Jerry Watterworth on the Importance of AARP Arizona’s Community Educators Program

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Jerry Watterworth of Scottsdale, Arizona, received his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He retired in 2011 from a long-standing career in international banking, and began looking for a volunteer opportunity that would allow him to give back to the community. “I saw an article in the newspaper announcing that AARP Arizona was recruiting volunteers for its Community Educators Program and it piqued my interest,” said Watterworth. The AARP Arizona Community Educators Program (CEP) is unique in that it …

Arizona’s Diane Sanders on Discovering Real Possibilities through Volunteering

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Volunteering Diane Sanders of Phoenix, Arizona, worked in medical claims for nearly 40 years. She retired in 2009 from the Public Consulting Group where she worked with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) to administer the Medicaid in Public Schools Program. After retiring, she began exploring ways that she could give back to the community as a volunteer. “That’s when I saw an article in the AARP Bulletin about the need for volunteers for Arizona’s Community Educators Program,” says …

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 …