Take Part in 30 Ways in 30 Days to Fight Iowa Hunger

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering Most Americans view Iowa as the land of plenty: Row after row of corn and soybeans, farmyards full of squealing pigs and contented cows and smiling people quietly sipping lemonade in the shade of their porch on a warm summer evening as a refreshing breeze sweeps across the gently rolling landscape. But Iowans know better. Feeding the world is hard work. For some Iowans, just feeding themselves is a major – maybe impossible – task. One in eight Iowans struggles …

Reflections from the AARP Booth at the Iowa State Fair

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering There’s lots to love about the Iowa State Fair. From the butter cow to fried-anything-on-a-stick. From free musical acts to critters of all persuasions. From quilts that would make Martha Stewart seethe with envy to baked and canned goods you wish your grandmother would have made, there’s something for everyone. For AARP volunteers, there’s also the time-honored pleasure of mingling with fellow Iowans and hearing stories about issues that are important to them. This year those issues were fraud and …

From the Livable Communities Intern: Listening to the Voice of Des Moines

Posted on 07/5/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering Downpours, flooding, and the constant threat of a storm wasn’t enough to keep art lovers away from this year’s Des Moines Arts Festival. I attended the fest early this year, donning my AARP shirt on Friday morning to man the booth at opening. Alongside an AARP volunteer named Jan, I helped distributed Fraud Watch information and lead a Milagros craft activity that allowed children to carve designs into colorful squares of aluminum tooling. This event was also the debut of AARP’s “Listening Post”, a …

From the Livable Communities Intern: A New Way to Run

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering This summer, I can add “running coach” to my resume. I love to run, and since attending graduate school, running has served a new purpose for me. It is my meditation, my break from studying, and the fastest way to get a good workout into my busy schedule. Training for races has been a large stabilizing function of my life and helped lay out attainable goals to work toward. Plus, it’s fun to do in groups! I knew two things …

Take Time to Nominate an Extraordinary Iowa 50+ Volunteer for Recognition, Reward

Posted on 06/14/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering With a July 1 nomination deadline approaching, AARP Iowa is encouraging Iowans to take a few minutes to nominate an outstanding 50+ Iowan for the 2014 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, making them eligible to  receive $1,000 to award to the charity of their choice. “For the first time this year, AARP Iowa is offer a $1,000 cash award to the winner of our highest volunteer service award, and we’d love to see as many individuals and organizations …

Help Hungry Iowans Get Food Assistance

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

Volunteering AARP Iowa is recruiting volunteers to help hungry Iowans age 50-plus stretch their food budgets while improving nutrition. In cooperation with the Iowa Food Bank Association, volunteers will help people apply for the state’s Food Assistance Program, which provides a debit-like card that can be used at grocery stores. Only about a third of Iowans age 60 and older who are eligible for the program are enrolled. Volunteers also are needed to make presentations on how to shop for and …