— This afternoon, AARP Texas is joining the City of Houston, Texas Legal Services Center (TLSC), Texas Ratepayers’ Organization to Save Energy (Texas ROSE), One Voice Texas and the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies in filing a Petition for Emergency Rulemaking before the Texas Public Utility Commission to extend electricity customer protection rules for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson released the following statement. “AARP Texas joins the City of Houston and other organizations today in …

— By Enrique Rangel When retired Austin Municipal Judge John R. Vasquez hung up his robe two years ago, he didn’t see himself living a life of leisure. “I didn’t want to be in my house all the time,” Vasquez, 62, said recently. “I wanted to give back to my community.” Two months after leaving the courthouse and moving to San Antonio, where he was born and raised, he found his calling as an AARP volunteer. “I’ve gotten involved more and …

— In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) has been presented a Texas Legislative Leadership Award from AARP Texas, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization for older Texans. Hancock, who chairs the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, sponsored major legislation during the regular session to help combat elder financial abuse and surprise medical bills. The bills, backed by AARP, have been signed into law by the governor. A bill Hancock …

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— Looking for a short-term job where you also can help with the recovery effort of Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria? AARP is assisting the Small Business Administration as it looks to hire thousands of temporary employees to help with disaster relief efforts due to the recent storms. Opportunities include loan specialists, damage verifiers, and legal assistants. Positions are available from now until December 31. Some of the positions will be located at an SBA processing center in Dallas. Learn more here. …

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— Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas may be eligible for disaster-related loans issued by the Small Business Administration. Relief is available to businesses needed to repair or replace property or to get their businesses restarted after suffering economic injury from the storm. Learn more here about the loans.     

— AARP Texas is teaming up with residents of the Linwood neighborhood of Fort Worth, the City of Fort Worth, and others to create a “Better Block” demonstration project. The Linwood Better Block initiative gets underway this week with a “Community Walk & Talk” that takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Linwood Park entrance, 362 Foch Street. The event is free and open to the public. Members of the news media are encouraged to …

— Los desastres naturales tal como el Huracán Harvey permanecen con nosotros mucho más allá de la duración de la tormenta. Además de la dolorosa pérdida de vidas, el proceso de reconstrucción de viviendas e infraestructuras afectadas tarda meses, y en este caso, anticipamos que tardará años. Casi de inmediato después del desastre aparecen estafadores sin escrúpulos que se aprovechan de las víctimas, vendiendo servicios o productos engañosos o sin valor. El trauma de eventos como este afecta a mucha gente …

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— Community organizer and volunteer Albert Valtierra has worn many hats: company executive, historian, grandfather, activist. But lately the proud Mexican-American and retiree of 20 years has been wearing a different hat – a party hat. Partnering with AARP, Valtierra and the Dallas Mexican-American League will host Fiesta Diez y Seis con AARP. The Sept. 17 celebration in Dallas is one of over 10 upcoming community events organized by AARP Texas and other groups in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, …

— Would you like to be a driving force behind positive change in the lives of others? Are you an encouraging teacher who’s great at organizing and directing? AARP is proud to announce an opening for the position of AARP Driver Safety state coordinator for Texas. AARP Driver Safety is an award-winning program that is growing nationwide. As a state coordinator volunteer, you’ll work with others in engaging and life-saving ways. The state coordinator recruits, coaches and provides direction to AARP Driver Safety volunteers. …

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— Natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey can create high levels of stress and anxiety for survivors. Research shows most recover but others can suffer psychological disorders like post-tramautic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Those who need to talk are urged to seek help. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has made its disaster distress helpline available at 800-985-5990 to serve those experiencing emotional distress related to a natural …