Volunteer Spotlight: AARP Foundation Tax Aide

Volunteer Spotlight: AARP Foundation Tax Aide

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering By Helen Altonn Megan Morris wanted to get to know the community when she and her husband moved to Ewa Beach, so she answered a call in the AARP Magazine for volunteers to help older residents prepare their taxes. Now in her eighth season as an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, she sees people she’s helped year after year when she goes to the grocery store and they ask, “When are you doing taxes?” Morris and other Hawaii volunteers in the …

AARP Hawaii's Priority Bills Pass Mid-Session Point

AARP Hawaii’s Priority Bills Pass Mid-Session Point

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering At the halfway point of the 2014 state Legislature, all of AARP Hawaii’s priority bills have successfully passed initial scrutiny by respective Senate and House committees. As the critical March 6 “crossover” date passed, AARP Advocacy Director Steve Tam thanked volunteers for their work. “We could not have reached this milestone without the tireless support AARP’s many volunteer advocates provided by way of phone calls, legislative visits, testimony, and email,” said Tam. “Thank you for everything you do to improve …

Women Find Inspiration Empowering Other Women to Realize Their Potential

Women Find Inspiration Empowering Other Women to Realize Their Potential

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering By Marian Okada The sign in the Dress for Success (DFS) boutique at the YWCA of Oahu on Richards Street says it all: “It’s not about where you’ve been. It’s about where you’re going.” The message applies equally to Shirley Grossi and Bettelynn Smith – two women who’ve had a powerful and rewarding experience helping other women less fortunate. Both started out as DFS volunteers after retiring from the business world. Now they’re making a mark and rediscovering their passion …

AARP Tax-Aide to Provide Free Tax Assistance Beginning February

AARP Tax-Aide to Provide Free Tax Assistance Beginning February

Posted on 01/15/2014 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering Beginning February 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers with low to moderate incomes at 36 libraries, senior centers and other convenient locations across the state. Now in its 45th year, AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, with special attention to people 60 and older. You do not have to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Tax-Aide volunteers provide a …

Driver Safety Volunteer Cruisin' Down Life's Highway

Driver Safety Volunteer Cruisin’ Down Life’s Highway

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering It may be one of the best bargains in town:  AARP’s Driver Safety Course, costing $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members. Benefits include not only a refresher on driving techniques to deal with increased traffic and changes in road rules but possible discounts on auto insurance and roadside assistance plans. (This writer’s insurance premium was reduced $80 after taking the four-hour class.) “If one student says he or she learned something, or they’re going to implement something, it’s …

Volunteers Help Launch Social Security Videoconferencing in Kona

Volunteers Help Launch Social Security Videoconferencing in Kona

Posted on 08/13/2013 by | AARP Hawaii | Comments

Volunteering Do you live in West Hawaii and have questions about Social Security? Through the wonders of technology you can now get help from a live person. Beginning August 22, residents can go to the West Hawaii Civic Center on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) to speak with Social Security Administration (SSA) representatives via videoconference call. “Assistance made available via this video conferencing arrangement will be an economic lifeline for West Hawaii residents,” …