No Expertise Necessary: Many Ways to Volunteer

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

Local Resources By Miriam Davidson When Joe Scott volunteers to answer the phone a few hours each week at the AARP Information Center in Tucson, he gets a kick out of how thrilled some callers are just to talk to a real, live human being. “They’ve been on the phone with agencies, sometimes for hours,” and expect to hear another automated voice when they call AARP for help, said Scott, 66. “I’m of the age group where you grew up talking to …

AARP Volunteer Finds New Site for Local AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Posted on 06/16/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources Earlier this year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program volunteers in the Prescott area were unsure whether they would be able to help people with their taxes. This, after the site they had used for more than ten years, closed its doors and the program found itself without a local home. Prescott Tax-Aide volunteer leader, Janelle Riedl, took it upon herself to find a new location for the program. “I put ads in newspapers hoping that a business or community partner could …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Wraps-Up 2014 Filing Season

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources Program Ends Season Assisting Over 52,000 Arizonans AARP Foundation Tax-Aide helped over 80,000 Arizona residents with their tax preparation services during the 2014 tax filing season. “We had an amazing year,” says Frank Perazelli, state coordinator for the national community service program in Arizona. “Through the efforts of our 1200 volunteers statewide we filed over 52,000 tax returns and saved people more than $10.4 million in preparation fees.” The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is an annual program that provides free …

AARP Foundation Bilingual Housing Solutions Center Connects 50+ at-risk Homeowners to Free HUD-Certified Counseling

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources AARP Foundation, in an effort to help seniors avoid foreclosure and remain in their homes, is connecting at-risk homeowners over the age of 50 to free HUD-certified counseling, resources and education through its bilingual Housing Solutions Center. Millions of older Americans are carrying more mortgage debt than ever before. From 2007 to 2011, more than 1.5 million older Americans lost their homes as a result of the mortgage crisis and more than three million are at risk today of losing …

Prescott Area Volunteers Help Sort Food for Needy Yavapai County Families

Posted on 05/19/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources AARP Volunteers from Prescott and Prescott Valley recently turned out to help sort food at the Yavapai County Food Bank as part of the Stamp out Hunger food drive. Volunteers separated items that were collected by U.S. Postal Service carriers during the Stamp out Hunger effort, which was held on May 12 in which letter carriers picked up bags of donated food left at mail boxes and delivered them to local food banks and pantries. “It’s hard to believe that …

Hearing and Driver Safety: What You Can Do

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Local Resources AARP Offers Helpful Tips on How Hearing can Affect Driver Safety Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults, according to the National Institute of Health. In recognition of May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, AARP is offering these helpful tips on how hearing can affect driver safety.   Make sure you’re up to date on your hearing evaluation by scheduling a hearing evaluation with your healthcare provider. Don’t be afraid to admit that you …