Volunteers Needed to Help Kids Read

Volunteers Needed to Help Kids Read

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

Volunteering The Minnesota state office is seeking volunteers for AARP Experience Corps, which engages adults age 50-plus in efforts to improve literacy among schoolchildren in grades K-3. Volunteers work with students individually or in small groups under a classroom teacher’s supervision. In the 2012-13 school year, 73 volunteers spent nearly 23,000 hours tutoring about 700 students in 11 schools in Minneapolis/St. Paul. When asked about the tutors’ influence on the classroom, most teachers (92 percent) reported a positive effect on students’ …

AARP Testifies in Support of Secure Choice

AARP Testifies in Support of Secure Choice

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Volunteering Testimony By Jim Scheibel, AARP Volunteer Board Member Before the House Committee on Jobs On the Minnesota MN Secure Choice Plan  Wednesday, March 5, 2014   Mr. Chairman, Members of the committee, my name is Jim Scheibel. I am here today as a volunteer member of AARP Minnesota’s Executive Council.  On behalf of our more than 650,000 Minnesota members, AARP appreciates the opportunity to testify on this very important issue of retirement security for Minnesota workers and their families. We …

Want to Change Your Life? Volunteer.

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Volunteering By Lester Strong, Vice President and Chief Executive of AARP Experience Corps It’s December. That part of the year when winter officially descends, providing us with short days and long, quiet nights. It’s a time when people reflect on their lives, giving thought to what they are doing now and where they want to be in the future. No matter the age or stage in life, as the year draws to a close nearly everyone takes time to “reimagine” their …

It Takes a Community to Tackle Hunger

It Takes a Community to Tackle Hunger

Posted on 09/5/2013 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Volunteering My name is Lynne McMullen and I recently began a new job developing SNAP outreach efforts to help Minnesota nonprofits combat hunger among senior citizens. The facts about hunger in Minnesota are staggering.  In my first two months working on SNAP outreach, I learned that more than 600,000 Minnesotans are struggling to put healthy food on their tables each day.  That’s almost as many people as live in the Twin Cities.   I learn more about the factors contributing to hunger …

Learning the SNAP Ropes in Minnesota

Learning the SNAP Ropes in Minnesota

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

Volunteering My name is Lynne McMullen and I recently began a new job developing SNAP outreach efforts to help Minnesota nonprofits combat hunger among senior citizens.  When I began this assignment I had little understanding of the physical, mental and emotional impact hunger has on thousands of older Minnesotans. My first week of work was filled with research.  I read federal legislation, state fact sheets and countless studies to understand the requirements and history of the SNAP program, but the rules, …

Experience Corps Volunteers Making a Difference

Experience Corps Volunteers Making a Difference

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Pamela Schmid Lequetta Diggs sat at a table in the corner of Caitlin Reid’s first-grade class and held up a flash card with the word “BRING” in bright green letters. “Big,” suggested a little boy sitting across from her. Diggs responded patiently: “Look at the card.” The boy read the word correctly this time, and Diggs nodded and handed him the card. Soon, two more students wandered over to play the flash card game and began calling out the …