Have No Fear: Tax Help Is Here

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Melissa Preddy Don Tinson was leafing through a magazine one evening when he spotted a tiny ad seeking volunteers for AARP’s tax preparation service. The retired automotive engineer thought it sounded like a good cause and signed up. Now, 11 years later, Tinson is a technology specialist for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, which last year helped 70,000 Michigan residents prepare their income tax returns at no charge. This month, Tinson and a statewide network of more than 1,000 …

Legislative Agenda: Caregiving, Guardianship

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering AARP Michigan has a robust legislative agenda lined up for the session that begins Jan. 14. A top priority is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would better equip family caregivers to safely help their loved ones with medical tasks at home following a hospital stay. AARP advocates also will push for Michigan to become the 41st state to adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act to cut red tape for families when …

‘A Taste of AARP’ comes to Marquette

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Volunteering AARP Michigan will present “A Taste of AARP” at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, 1951 U.S. 41 West, from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 10.  The free event — hosted by AARP Michigan Executive Council Members Jimmy and Sally Bruce of Escanaba — will feature a local wine-tasting, cooking demonstrations and a presentation about volunteer opportunities and what AARP is doing in Michigan, the Upper Peninsula and Marquette County. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and registration is preferred. Please …

‘Super Volunteer’ wins Andrus Award

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Volunteering Jackie Knapp of Kalamazoo is a committed volunteer activist who helps feed the hungry, raises money for veterans’ programs, and teaches Sunday school at her church. Now she is the 2014 winner of the Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Tagged a “super volunteer” by nominators, Knapp will be honored on Nov. 1 during AARP Michigan’s volunteer recognition ceremony in Grand Rapids.  The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who …

AARP Michigan seeks nominations for Gools Award for Social Change

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Volunteering AARP Michigan is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Stephen J. Gools Award for Social Change. The award honors the life of Steve Gools, former state director of AARP Michigan, who passed away in 2011. Gools was a man who cared deeply about and had a strong passion for improving the lives of others – especially those who were unable to do so alone. “Steve was dedicated to helping those who could not help themselves,” said Jacqueline Morrison, state director …

Volunteers take a course in ‘Life Reimagined’

Posted on 07/2/2014 by | AARP Michigan | Comments

Volunteering The AARP Michigan State Office hosted 16 volunteers for Life Reimagined Guide training on June 17-18. The volunteers spent two days experiencing a Life Checkup and learning about this new AARP initiative. The Guides are now ready to lead Life Checkups throughout the state to help Michiganders take the journey of self-discovery and to decide their “what’s next” moment. “The trainees were fully engaged during the session and left energized and excited about the life-changing potential of Life Reimagined Checkups …