Stephen McGarry Makes Reading Fun for Struggling Children

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Stephen McGarry of Gold Canyon, Arizona, is a former CEO of a distribution company in Rhode Island. When he retired in January 2013, he moved to Arizona and began looking for volunteer opportunities. That’s when a newspaper ad for the Experience Corps got his attention. “When my children were younger, I coached sports teams all the way from little league to high school,” says McGarry. “I had always loved working with children. Seeing the ad about volunteering with Experience Corps seemed …

Arizona’s Carl Erickson on Advocacy

Posted on 07/15/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Following a forty year career in management at JC Penney, Carl Erickson of Litchfield Park, Arizona, retired and joined the ranks of the many volunteers at AARP Arizona. He is very passionate about 50+ worker issues and economic security which has made him an integral part of the advocacy sector of AARP. After a few years as a volunteer, Erickson was appointed as a member of the AARP Arizona Executive Council, a group of key volunteers who through their leadership …

Bob Zumoff on the Experience Corps

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Bob Zumoff of Tempe, Arizona, served 30 years as Assistant Attorney General for the Arizona Attorney General’s office. When he retired in 2010, he began looking for volunteer opportunities. “Prior to law school, I taught in Africa for several years through the Peace Corps,” says Zumoff. “I knew I wanted to work with children again and get back to my teaching roots. It was important to me to do something completely different than what I had done for the majority …

Pay It Forward: Help a Student Read

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

Volunteering 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 …

No Expertise Necessary: Many Ways to Volunteer

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

Volunteering 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

Volunteering 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 …