— Just because it’s chilly outside, doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time! We’re working in your neighborhood and hope you’ll join us. Here are some of the fun opportunities we have coming up that we hope you’ll join us for. All are welcome! Tuesday, February 14th: Tuesday’s at the Statehouse What better way to celebrate Valentines Day then by showing a little love to our state legislators in Augusta? Our monthly “Tuesday’s at the Statehouse,” event …

— AARP Maine Announces Winner of Annual Andrus Award for Community Service Honor Goes to Volunteer Fire Fighter and Searsport Resident, Frank Whiting PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today that retired volunteer fire fighter and Searsport resident, Frank Whiting, is the winner of the 2016 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives of others, and it is the most prestigious and visible award …

— VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM Nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service   AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers in Maine for the upcoming tax filing season by recruiting interested individuals.  Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that, during the tax season, offers free tax filing help to those who need it most, especially to adults 50 and older. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment.  There …

— Our Annual Day of Service Brings AARP Maine to Preble Street For 15 years, AARP staff and volunteers around the country have responded to the tragic events of September 11 by volunteering in our communities. Each year on September 11th, every AARP office across the country closes its doors and we all participate in a Day of Service, donating a full work day to a designated project in our own communities.  Here in Maine, as we have in years past, our …

— We’re excited to announce the launch of AARP Maine’s new speaker series, “Dirigo Speaks.” Partnering with the Bangor Daily News, we’re thrilled to present a new platform for Maine leaders and regional news-makers to share opinions, ideas and perspectives on what’s happening (and not happening) here in the Pine Tree State. Our first events have been confirmed for the Bangor area and we hope  that you’ll join us for all three of them next month! Here are the details and …

— “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” – Fmr. Vice President and US Senator, Hubert H. Humphrey (excerpted from the final speech) Two summers ago, we led a small troupe of volunteers and staff up to a small farm in Houlton, Maine in …

— Meet with AARP staff and volunteers, share ideas with community leaders and political decision makers, and build relationships within your community at AARP Maine’s Fall Social. The event will be Sept. 8, 4 to 7 p.m., at the AARP state office, 53 Baxter Blvd., in Portland. The evening will feature music, refreshments and conversation. Guests can learn more about AARP Maine’s plans to advocate in the next legislative session for bills that could strengthen financial security for all Mainers and …

— This friday, as part of our monthly community coffees in Bangor, we’ll be welcoming democratic congressional candidate Emily Cain! Every second Friday of the month, our members and local partners get together for coffee and bagels at Bagel Central’s new community meeting room at 29 Central Street. In March, we welcomed Congressman Bruce Poliquin who spoke to an over-capacity crowd about caregiving, federal funding for the Older Americans Act (which he supported), and why he believes the best way we …

— Each month in several communities around Maine, our volunteers and members get together to check-in and figure out ways to begin making an impact in their own communities. Whether it’s part of our Livable Communities and Age Friendly work or related to our strong state advocacy campaigns, there’s a wealth of opportunities worth plugging into. These coffees are your chance to get connected and hear a bit more about how to help your communities benefit from some of this important work. …

— Thanking Volunteers Across Maine: A message from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Each year during the month of April, we honor volunteers across the country with a special week: National Volunteer Week.  In 2016, this celebratory week of April 10th-16th offers a wonderful opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers in Maine.  If, as I am, you are lucky enough to work with volunteers, I hope you will join me as we celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing individuals. Dr. …