FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2017
Contact: Jane Margesson
AARP Maine Communications Director
207-229-5628 or email@example.com
AARP MAINE SEEKS “ANDRUS AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE” NOMINEES
Annual Award Recognizes Volunteers Who Make a
Powerful Difference in their Community
PORTLAND: AARP Maine is seeking nominations for its 2017 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors those individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The annual award is named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP in 1958 at the age of 73.
“Volunteerism is clearly a new way of looking at retirement for older Americans,” says Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “Many are finding that they want to remain active and involved and that volunteerism fulfills this need and the desire to help others. Through this recognition, AARP Maine encourages members and prospective members to use their skills and assistance as a way to remain vital as well as make a difference in their community.”
The screening of nominees will be performed by a panel of AARP staff and volunteers. This screening includes the review of a range of criteria including each nominee’s positive impact on their community and the lives of individuals age 50 and over.
Rich Livingston, current AARP Maine Volunteer State President, stated “The AARP Maine Andrus Award acts as a symbol to our members and to the public that we can all work together for positive social change. AARP makes things better for society and has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities and neighbors.”
AARP Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Nominees must be 50 or older, but do not need to be a member of AARP;
- The achievements, accomplishments or service on which nominations are based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay;
- The achievements, accomplishments or service on which the nominations are based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission;
- Couples or partners who perform service together are eligible; however, teams are not;
- The recipient must live in the awarding state; and
- This is not a posthumous award.
The application deadline is July 1, 2017. Click here for nomination forms and further information.
The AARP Maine Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society. Last year’s recipient was Frank Whiting of Searsport.
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