Stay Informed: Join Online Community

Posted on 12/16/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering To deepen its connection with members, AARP Ohio is encouraging those who enjoy social media to become part of its online community. Members who “like” AARP at facebook.com/aarpoh or “follow” at twitter.com/AARPOhio can get news, discounts and notices about AARP events. In addition, members can sign up for email updates at aarp.org/yes2emailOH. “Through these online media tools, members can stay informed and share strategies to make their lives better at 50-plus,” said Valerie Disalvio, AARP program specialist. AARP offers online …

Tutors get a Boost from Helping Students

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Sarah Hollander We all have that teacher we remember decades later, the adult who took a real interest in us when we were kids. For James Williams, that teacher was Ms. Yancy. Her special attention made him consider a career in teaching. Williams went into banking, but his interest in teaching never waned. Now 71, the Shaker Heights retiree has become a classroom fixture through Experience Corps, a national AARP literacy tutoring program. He spends 15 hours or more …

Finding fulfillment in a Life Reimagined

Posted on 11/29/2014 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 …

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 …

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 …