Retirement has not stopped educators in Indiana from enhancing the lives of youth in the U.S. and abroad. Indiana’s Hancock County Retired Teachers Association (HCRTA) has won the 2014 NRTA With Our Youth! Excellence Award, in the local category, for collecting shoes for local children and African families in need. HCRTA is a unit of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.
“Retired educators in Hancock County embody the spirit of the NRTA With Our Youth! Award,” said Dara Dann, vice president for NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community. “Across the county, retired educators are taking action to meet the basic needs of families locally and abroad. Their volunteerism in retirement is evidence that educators are lifelong public servants who never stop putting their skills and passion to work. NRTA is deeply grateful for the contributions of these retired educators, and we are honored to shine a light on their accomplishments with the 2014 NRTA With Our Youth! Excellence Award,” Dann said.
Retired educators with the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association collaborated with a local homeless shelter to support the work of World Mission. With this non-profit organization, the retirees led a charge to collect shoes to be sold at a local thrift store, WEARhouse. The proceeds benefitted the children and families at Hope House, the local homeless shelter. Shoes also were collected for shipment to African families in need. Throughout the process, retired educators had to relocate the shoe collection area because the volume far exceeded expectations. The retirees cleaned out their closest and purchased shoes at garage sales and stores. Eventually, more than 1,000 pairs of shoes were purchased or collected.
“We are tremendously proud of our Hancock County chapter,” said Nancy Tolson, Indiana Retired Teacher Association Executive Director. “There is a spirit of service in their members that is inspiring to all of us.”
NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community creates real possibilities to strengthen America’s working and retired education community by protecting their financial security and fostering collaboration and volunteerism. Founded in 1947 by retired educator Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, NRTA has a membership of more than one million active and retired higher-ed and K-12 educators and school personnel at the local, state and national levels. The NRTA network includes a national office in Washington, D.C., 52 state and city associations, and more than 2,700 local associations. More information is available here.
The NRTA With Our Youth! Program was established by NRTA to provide opportunities for retired educators and youth to work together to address the needs of youth and the broader community. State and local retired educators association (REA) volunteers use the resources provided by NRTA to organize local self-sustaining service projects. In 1997, NRTA made a three-year pledge at the President’s Summit for America’s Future to serve 1.5 million youth in 2,000 communities with a total of 45 million service hours through the REAs. That goal was exceeded, and the program continues today. Each year, the organization provides national NRTA With Our Youth! volunteer awards to recognize outstanding work of state and local REAs, as well as individual volunteers. More information is available here.
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