Help Hungry Marylanders “Spring Forward” During Food Drive

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Events | Home & Family | Local Resources | Volunteering Looking for a list of the “stuff-a-bus” sites in Maryland? Find all information below!  More than 773,000 Marylanders are unsure of where their next meal is coming from and, especially after the holidays, help is needed more than ever. Last year’s Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry food drive collected 4,750 bags of food for hungry Marylanders – equaling more than 47,500 pounds of food and 39,583 meals! This year’s campaign runs from 2/28 – 3/8, and we have partnered with Maryland …

How Would You Handle a Vehicle Breakdown?

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP National | Comments

Uncategorized By Julie E. Lee It’s the peak time of year when the elements can wreak havoc on our roadways and vehicles, giving us the least ideal driving conditions. However, your vehicle can also break down in the most pristine conditions or shortest of drives. Whether your vehicle is having a mechanical failure, an overheated engine, or a flat tire, it’s important to know what to do in case it does break down. Hopefully it never happens, but if it does, …

Be Aware of Tax Identity Theft

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Money & Work | Uncategorized By: Deborah Banda Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem. To date, the IRS has identified around 15 million false tax returns alone. For more information on the latest trends in tax identify theft, check out AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. And you can also view targeted information and a special video devoted to tax identity theft awareness …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later: Leaders Say the March to the Polls is Still Indispensable

Posted on 02/19/2015 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Advocacy | Uncategorized As America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), millions of eyes are on the hard-fought battle that was finally won in 1965. Forums, documentaries, and movies, such as “Selma,” are permeating the airwaves with the historic events that led to the Congressional passage of the VRA, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965. But, even as the celebration of the victory has begun, there are those whose eyes remain focused on …

Dr. Carter G. Woodson: His Peculiar Road to Becoming the Father of Black History

Posted on 02/10/2015 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Community He was born to former slaves in 1875. His parents, Anne Eliza (Riddle) and James Henry Woodson, could neither read nor write. Instead of going to school, he stayed home and worked the family farm in New Canton, Va. Having largely taught himself, he didn’t attend high school until he was 20 years old. And yet, as a man with this humble childhood experience, Carter Godwin Woodson went on to attend Berea College in Kentucky, the University of Chicago, Sorbonne …

Economic Empowerment: The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights

Posted on 02/10/2015 by | AARP Maryland | Comments

Community National Urban League President/CEO Marc Morial, who last year hosted a conference themed, “Bridges to Jobs and Justice,” often stresses the need for poor people to have jobs as a key to economic empowerment and civil rights. Marcia Griffin, founder of Homefree USA, says home ownership is crucial to economic empowerment since “96 percent of African-American wealth is in our homes.” Michael Grant, president/CEO of the National Bankers Association, says the key to economic empowerment in the Black community is …