—   Updated July 2017: In addition to several volunteer Executive Council positions that are open, AARP Maryland is also seeking a new volunteer State President who would start in 2018! Learn more and apply below (if interested in the State President position, please mention in your application). AARP Maryland is looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland – to help shape goals and …

— Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Awards honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Andrus Awards. All nominations must be submitted by June 2nd, 2017. Take some time and nominate a volunteer in your community. Click here for additional information.

AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.

—   Updated May 22 2017: The Spring Food Drive for 2017 is now over, and was a huge success! 30 stores across the state participated, with volunteer and food donors giving their all for this important cause. Read our special wrap-up blog for final drive numbers and to find photos from the various stores and volunteers. Thank you to all who helped in 2017! If you would like to be on the Harvest for the Hungry event planning team for 2018, …

— By Thomas Ferraro When state Del. C.T. Wilson, an ex-combat soldier, welcomed more than two dozen fellow veterans to the state capital recently, he urged them to step up, speak out and be heard. “It is not enough to allow our elected officials to wave their flag of veterans support every four years,” said Wilson (D-Bryans Road). “Let them know that they will be held accountable for their actions and support—or lack thereof.” Wilson’s message, delivered in an open letter …

— Is there information about AARP issues and events that you’d like to share with others? AARP Maryland is making that easier with the April 1 launch of its Social Squad, a team of social media ambassadors who will share AARP news and information via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and other platforms. The effort is powered by SocialToaster, a fan engagement platform. Marylanders can receive valuable content from AARP and send it with a single click to their friends, families …

— AARP Maryland and Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) invite Baltimore County area residents to learn about preventing elder abuse and take time to shred unneeded documents for free during an event on Thursday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. Register for free for this event! The event will be held at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD). The Forum time will be 9:30 …

— Mary Angela Baker, director of the Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning at Salisbury University, has been appointed to the AARP Maryland Executive Council, a select group of AARP members whose leadership, record of service, and commitment to the goals of the Association are exemplary. In her role on the volunteer board, Baker will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as a principal volunteer spokesperson for AARP in Maryland. “Mary Angela is …

— By Thomas Ferraro At 70, Veronica Henson serves on the front lines in the fight against poverty as a volunteer at Baltimore’s Furley Elementary School. She teaches kindergartners how to read. “Children need to know that someone cares,” said Henson, who tutors the students, including some from low-income families, one-on-one and in small groups. “A lot of them need help. I feel this is my calling.” The stakes are high. Research shows that children who can’t read proficiently by third …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to …

— AARP is proud to be part of a new Dementia Friendly America (DFA) initiative in Montgomery County. Montgomery County joins seven other communities across the nation in this movement, including Boston, Denver and Prince George’s County, MD. AARP has joined other organizations and community leaders, including the Montgomery County Area Office on Aging and BrightFocus. We are currently looking for Montgomery County area residents to volunteer with us to help increase the success of this initiative! If interested in learning more, …