Do you have a passion for civic engagement? Election season may be over, but you can still make a big difference by joining AARP Arizona as a volunteer legislative activist, working on issues important to people 50 and older.

In this critical role, you will meet with lawmakers at the Statehouse to discuss AARP Arizona legislative priorities, such as greater support for family caregivers, passing the Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit and providing more services for older Arizonans so they can remain in their homes longer.

Political know-how isn’t necessary, as AARP Arizona provides volunteers with a three-hour training session; the first one will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., at the Phoenix office, 7250 N. 16th St., Suite 302.

Future legislative activists will learn the details of key issues and be taught how to effectively communicate with legislators. They will then join experienced advocates on visits to lawmakers.

What does it take to do well in this role? “Be committed, be comfortable meeting people you don’t know, be patient, and carry a rabbit’s foot,” said Steve Jennings, AARP Arizona advocacy director.

To learn more about becoming a legislative activist, email Brendon Blake at bblake@aarp.org or call 602-262-5178.

—Kim Ferraro