AARP is more active than ever in your community. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people aged 50-plus, with more than 950,000 members in Washington state, we provide information and resources on issues that matter most to you, your family and your friends. At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. Through education, advocacy and service, AARP volunteers and staff work together to address community needs. With your skills, knowledge and wisdom, you’re uniquely equipped to make a difference in your community.

Today, we need your know-how and enthusiasm more than ever to help us achieve the goals AARP members care about most—health and financial security, long-term care planning, aging in place, safer and stronger communities, and many more. Share your lifetime of experience by volunteering your time, talent and expertise to make a difference in your community, in Washington State, and across the country with AARP. Here is how you can get involved:

AARP Community Outreach Volunteer
Community Outreach Volunteers serve as AARP liaisons to the community, local organizations and groups. In partnership with staff and other outreach volunteers, they help to create strategies and plans for engaging AARP members throughout Washington State. Volunteer at events, conferences, and community meetings; and identify local events and opportunities to increase AARP visibility. Click here for more information on becoming a Community Outreach Volunteer.

AARP Advocacy Volunteer
Advocacy volunteers keep up to date on state and federal issues through monthly phone conference calls, and regular e-mail updates regarding various policy and legislation of interest to AARP members. They periodically meet with State Legislators and other elected officials. During the winter legislative session they participate in AARP’s Legislative Luncheon in Olympia, attend committee hearings and stay in touch with their state lawmakers by phone and e-mail regarding AARP’s state legislative agenda. Click here for more information on becoming an Advocacy Volunteer.

AARP Capitol Action Team
Volunteers on this team work on issues related to the State Legislature in Olympia. Activity is most frequent during the legislative session, January – April. Team members track bills, attend hearings and meetings, and interact directly with legislative staff and lawmakers. We work on a range of health, long term care, consumer protection, housing and other policy issues. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the legislative process and be part of democracy in action. Support is provided through a pre-session training and weekly drop-in meetings. For more information, contact AARP Advocacy Director Cathy MacCaul at cmaccaul@aarp.org, 206-517-2324.

AARP Executive Council Member
The AARP Washington Executive Council is a team of diverse volunteer leaders who bring a variety of skills, experiences and backgrounds to this state leadership team. Our Executive Council team helps to increase our impact and relevance across Washington State by working in partnership with state office staff and other leadership volunteers. We are currently seeking new Executive Council members who live in King County. Click here for more information on how to apply for a position on our Executive Council.

AARP Driver Safety
Volunteer with AARP Driver Safety, which each year helps nearly 600,000 older drivers enhance their safe driving skills. Several positions are available, including course instructors, program coordinators, trainers, and telephone coordinators. Courses to the public consist of two 4-hour sessions and are taught several times throughout the year. To see more, check out this short video profile of AARP volunteer Corine Olson. For more information, email drive@aarp.org.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest, free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. AARP Tax-Aide helps 2.5 million low- and middle-income people file tax returns each year, with special attention to those who are ages 60 and older. Volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS. In addition to volunteers willing to learn tax preparation, there is a need for technical people who have a computer hardware or software background, and for non-computer roles such as greeters and site organizers – they would not be required to take the IRS tax certification. These positions are active from December through early April of each year.

AARP Create the Good
And finally, if you don’t see something above that catches your eye, check out AARP Create the Good, where you’ll find lots of ways to get involved and help others.

Anyone can visit Create the Good to find or post ways to get involved in activities that help neighbors and communities. With our new, robust searchable database you can find an activity that suits your schedule and your interests – whether you have 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days.

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