homeless youth and working at the Portland Art Museum. But eight years ago, she was diagnosed with an artery disease. Then she got colon cancer. She stopped volunteering to focus on her health. Now 63, Aubrey is volunteering again with a novel program in Portland that allows participants within a network to contribute services, such as raking leaves or cutting hair, and in exchange receive help from someone else. …

Statewide Food Drive Sept. 8-15

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

 To meet the challenge of hunger statewide, AARP Virginia is coordinating a food drive throughout the Old Dominion Sept. 8-15. Volunteers can help at more than 150 collection sites, and donations will go to local food pantries. In Virginia, nearly 16 percent of food bank visitors are 65 or older, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Even so, nearly 6 percent of older Virginians are at risk of hunger. To organize a local food drive, download tips at createthegood.org/howto. …

Help the Hungry

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Nearly 1 in 8 residents of the nation’s capital struggle with hunger, and the annual AARP D.C. Drive to End Hunger aims to help. AARP is hosting an orientation Sept. 18 to train volunteers, who will greet shoppers and collect nonperishable food at area grocery stores Oct. 3-4. All donations will go to the Capital Area Food Bank and local pantries. About 18 percent of D.C. residents reported not having enough money to buy food at least once in the …

Program Helps Answer: ‘What’s Next?’

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Ann Levin Last summer, before he was ready to retire, William Hamer was laid off from his full-time job as director of senior services at a nonprofit community development corporation in Harlem. A longtime advocate for older people, Hamer, 67, decided to increase his volunteer work while he looked for a new job. In April he was among about a dozen volunteers trained by AARP New York to present a program called Life Reimagined to business and community groups …

Pay It Forward: Help a Student Read

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Looking for a way to give back? You can help under-performing students at risk of being held back in third grade by becoming an AARP Experience Corps volunteer tutor. This fall, the Experience Corps reading tutoring program for students in grades K through three will expand into up to 10 schools in four Phoenix school districts. Until now, the program has served only the Tempe Elementary School District. Volunteers must have a high school diploma or GED and commit to …