Your help has never been more important

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Volunteering It’s never been more important. Elementary school students in kindergarten through third grade are learning to read. After third grade, they are reading to learn. In Ohio, students must pass the state reading proficiency test in order to advance from third to fourth grade. Eighty percent of students who have not learned to read by fourth grade end up dropping out of school before graduation. Seventy percent of America’s prison population reads at below fourth-grade level. AARP Experience Corps needs …

Finding fulfillment in a Life Reimagined

Posted on 07/29/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Volunteering By Deb Jaquith                                                                                                                                      AARP Experience Corps Bill Schwarber enjoyed a long career as a special education teacher in Solon City schools. “As an educator of children, the 30-year retirement carrot was dangled in front of me. In my mind this was too hard to pass on. So I bit. I enjoyed my new life.” An avid cyclist, he and his wife logged several thousand miles in 45 states. He also enjoyed cooking, fishing, home-remodeling, and gardening. But he knew he …

Know inspiring volunteers? Let’s honor them

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Volunteering AARP now is accepting nominations for its 2014 Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Ohioans age 50+ who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Ohio is excited to shine a light on 50+ Ohioans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Jane Taylor, AARP State Director. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Ohio based on how the …

Take the Road to Safer Driving

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

Volunteering By Vince McKelvey Bob Rankin, of suburban Cincinnati, spent part of his working life overseeing training, so it was only natural that, once he had taken an AARP Driver Safety course, he’d want to teach it. “They were talking about getting instructors,” said Rankin, 80, who spent 43 years with Ryerson Inc., a metals distribution company. “When I was working, I was the regional manager of training, and I said, ‘This looks pretty neat.’ ” That was in 2004. Now, as …

A little of your time can make a big difference

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Volunteering Non-profit organizations serving neighborhoods throughout Summit County invite you to stop by  for refreshments and discussion about how a little of your time can make a big difference in your community when AARP and the Summit County United Way sponsor a volunteer fair the evening of Monday,  March 31, at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls. On hand to answer your questions and discuss volunteer opportunities will be the Akron-Canton Food Bank, Summit County Historical Society, Summa Health System, Akron …

Volunteer Leadership Institute graduates first class

Posted on 01/15/2014 by | AARP Ohio | Comments

Volunteering Darine Prok of Medina has graduated as a member of the inaugural class of AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute (VLI).  She was one of 23 exceptional volunteers from across the country who completed the course. VLI is a rigorous and innovative training opportunity launched by AARP in December 2012 to mobilize highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  The first class met both in person and virtually over a 13-month period to build their leadership strengths in …