— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that Arnetta and Carl Baty are recipients of the 2017 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service. The 2017 Andrus Awards Luncheon was held on Oct. 21, at Carson Place in Dorchester. As community volunteers in the Codman Square area, Carl and Arnetta Baty (pronounced BAY-TEE) provide a plethora of service, from arranging monthly coffee hours, organizing a food pantry, hosting speakers on issues including health, housing, and safety, preparing CARE packages for families living …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. AARP Foundation and AARP Massachusetts are looking to expand the team of volunteers for the 2018 tax season by recruiting volunteers. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program 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 …

— Interested in a community-level volunteer opportunity that can truly make a difference in the life of a child and his or her future? We’re looking for people to be paired as volunteer literacy tutors to help children attending school in Boston and Revere improve their reading and literacy skills. At AARP Massachusetts, we work with Generations Incorporated, a highly regarded 25 year-old nonprofit organization in Greater Boston and the Massachusetts affiliate of AARP Foundation Experience Corps. Generations Incorporated matches volunteers with individual children who attend one of  …

— NEW! Read the June AARP Bulletin story about how one AARP Massachusetts volunteer uses social media to be involved in legislative advocacy! At AARP Massachusetts, we use a variety of methods to communicate with Bay State residents. We send out weekly email notifications about upcoming events, and our popular monthly e-Newsletter; we send press releases to newspapers, and radio and TV stations; we post information on our website; and we use social media. Our two social media platforms  — Facebook and Twitter — …

— By Jill Gambon Jane Ahern-DeFillippi, public policy junkie, closely tracks bills in Washington, D.C., or on Beacon Hill that could affect her community, especially its older residents. As a volunteer legislative advocate for AARP Massachusetts, Ahern-DeFillippi also posts and shares updates daily on Facebook. She helps keep others informed about health care reform, for example, and upcoming classes or events. She became a Facebook “power user” after participating in a social media workshop offered by AARP Massachusetts. In the class, …

— Do you know some hard-working and unsung volunteers? People who regularly give back in their communities by offering their time and talent? If so, consider nominating them for the AARP Massachusetts 2017 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service! This annual award honors  a 50+ Massachusetts resident who shares her or his experience, talent, and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. “AARP has long celebrated and recognized the achievement and important contributions of dedicated volunteers across …

— It’s National Volunteer Week – April 23-29, 2017 At AARP Massachusetts, we’re fortunate to have dedicated, enthusiastic, and dependable volunteers who assist us in myriad ways! While we THANK our volunteers as often as possible, National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 23-29, 2017, is a special time for us to applaud all the work our volunteers do. Enjoy this video slideshow, which shows images of just a few of our volunteers at various events: If you’re not already volunteering with us …

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” —a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, including Massachusetts, in recognition of  Money Smart Week, April 22-29. Money Smart Week is a collaboration between thousands of organizations across the United States that offer financial education programs, classes, and activities. AARP state offices plan to sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, …

— By Jill Gambon Dennis Hohengasser’s home computer had a virus and he worried he might lose files. A hasty internet search for Micro­soft tech support turned up a long list of links, so he clicked on the one at the top. But instead of reaching Microsoft, he ended up contacting a business that preyed on people seeking computer help. “I just wanted them to fix it,” said Hohengasser, 67, a retired training and staff development professional from Taunton. He gave …