— Washington, DC — AARP DC is pleased to announce that Wes Morrison has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Award honors outstanding individuals whose volunteer work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Every year AARP state offices across the country and in the U.S. territories choose an Andrus Award winner based …

— It’s Open Enrollment season! Now is the time to do research and determine which health plan is best for you, and your family in the year ahead. Here’s some information that may help with this process… Medicare Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7, 2017. You can compare the plans available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you choose, by visiting Medicare.gov or calling 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227). AARP advises to consider the “Four C’s” when reviewing …

— Are you new to your neighborhood or looking for ways to get involved? AARP DC wants residents to know there are eight member-led AARP chapters in the District, which offer health and wellness fairs, presentations on caregiving and fraud prevention, and outings such as Potomac River cruises and Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park. The Southwest Waterfront chapter, for example, has been active for 25 years, providing a variety of service opportunities, as well as programs to help keep …

— Get to Know AARP DC State President Joseph Williams, Sr. Reverend Joseph K. Williams, Sr. has served as the volunteer AARP DC State President since 2014. With more than 20 years of experience in the Human Services field and Organizational Development, he currently works as the Chief Executive Officer of Emmaus Services for the Aging and Emmaus Rehabilitation, LLC. He is a native Washingtonian, who grew up east of the Anacostia River. Joe is a graduate of the DC Public …

— AARP DC will donate $1,000 on behalf of the 2017 AARP DC Andrus Award winner to an eligible non-profit organization of his or her choosing. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Do you know a volunteer age 50+ making a significant difference in your neighborhood? Honor his or her dedication and commitment with AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for …

— “I enjoy reading and I enjoy learning,” said Ms. Janie Simmons.  After retiring from a 40+ year career with the government, Ms. Simmons didn’t know what she was going to do.  “I wasn’t going to let the dust accumulate under my feet,” she explained. She happened to read an ad in a local paper about a program called Experience Corps, an AARP Foundation program where volunteers, age 50 years and over, tutor and mentor more than 30,000 Kindergarten-3rd grade students …

— Are you interested in using your skills and talents to serve your neighborhood? AARP DC needs your service as a volunteer Ward Liaison! Volunteer Ward Liaison opportunities are available in Wards 1, 2, 3 and 8. We hope to fill these positions by June 30, 2017. The AARP District of Columbia State Volunteer Ward Liaisons are involved in a range of activities, which may include, but are not limited to: Building relationships with DC City Council members, Advising on opportunities …

— AARP Foundation Experience Corps matches children with caring volunteers 50 and older who take time to tutor and mentor children who need basic literacy skills and guidance.  Volunteers receive extensive training and staff support to enable them to  meet the children’s needs.  Volunteers must possess a high school diploma or GED, pass a criminal background check and a basic literacy screening.  Volunteers must complete at least 25 hours of training and serve preferably three days a week for  a total …

— Join AARP DC in congratulating Johnny Garcia, South Regional Advisor for Community, States and National Affairs, on being honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with the 2016 Metro DC’s Finest Award.   Each year, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation honors the city’s most accomplished men and women who show exemplary leadership, are active in their community, and excel in their profession or business.  This year Johnny was one of only sixteen honorees named from across the Greater Metro Area. The award ceremony …

— Join AARP on Tuesday, September 20 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET in AARP’s free Virtual Career Fair.  This live event is a great way for job seekers to: Re-charge their job search Connect with local and national employers and volunteer organizations, such as American Red Cross, AT&T, Toys R Us, and UnitedHealth Group Chat with recruiters, submit résumés, view job openings, and tap into on-site educational resources Get timely job search advice during four live webinars and half-dozen …

— On Sunday, September 11th and Monday, September 12th, AARP DC volunteers and staff participated in the AARP Foundation’s Celebration of Service Meal Pack Challenge. This year’s Celebration of Service event paid tribute to all the veterans and retired first responders who have given so much of their lives in service to others. It also lifted senior poverty out of the shadows and shined a spotlight on the needs of older adults who are struggling to secure the essentials. With the help …