Volunteers Improve Communities—Lend a Hand

Volunteers Improve Communities—Lend a Hand

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering By Cristina Rouvalis Since retiring as a computer company executive in 2000, John Kelly has spent every tax season helping people who dread the April 15 deadline. He and other AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers convert that anxiety into relief when they prepare tax returns for free and file them electronically. When taxpayers walk out the door, “they are all smiles,” said Kelly, 73, of Maple Glen. As the district manager for eight Tax-Aide sites in Philadelphia, Kelly trains 30 to …

Presents for Long Term Care Patients

Presents for Long Term Care Patients

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Volunteering It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. – AARP Founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus The holiday season is approaching, and AARP Pennsylvania is raising the awareness of our long term care residents across the state that may be overlooked during this time of year. AARP volunteers distribute more than 2,000 gifts annually to long term care residents across the state, and this year we need your help in the Philadelphia region! PRESENTS FOR …

Philadelphia Volunteer Marlene Trice Receives AARP Pennsylvania’s Andrus Award for Community Service

Philadelphia Volunteer Marlene Trice Receives AARP Pennsylvania’s Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 10/22/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Volunteering  Marlene Trice of Philadelphia has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and older, to receive Pennsylvania’s 2013 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  Named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making their communities better in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. The award was formally presented …

SNAP Helps Put Food on the Table

SNAP Helps Put Food on the Table

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

Volunteering By Cristina Rouvalis Whenever he’s at the doctor’s office, senior center or elsewhere in his hometown of Clairton, Bill Donnelly, 79, hands out postcards in hopes that one of his contemporaries will go to bed less hungry. “Hey, good looking,” he’ll say if he’s speaking to a woman—a line that inevitably elicits a smile and provides a playful opening for a serious subject. “We are working on trying to get people enrolled in the SNAP program.” “SNAP?” she might ask. …

Beyond Members - African American and Asian Outreach

Beyond Members – African American and Asian Outreach

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Volunteering Faith Leaders Religious leaders and community members gathered recently to learn more about AARP’s engagement within the African-American community in Philadelphia.   AARP and the Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging (PCA) hosted the diverse group of  over 50 interfaith leaders throughout the city.  The meeting included pastors, ministers, and ministry leaders collectively representing an estimated 12,000 congregation members throughout Philadelphia. Remarks offered by AARP State Director, Bill Johnston- Walsh and special AARP National consultant for Interfaith Outreach, Reverend D. Scruggs educated …

Hunger Grants for the Fight Against Food Insecurity

Hunger Grants for the Fight Against Food Insecurity

Posted on 05/14/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Volunteering According to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey, there are nearly 122,000 households in Southeastern Pennsylvania that must reduce the size of meals or skip meals entirely, because they cannot afford to purchase adequate amounts of food.  These statistics, among others, serve as a platform for AARP – in partnership with the AARP Foundation – to award several micro-grants to Philadelphia based community organizations aiding the costs of serving the vulnerable 50+ in the fight against hunger. AARP will select …