AARP Tucson Annual Day of Service: Ben’s Bells

Posted on 09/17/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering About 20 AARP Tucson area volunteers and staff donated time to Ben’s Bells as part of AARP’s national Day of Service on September 11th. Ben’s Bells is a non-profit organization whose volunteers create ceramic wind chimes, and randomly place them in the community to raise awareness of kindness in today’s society. Founded in 2002 by Jeannette and Dean Maré, the bells were originally created as a coping strategy in remembrance of the couple’s youngest son, Ben, who passed away suddenly …

Arizona’s Community Educators Program Seeks New Volunteers

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

Volunteering Are you a people person? Do you like giving presentations? AARP Arizona’s Community Educators Program may be for you! Volunteers with the program present workshops across the state on important topics such as Medicare, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act and the latest addition—the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The AARP Arizona Community Educators Program is currently seeking new volunteers to present on these important topics. “This program is essential to the community,” says David Parra, associate state director at AARP …

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 Arizona Packs Food for Needy Families for September 11th Annual Day of Service

Posted on 09/12/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering About 50 volunteers from AARP Arizona, The Hartford Insurance and the All Arizona School Retirees Association (AASRA), helped sort and pack food for needy families as part of AARP’s Annual National Day of Service on September 11th. The volunteers gathered to help out at the Valley View Food Bank in Youngtown, Arizona. “It’s very rewarding for our volunteers to be involved in helping out at the food bank because they know their work means a lot to those less fortunate …

Tucson Volunteers Needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program 2015 Filing Season

Posted on 09/12/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is currently seeking volunteers to assist with the program in the Tucson area during the upcoming 2015 tax-filing season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free tax preparation to those who are from low to moderate income, primarily focusing on those who are age 50+. The program is the largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service in the country. “People don’t need to have any previous tax preparation experience to volunteer with Tax-Aide,” says Sandy Munroe, AARP Foundation …

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 …