2014 Andrus Award for Community Service recipient honored

Posted on 10/6/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy | Missouri | Volunteering   Judy Sherry of Kansas City was the recipient of the 2014 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. She was honored in a celebration was held at the Community Christian Church on September 17 in Kansas City. Sherry is a 74 year-old grandmother who, with another grandmother in Kansas, founded the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAG) in September 2013. Sherry currently serves …

AARP Missouri Advocacy Director Retires

Posted on 10/6/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy | Missouri Twenty-nine year employee Norma Collins hung up her legislative hat as Associate State Director for Advocacy in September and offered parting thoughts to share: “Arriving at AARP in 1985 was exciting. To have the opportunity to work for an organization that was celebrating the achievement of 20 million members was astounding at that time. Working in an area office (as they were called) serving seven states brings back memories of a cadre of volunteers working to “serve and not be …

Utility Watchdogs Eye Rate Requests

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Missouri By Tim Poor For Elisabeth Boone, rising utility rates are literally hitting home. “I live in an old house that is not exactly tight,” said Boone, 68, from Brentwood. “I watch the rates go steadily up and up. I’ve watched my own utility bills go up.” That’s one reason Boone was among 70 volunteers who recently agreed to be watchdogs for a new AARP Missouri program that aims to get citizens involved in the public utilities’ rate process. “We do …

Oct. 17: Grandfamily conference in Kansas City

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Missouri “Shaping Lives and Offering Hope” is the theme of the 2014 Grandfamilies Conference scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway in Liberty, MO is the site of the free event that is open to the public. The conference will feature informative sessions, exhibits and a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. “Raising a grandchild, niece, or nephew can be rewarding, but also challenging,” said Tonya Holmes, AARP …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program seeks volunteers

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Local Resources | Missouri | Money & Work | Volunteering This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown tremendously since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in …

How to Handle a Deer in Your Headlights

Posted on 09/22/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Missouri You don’t have to be a “deer in headlights” if you see a deer in your headlights this fall. October through December marks the peak time for deer activity on and off the road and nearly half of deer collisions happen during these months. Deer collisions can be nerve-wracking, harmful and costly. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute estimates that there are more than 1.6 million vehicle collisions with deer each year, resulting in over $4.6 billion in vehicle damage, …