AARP Delaware is pleased to announce that Carolyn Corrigan of Dagsboro has been selected to receive the 2020 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious state volunteer award. She is being honored for her outstanding volunteerism and commitment to the community. The AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service is an annual awards program developed to honor individuals whose service is a unique and valuable contribution to society. The award is named for AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work years after she founded this association to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose.
As the lead volunteer for the Bethany Beach Farmers Market, Ms. Corrigan kept the market active during COVID-19 with her supportive nature and her dedication to keeping volunteers safe with masks, social distancing, and shorter shifts. She has earned the respect of her fellow volunteers for her firm, yet kind, demeanor when managing the group of volunteers.
“Back in March, our team learned Zoom and starting meeting to figure out how we could make the market happen,” said Ms. Corrigan. “Everyone agreed it would be a safe way for the community to purchase locally-made products and fresh produce while being outside.”
Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve their community, and inspire others to volunteer.
“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says George Meldrum, AARP Delaware State President, and last year’s Andrus winner. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”