Give Back on MLK Day with AARP

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Volunteering “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Martin Luther King Jr. Want to make a difference in someone’s day and continue to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. serving those less fortunate? Join fellow AARP Volunteers to cook and serve a breakfast for people experiencing homelessness at Our Saviour’s Housing emergency shelter on MLK Day. There are 40 men and women at this South Minneapolis shelter every day. A warm breakfast …

Caregiving, Savings Plan Top Agenda

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

Volunteering In the 2015 legis​lative session, AARP Minnesota aims not only to support family caregivers, but also to improve access to retirement savings plans and ensure reliable utilities. As in other states, AARP is pressing for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to prepare caregivers to perform medical tasks needed when a patient comes home from a hospital stay. AARP also is urging lawmakers to pass Secure Choice, a voluntary retirement savings plan managed by the state for workers who …

Alexandria Senior Leader Named Minnesota AARP Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 10/27/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Volunteering Kathryn LeRoy LeBrasseur of Alexandria was presented with the 2014 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service at an awards reception held at the Senior Community Center today. The award honors Minnesotans over the age of 50 who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. As part of the award, AARP made a $1,000 donation to the Alexandria Senior Community Center. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important …

Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Mary Van Beusekom During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger (endseniorhunger.aarp.org) as part of the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Her task as an outreach coordinator was to identify ways to reach Minnesotans who may go hungry but …

AARP NAMES JIM SCHEIBEL MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER STATE PRESIDENT

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Volunteering ST.PAUL – AARP Minnesota today announced the appointment of Jim Scheibel of St. Paul to the two-year position of State President – the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has more than 650,000 members statewide and nearly 40 million members nationwide. Scheibel, the former mayor of St. Paul, was appointed to the position by AARP Midwest Regional Volunteer Director Dean Clough,and will begin his role immediately. “Jim truly embodies everything AARP is striving to achieve on …

So Much More Than a Box of Books

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Pamela Schmid Kay Stoffels has been around books nearly all her life, working for decades as a librarian before health issues forced her to retire. So the idea of putting a dollhouse-size library in her own front yard naturally appealed to her, except for one thing: the price tag. “Money isn’t very plentiful, and I couldn’t afford to do it,” said Stoffels, 72, of St. Paul, who suffers from severe scoliosis. When Stoffels learned she could set up a …