— AARP Kansas is pleased to announce that Magda Garret has joined our team. Magda, who lives in Wichita, will work out of our office in the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center. The office is located at 2755 E. 19th Street N., Wichita. Magda has 22 years of experience as a social worker in a variety of settings. She most recently worked with the PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Colorado. Prior to that, she worked with terminally …

— Working to make Kansas the best state in which to live is something we take very seriously at AARP. And it couldn’t happen without the efforts of AARP Kansas volunteers who dedicate much of their time working on advocacy issues, community service, and volunteer support. From pushing for passage of the CARE Act supporting caregivers, to providing help with taxes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, to teaching Driver Safety classes, to advocating for affordable utilities, to celebrating diversity, to teaching how …

— Each year, AARP presents its most prestigious award, the Ethel Percy Andrus Award for Community Service, to an individual or individuals who, through volunteer service, significantly enhance the lives of those in their community. This award symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. In November 2016, AARP Kansas presented its Andrus Award to Ann Garvin of Topeka. Garvin, a long-time AARP Kansas volunteer, is a retired teacher and businesswoman. For 22 …

— Outsmarting investment fraud and learning how to be a part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and all it has to offer are just two of the topics that will be discussed at the 18th Annual Western Summit in Hays on Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Other topics include activities for seniors at the Hays Recreation Center, athletics at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), fraudulent practices in acquiring antiques, a presentation on relationships with China by Dr. Ed Hammond, education professor …

— 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, during the tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone …

— There was a packed house at the Botanica Gardens in Wichita in August as area residents gathered to hear about volunteer opportunities that are available through AARP Kansas. While many of those who attended know AARP for its discounts and insurance product endorsements, many didn’t realize that AARP recruits volunteers to do a variety of work in communities across the state such as advocacy, community outreach, helping prepare tax returns, and teaching safer driving,  as well as serving on the AARP Executive Council and …

— On June 3, 2016, AARP welcomed new members and officers to its all-volunteer Board of Directors, including the organization’s newest Board Chair, Joan Ruff, of Kansas.  The new Board President is Eric Schneidewind, of Michigan, the Board member who serves as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson. Along with four other officers, they will serve until June of 2018. The all-volunteer, Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP. The Board provides strategic direction, sets policy and provides governance oversight for AARP. …

—   AARP Kansas staff, and volunteers from across the state, were joined by members of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new state office location on Friday, May 20th.  The new office is located at 6220 SW 29th Street, Suite 300 in Topeka. It’s near the corner of 29th and Wanamaker and shares the building with the Community Blood Bank. The AARP Kansas state office was formerly located in downtown Topeka at 6th and …

—   Every year AARP Kansas recognizes an outstanding volunteer in our state with The Andrus Award. The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who  spark change and improve their communities one act at a time. The award honors the spirit of AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, who started AARP when she found a retired educator in need. The Kansas recipient in 2015 was Robert J. “Bob” Roberts, who is an AARP advocacy volunteer and a member of the Pittsburg AARP chapter. …

— AARP Kansas invites members and their guests to an open house May 20, from noon to 6 p.m., at its new office in southwest Topeka. Attendees can learn more about AARP and consider ways to volunteer. The office, at 6220 SW 29th St., Suite 300, offers free parking. Guests can visit with AARP staff and volunteers and enjoy some snacks while learning about local caregiving resources, how to prevent fraud, how to help keep utility rates affordable and how to …