Retired nurse Ann Van Hoff of Omaha was recognized with AARP Nebraska's 2012 Andrus Award for Community Service

Retired nurse Ann Van Hoff of Omaha was recognized with AARP Nebraska’s 2012 Andrus Award for Community Service.

AARP Nebraska is seeking nominations for its 2013 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Nebraskans who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

“We want to recognize Nebraskans age 50 and older who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Robin Szwanek, community outreach director with AARP Nebraska.

For the first time starting in 2013, Nebraska’s Andrus Award recipient will be honored with a $2,500 purse to donate to the charity of their choice.

Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Nebraska based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. The award recipient will be announced on or around September 1, 2013.

AARP Nebraska Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominee must be 50 years or older.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.
  • Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not eligible.
  • This is not a posthumous award.

Nomination forms can be found online at  www.aarp.org/AndrusAward.

People can also contact Robin Szwanek in the AARP Nebraska office at 1-866-389-5651 toll free or rszwanek@aarp.org  for further information and a nomination form. The application deadline is June 1, 2013.

The AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society.  Last year, AARP recognized 52 outstanding individuals from around the country.