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 …

AARP SEEKS “2014 ANDRUS AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE” NOMINEES

Posted on 04/23/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Volunteering AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Minnesotans over the age of 50 who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.  Individuals do not need to be AARP volunteers or members to be nominated.  AARP will make a $1,000 donation to an approved charity of the award winners choosing. “AARP Minnesota is excited to shine a light on older Minnesotans who are using …

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’ …