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Ann Cox loves to volunteer. For the past few years, the 71-year-old retired schoolteacher has volunteered to help at free AARP movie screenings, breakfast networking events, caregiving workshops and shred-a-thons, where people bring sensitive documents like credit card statements for shredding. 

“You meet so many wonderful people,” said Cox, of Glendale.

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COVID-19’s spread has dramatically limited in-person activities, but that hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm. Now she goes online to check out AARP events, which have gone virtual.

“The most important thing is that our members and volunteers stay safe,” said Alex Juarez, AARP Arizona communications director.

Events will remain online until it’s safe again to interact with others in person. Offerings include yoga and fitness classes, concerts, music instruction and exclusive film previews.

Cox now calls or has video chats with people who can’t leave home or need someone to shop for them. “I still get to meet people, just not face-to-face,” she said.

AARP Arizona is looking for more volunteers. Find opportunities by calling 866-389-5649 or going to aarp.org/volunteering or to aarp.org/createthegood. Reach out to offer or get help by visiting aarpcommunityconnections.org.

Go to aarp.org/az for a list of upcoming events.

—James E. Garcia

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