— Earlier this month, 13 AARP members and volunteers helped collect more than 1,000 pounds in food donations for Nassau County veterans service agency VetMart. Volunteers stood outside the entrance to the Carl Place Stop&Shop and encouraged patrons to pick up a few extra items for the food drive while they did their usual shopping. The outpouring of generosity and compassion from the community was incredible – Donations came in by the bagful! Some shoppers handed over more in donations than …

— Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP New York’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from New York is selected each year. The winning nominee will receive a $5,000 check to donate to the non-profit organization of their …

— By James Odato Ron Rehner had a busy day of volunteering recently. He helped tape segments for Senior Notebook, the weekly volunteer interview program on a local television station. He set up a church hall for the monthly AARP chapter meeting, to which he chauffeured three members and gave a report. Throughout the day, Rehner, 80, tapped into a network of older people in Elmira doing things together. They are on his social calendar largely because of Chemung County’s certification …

— The AARP Oyster Bay volunteer team held a food drive earlier this year to benefit St. Kilian Parish Social Ministry.  The St. Kilian food pantry provides food and basic needs to hundreds of people each month.   We thank the pantry for allowing us to stock the pantry on a Saturday when they are usually closed.  This enabled us to collect the donations on a busier shopping day and for more hours.  “Wow, wow, wow!” said Nina Petersen, St. Kilian Outreach …

— R.A.I.N., Inc. has been a long time friend and partner to AARP. They are recruiting community members to be part of a new and very exciting Bronx Health Corps project aimed at educating 800 Bronx seniors on a range of health topics. The Bronx Health Corps is part of a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant designed to promote wellness and healthy aging among Bronx older adults. This project is a partnership between the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at the …

— Melissa Foster of Kenmore, N.Y., was presented with AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award for community service on Thursday, November 10. Foster, who founded and leads the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, has been selected by AARP New York, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive its 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service. Named for AARP Founder Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. …

— By Andrea Atkins  Leona Shuler’s parents used to say, “You can’t just come into this world and take, take, take. You’ve got to give back.” That’s why Shuler, 67, a Manhattanite who retired in 1998 from a career as an office manager, keeps on giving with AARP. Her two main activities are helping people find their “what’s next” as lead volunteer coordinator in New York for Life Reimagined and helping people—most of whom are over 50—prepare and file their income …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2016 AARP New York Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s …

— Just after the tax filing deadline and in time for spring cleaning, a shredding truck is coming to a city near you. AARP New York, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the AARP Fraud Watch Network and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) are hosting a statewide Shredfest, April 24-May 1. The events will be in New York City, Long Island, the Capital Region, Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Elmira, Glens Falls, Binghamton, Nyack and Poughkeepsie. Participants can bring up to three bags of paper …

— By Donna Liquori In New York’s North Country, an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program at a Plattsburgh senior center draws scores of people eager to file their income taxes early—and for free—to receive a refund to offset holiday expenses and utility bills. But some have difficulty leaving the house. That’s where Harold Vogel comes in. The volunteer crisscrosses the Adirondacks preparing the taxes of shut-ins when he’s not at the center. Vogel, 68, a professional tax preparer who has volunteered with …