— Individuals ages 50 and older make tremendous contributions to improve our communities. Their life and professional experiences shape and inform their ability to disrupt, innovate, and create. They truly are champions and trailblazers, and their efforts and groundbreaking contributions need to be recognized. That’s why AARP Illinois and Crain’s Chicago Business have joined together to launch 50@50+ Illinois – a recognition of Illinoisans over the age of 50 who are making a positive impact in their communities. They don’t adhere …

— With the 2017 legislative session under way, AARP Illinois is urging lawmakers to pass a fully functional budget that helps older residents continue to live independently in their own homes. Among other issues, the state office is fighting for affordable utility rates and supportive services for family caregivers. AARP Illinois invites members to amplify these efforts by joining its advocacy team. Volunteer training sessions will be scheduled in Chicago and Springfield. Interested? Call Teresa Jones at 217-747-8881 or email her …

—     Please join AARP Experience Corps on Thursday, October 6th for a Volunteer Recruitment  event held at Chicago Public Library’s King Branch located at 3436 S. King Dr. at 1pm.     Learn what one can do to make a lasting difference in the life of a child and help improve reading scores for Chicago Public School student. For more information call 312-660-8655 or email at www.aarp.org/ecchicago  

— Tuesday, September 13th, AARP Chicago held a standing room only Fall Volunteer Recruitment Session at the Chicago Public Library’s Martin Luther King Branch located at 3436 South King Drive. Participants were educated about AARP’s History, Impact in the Community, and how one can contribute to our worthwhile organization. The event included a ‘Speed dating’ segment where various divisions such as Fraud Watch Network, Drivers Safety, Advocacy , and other departments conveyed the features, advantages, and benefits of AARP.   Thank …

— For the past 12 years AARP has diverted from its routine business to conduct a service project in various communities across the United States as a way of demonstrating their support and concern for Americans touched by the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. What began as an immediate reaction to a horrific event in one community has become an annual tribute to all American communities. Nationally, AARP now designates September 11th as its NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE and …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli For 28 years, Mary Anne Stewart, of Rock Island, has spent a big chunk of her spring doing tax returns. What could easily be a circle of hell for some people is satisfying for Stewart, a retired librarian with an MBA. Her work, as a volunteer and district coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Illinois, “always reminds me that the world is made up of all different types of people, with different problems,” said Stewart, …

—     CHICAGO–AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of tax-loving volunteers. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, …

— Every year AARP seeks  nominations for the annual Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors one volunteer who has shared their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. This year’s award goes to Robert Ehlert of Des Plaines, Illinois. Robert is the Director and founder of the Salvation Army Jobs Program (Des Plaines, IL Corp.) and spends his time helping individuals, especially military and special needs veterans, find work. Since the program started in 2008, …

—   Dr. William J. Gardner of 1917 Sierra Court Pekin, Illinois has been selected as the AARP Driver Safety National Volunteer of the year award.   The prestigious Michael Seaton Volunteer of the Year Award is the highest award within the AARP Driver Safety Program. The Volunteer of the Year Award Program begins at the local level with the Volunteer of the Month Award. Those 12 monthly  recipients move on to compete for the  Illinois State Volunteer of the Year …

— Following a statewide search, Rosanna Márquez, of Chicago, has been named as AARP Illinois State President effective immediately. As State President, which is a volunteer position, Ms. Márquez will work closely with the Association’s Illinois Executive Council and State Director Bob Gallo, leading AARP’s 1.7 million Illinois members.  “I am very excited to be joining AARP as it seeks to engage in more meaningful ways with prospective partners and its target constituency in every community in Illinois,” “I am very …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli Twice a week, Bernard Coach­man spends 90 minutes tutoring second graders at Beethoven Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side. Coachman, a retired customer service rep, has no teaching experience. Still, his work as an Experience Corps volunteer tutor has earned a gold star. The 2013-14 school year marked Experience Corps’ debut in Chicago public schools. During that inaugural year, 130 volunteers tutored 974 students in 89 classrooms at 14 elementary schools. At the start of the school …