— WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

— Love working with numbers and helping fellow Iowans? AARP Iowa’s Tax-Aide volunteers are looking to add to their statewide team of tax-aide volunteer tax preparers. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income supported by the AARP Foundation. The Iowa program has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay involved and keep their brains sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop …

— Here at AARP, we know that you have a lifetime of experience to offer. If you are looking for a way to share it, we can help. As an AARP volunteer within the Hoosier State you will be front and center in helping to achieve meaningful and impactful change at a local, state, and federal level while having fun along the way! Whether your interests lie in fighting fraud and scams, supporting family caregivers, making your community more safe and …

— By Danica Lucker Alan Romero never forgot the impact AARP volunteers had on his parents when they were living in McAllen, Texas, in the late 1970s. They needed help making financial decisions and had nowhere to turn. “Living in what was then a small town and a Latino community in South Texas, they didn’t have any qualified resources to help them,” Romero explained. “AARP was really their only resource. AARP’s services were so beneficial.” The experience inspired Romero, 50, who …

— Hunger persists long after the holiday spirit of giving winds down. That’s why AARP Maryland sponsors Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry, an annual drive to replenish local food pantries. Nearly 1 in 5 low-income residents 60 and older struggle with hunger, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. Older people who don’t know where they will get their next meal are five times more likely than their food-secure peers to suffer from depression. They also are more susceptible to extended hospital …

— It’s a new year, and the AARP West Virginia Capital Advocacy Team is ready to spring into action when the legislature convenes Jan. 10. AARP staff and volunteers will meet with lawmakers throughout the session to discuss legislation that affects caregiving, financial security, broadband access, and funding for home and community-based services. In addition, AARP is working with health care providers to ensure smooth transitions from hospital to home for patients and their family caregivers under a state law enacted …

— AARP New Hampshire is accepting applications for the 2018 class of its Senior Leadership Program. The goal of the eight-month program is to train state residents age 50-plus as leaders who will advocate on behalf of their peers. Twenty-five participants will be selected, based on their motivation to become active in policymaking and systems change. They will be required to attend five meetings in Concord, Manchester, Plymouth and Lebanon between April and November. All expenses for lodging, meals and materials …

— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— Wisdom may come with age, but that doesn’t mean older people don’t fall victim to scams. AARP Arkansas offers Fraud Watch Network presentations to help people learn how to spot and avoid the latest schemes. Topics include identity theft, cybersecurity, medical scams and investment fraud. Arkansans reported 17,818 complaints of fraud and identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in 2016, with debt collection ruses leading the list. Scammers often target older people because they are likely to have a …

— By Drew Jubera Three years ago, Kay Argroves, a nurse anesthetist, read a story about advocacy volunteers for AARP Georgia. It intrigued her. Argroves had always been interested in the political process, and this looked like a way to become more involved. “I vote every chance I get,” said the Madison resident. “But voting can only go so far.” So Argroves contacted the AARP state office, attended training for volunteers and found herself under the Gold Dome, navigating a maze …