by Nancy A. LeaMond
Every month, I learn about a new holiday or commemorative date to raise awareness. From the sublime to the ridiculous, there are 30 such commemorations in April, including Vitamin C Day and Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. While there’s a lot to celebrate about taking your vitamins — and taking business casual to the next level — there is one event in particular this month that I believe deserves our attention and support.
This week marks National Volunteer Week — our annual opportunity to recognize, celebrate and fete the millions of volunteers across the country who make life better for all Americans. At AARP, we are fortunate to have a large cadre of folks who give their time and energy to help us advance our social mission.
Volunteers like Myrtle Habersham, who lends her expertise to make Macon-Bibb County, Ga., a more age-friendly place to live. Or Randee Bloom, a passionate “retired” nurse who connects organizations with skilled nursing volunteers through the Create the Good matching site. People like Suzan Turley, who protects fellow Oregonians from scams and fraud. And I would be remiss not to mention Bob (Hoff) Hoffman, a retired AARP colleague who volunteers as a board member of a neighborhood “village,” designed to help neighbors age in place.