Barbara ServiceAARP Hawaii is seeking nominations for the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors individuals who give of their experience, talent, and skills in making valuable contributions to the community.

The award reflects the spirit of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work 56 years after she founded AARP to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose. Nominations are open to any Hawaii volunteer age 50 or older – not just AARP members. The application deadline is June 30, 2016.

“Each day in Hawaii hundreds of volunteers, from all walks of life, have a transformative impact in communities across the state,” said AARP State President Gerry Silva. “It’s important to acknowledge that impact and let volunteers know that their service is recognized and valued.”

The screening of nominees will be performed by AARP Hawaii volunteer leaders and involves a range of criteria, including positive impact on the lives of individuals age 50 or older, improvement of the community in or for which the work was performed, and serving as an inspiration to others to volunteer.

Andrus Award nominees must meet the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Nominee must be 50 years or older.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.
  • The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.