Former School Principal Returns to Roots as AARP Experience Corps Volunteer

Posted on 11/15/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Marsha Speicher of Tempe, Arizona, is a former educator of 25 years. During her 25 year career in education she worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and school principal. After Speicher retired, she began looking for volunteer opportunities. She saw an article in the local paper that AARP Experience Corps was recruiting volunteers, and she knew the program would be a great fit for her given her background in education. AARP Experience Corps is a tutoring program for children …

Over 15,000 lbs. of Paper Shredded during Phoenix Fraud Watch Network Event

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Volunteers and staff helped local residents unload boxes of personal documents for shredding at a recent AARP Fraud Watch Network shred-a-thon event held at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix. “We counted nearly 200 cars during the Saturday shred-a-thon and think it was a great success,” said Cynthia Fagyas, AARP Arizona Communications Director. “All total, there was over 15,000 pounds of paper shredded during the event.” The effort was part of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network activities in which AARP …

Life Remagined Volunteer Jack Ragsdale on Living for What You Love

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Jack Ragsdale of Phoenix, Arizona, recently retired after nearly 40 years working with Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management. Over the course of his career, his passion has always been “living for what you love to do.” “Why not enjoy life?” said Ragsdale, which is why he decided to get involved as a volunteer facilitator with Arizona’s AARP Life Reimagined pilot program last year. Ragsdale often speaks at Life Reimagined check-up events which are workshops that allow participants to imagine a …

Volunteer Todd Aakhus on Positive Changes through Life Reimagined

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Todd Aakhus of Phoenix, Arizona, is the Director of Community Partnership for the Rio Salado College, and is responsible for the Rio Salado College Lifelong Learning Center and the Communiversity@Surprise. Aakhus has been involved with AARP Arizona for the last ten years, but just recently became a volunteer presenter with AARP’s Life Reimagined. “I was intrigued by the Life Reimagined initiative,” says Aakhus, “Because it’s relevant to the constituencies I work with at Rio Salado College. The program isn’t just …

Arizona’s Jean Smith on the Community Impact of the Experience Corps

Posted on 09/15/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Jean Smith of Phoenix, Arizona, has been a full-time homemaker for all her life. She dedicated the majority of her time to her children, volunteering with various organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America, the local school district and church while they were growing up. For the past 10 years, she assisted her daughter-in-law with her second grade classroom activities but still found herself yearning for something more. “I had been looking for an opportunity to work one-on-one with …

AARP Honors Former Council Member with State Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering The late Bernadine Hoffman of Scottsdale, Arizona, has been selected by AARP as the recipient of the 2014 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is the association’s most prestigious and visible award for community service. It symbolizes the belief that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. Hoffman was chosen because of her extensive history of advocating for older Arizonans. A retired nurse, she served on several councils …