AARP Illinois Honors Chicagoan With Highest Volunteer Award

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Volunteering Chicago resident Kathy Schubert was recognized by AARP Illinois with the state’s highest volunteer honor, the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service.  The award was presented to Schubert at a luncheon held in her honor at the American Red Cross in Chicago.  AARP also presented a monetary donation to the American Red Cross and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Schubert’s behalf. “AARP has long valued the spirit of service embraced by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,” said Bob …

Join AARP to Support Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers in Oak Lawn

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Illinois | Comments

Volunteering Looking for a way to give back?  AARP volunteers from the Oak Lawn area will be accepting donations to benefit Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers – a private effort to provide care packages to soldiers oversees.  Since 2003, Mrs. Jacky, an Oak Lawn resident, has been sending care packages on a weekly basis to area residents stationed in Afghanistan.  You can help by making a donation at our community event on September 11th! What: Oak Lawn Day of Service Project Benefiting Mrs. …

Getting on the Road to Safer Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Kelly Soderlund Cars have changed a lot since Ken Murphy was driving a 1936 Ford at the age of 16. The 84-year-old Itasca resident now drives a 2013 Acura TL. It would be an understatement to say the newer vehicle is different in many ways from that Ford. And Murphy is a different driver than he was at 16. Murphy and his wife, Jeanne, 83, signed up for the new AARP Smart Driver Course to lower their insurance premiums, …

CPS Reading Intervention Program Recruiting Volunteers!

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP Experience Corps | Comments

Volunteering AARP Experience Corps has launched its award-winning program in Chicago for the 2013-2014 school year. AARP Experience Corps is a proven literacy intervention program made up of volunteers who are dedicated to helping children become great readers before finishing third grade. To get a bigger picture of Experience Corps, check out Facebook photos of our tutors in action: Post by AARP Experience Corps: Chicago. Are you passionate about children’s education and our schools? Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in your neighborhood and …

Justice Centers Ease Legal Worries

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering Joseph Sjostrom Paula Dianne Butler, 61, is a retired Chicago teaching assistant with no legal background, so she knew that a day in court would be full of surprises. She just wasn’t expecting them to be pleasant. A visit to the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center, however, turned her day in court from a fearful experience to a positive one. The center, which opened in September, was expressly designed to enhance access to the court for older …

The Shift in Degrees

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | AARP Experience Corps | Comments

Volunteering As I sit at my desk in the dead of winter, I can’t help but be very proud of myself, my colleagues, and AARP Experience Corps. When I woke up on December 12th, thermometers in Chicago read zero degrees. I turned on the WGN Morning news, something I do every day, and was alarmed by the wind chill factors that read negative ten or lower for all of Chicago, with temperatures in some parts dipping toward negative 20. But then …