— 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 …

— As the 2018 legislative session nears, AARP Maine will host a celebration to honor its volunteers—and meet potential new ones—on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell. AARP Maine will be calling on volunteers early in 2018 to help advocate on behalf of its 230,000 members and their families. With that in mind, the event will include training in advocacy and communication skills. In addition, the winner of AARP Maine’s Andrus Award for Community Service will be …

— 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 …

—   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service  AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of volunteers for its Tax-Aide program in Montana. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation. “Many older, low-income taxpayers miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned because they can’t afford to pay for professional tax preparation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide addresses this community need …

— One day. Six locations. 75 volunteers. Thousands of Oklahomans served. Across our state on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Ada, Clinton, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Shawnee and Tulsa, AARP volunteers and staff focused on Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope. AARP volunteers helped sort and pack more than 29,000 pounds of food AARP’s 16th Annual Day of Service. Thank you for making 2017 Day of Service such a success!  

— I have always loved to travel. Day trips, Sunday drives, extended vacations to faraway places – all have an element of surprise, discovery, friendship and wonder that feeds something deep within me. Everywhere you turn in Connecticut, there is a place with something to offer, a nugget to make it special, especially when viewed thru my “fresh perspective glasses.” So this blog is right up my alley. My name is Tia Murphy and I am the AARP Connecticut volunteer state …

— Are you looking for ways to make a difference in our community and “give back”, particularly to your fellow 50+ Gem Staters? If so, we would love to share how AARP Idaho is working to ensure that Idaho residents have choice, control and independence through every stage of their lives. Please join us for a volunteer team building workshop at our Boise office. What else can you expect? We will still offer the new member orientation at 1:15PM before each …

— AARP Delaware is conducting a statewide search for its new State President. This volunteer leader works in collaboration with other appropriate volunteers and staff to position AARP in Delaware, and achieve the AARP vision, mission, and strategic priorities. The State President will be governed by the policies and procedures of the Association. To apply, contact Carlos de los Ramos at cdelosramos@aarp.org. Responsibilities Serves as the principal AARP volunteer spokesperson in the state, communicating AARP messages statewide. Maintains a positive working …

— By Natalie Missakian Recently, while Tia Murphy was “trotting up the sides of hills” searching for rare birds, a 20-something in her bird-watching group complimented her for keeping up. “I said, ‘Why do you think I shouldn’t be?’ ” Murphy, 63, of Bethel, recalled. Murphy said the remark was well intentioned—the woman has since become one of her good “birding buddies”—but it highlights the type of attitude she wants to change as a volunteer for Disprupt Aging, a project of AARP …

— If someone with more professional experience offered you guidance early in your career, here’s a chance to pay it forward. AARP Maryland has teamed up with Associated Black Charities (ABC) to recruit mentors for its Volunteer Career Mentor program. The volunteers help low-income workers of color identify their strengths, improve performance and set career goals. Want to help? Contact Bernard K. Sims of ABC at 410-659-0000, extension 1712, or bsims@abc-md.org. For more information, go to abc-md.org.