— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           September 28, 2016   CONTACT: Ann Secrest asecrest@aarp.org 907-762-3302 or 907-230-6072   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, …

— June 8, 2016 Today, volunteers and staff from every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregivingand Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff will carry crucial asks: AARP advocateswill ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, …

— Alaska End of Session Wrap-Up 2016 by Ken Helander, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska Since legislators did not come to agreement on the state’s budget, which they must pass according to the state constitution, as well as some other major items left hanging, the governor called a special session to begin immediately. Nevertheless, it has, to this point, been a consequential and somewhat productive session. While the overriding theme for legislators was the severe loss of state revenue due to low …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2015 Local organization receives award for offering driving refresher courses in 2014 ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Driver Safety recognized the Anchorage Senior Activity Center with the inaugural “Top State Host” Award for its outstanding support in 2014 collaborating with local AARP Driver Safety volunteers to host its classroom-based driving refresher course, designed to help drivers stay safe and confident behind the wheel. “We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers at the Anchorage Senior …

— AARP Alaska is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute which recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is Wednesday, July 15. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your nomination online.   Q: Who is eligible to be nominated? A: Nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community …

— Elder Mentors have been improving children’s success in Head Start, classroom and other community settings across Alaska for more than 30 years. By providing one-on-one help with school work, modeling social and cultural values, and offering emotional support to children with exceptional/special needs, Elder Mentor volunteers offer the intergenerational relationships so important to healthy child development. Alaska’s Elder Mentors serve through the national Foster Grandparent – Senior Corps Program. Program goals include increasing school readiness for preschool children, increasing school …

— Seniors like Janet and her husband Jim make up 13% of the Alaskans who need a little help with food each month. The Food Bank of Alaska distributes food boxes to more than 1,600 seniors every month in not only Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Kenai but also in rural locations from Wrangell to Copper Center. If you are a low-income senior who could benefit from this program or if you know a senior who could benefit, please contact Sandy Mitchell at …

— ANCHORAGE, AK –– Ken Osterkamp, AARP Alaska State Director is pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Snyder of Palmer as Alaska’s new volunteer State President. This position is the top volunteer role in Alaska for AARP, which is Alaska’s largest membership organization with more than 86,000 members.  The appointment was made by Carlos Brandenburg, AARP Regional Volunteer Director for the West Region. Terry has resided in Alaska for 40 years, and is well known and respected in the community for …

— AARP Driver Safety is seeking a highly qualified person to serve as the Alaska State Coordinator. This is an unpaid volunteer position. This key position requires both a commitment to the policies and direction of Driver Safety, and the ability to use effective leadership skills to advance the program at the state level. We are seeking a qualified volunteer leader with the ability and initiative to meet new challenges. The State Coordinator coaches, motivates and provides direction to Driver Safety …

— AARP Alaska recently sat down with Anne Drago, Chair of the AARP Anchorage Community Council. AARP: How would you describe your professional background?Anne: My professional background is a mix of small business ownership and management followed by both paid and volunteer work in non-profit administration, specializing in the fields of public relations, marketing, fund raising, and event planning. AARP: Tell us about your accomplishments; what are you most proud of?Anne: I enjoy being challenged and exceeding goals and expectations. I …