AARP Virgin Islands is once again making preparations for a major volunteer event! That event is officially known as the St. Croix Agricultural and Food Fair or Ag Fair to most. It is the ultimate good time for both young and old alike. “Ag Fair,” according to AARP State Director, Denyce Singleton, “Is the event everyone plans to attend. Whether it is to volunteer at the AARP VI booth or to take advantage of the sights and sounds of the fair, there is truly something for everyone.”
Fair goers also have the opportunity to purchase uniquely locally grown plants, spend the day with their children or grandchildren seeing the animals, or riding the carnival rides. Participants can also feast on many of the local delicacies available in the Food Building or dance to the sounds of a variety of live bands. The Fair also serves as a great way to help residents gain information on products, services and information. Participants have the unique opportunity to gain valuable information by visiting a variety of booths presented by non-profit and government agencies.
AARP takes full advantage of this unique opportunity to reach out to both its members and its potential members by sponsoring a booth each year. The booth features a theme related to either the work that the national AARP office has selected for its primary focus or a local issue of great significance to Virgin Islanders. In 2013 the AARP booth will have a health care theme as a result of its partnership with the Virgin Islands Medical Institute (VIMI). There will be plenty of give-aways of promotional items to support this year theme, as well as a daily raffle.
AARP volunteers will also be representing the Driver Safety Program at the AARP booth. Volunteers will be on hand throughout all three days of the fair signing up driver safety class participants. Another feature of the booth will be spinning AARP’s famous wheel where participants can win prizes by correctly answering AARP Driver Safety related questions posed by the booth’s volunteers.
More importantly, AARP members visiting the booth will be able to instantly check their membership status. To do so, members with their AARP membership card will be able to electronically scan their card to find out information about their membership. Members, who have not yet received the new card containing a magnetic strip on the reverse side, can make an electronic request for one simply by answering a few questions identifying themselves in the AARP database.
AARP members who would like to volunteer to work at the AARP booth are being asked to contact the State Office at 340-713-2002.
“But, perhaps the best part of volunteering for the AARP booth,” states Singleton, “Is that it is great fun. This is the one time of the year when our AARP volunteers can meet and greet dignitaries from the VI and other islands, as well as catch up with friends and family members they haven’t seen in a long time. Ag Fair truly has something for everyone!”