AARP@TheStateHouse aims to organize volunteers who will make their presence known at the State House every Tuesday of the legislative session and on days of key votes.
On hand outside the doors of the House and Senate (and, with permission, venturing onto the floor befor the session is call to order), the volunteers push for consumer protections, support for family caregivers and other issues important to Rhode Islanders age 50-plus.
“A steady stream of AARP volunteers is be hard for lawmakers to miss,” said Deanna Casey, AARP associate state director for advocacy. "And this being Rhode Island, our volunteers are quick to make personal connections once a conversation starts. Legislators remember that."
Volunteers Janet Fenton and Sandra Norton join Deanna and Rochelles Jennings from the State Office on Tuesday, February 27.
Participants are briefed on current key issues at the AARP state office at 10 Orms Street before heading off each week. AARP provides free parking and transportation to the State House, sparing volunteers that strenuous hike up Smith Hill. To get involved, call 401-248-2655 or email Deanna at firstname.lastname@example.org
State House photo by thurdl01/flickr