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Wendell Alfred is our 2022 Andrus Awardee for Volunteer Service

Wendell Alfred has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2021 AARP Delaware Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious award for community service. 

AARP Delaware selected Mr. Alfred for his remarkable service, which has greatly benefited his community, reflected AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.

“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says Lucretia Young, AARP Delaware State Director. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

Since moving to Lewes more than 20 years ago, Mr. Alfred has dedicated much of his life to helping others. “My life goal is to keep helping people,” he said. He actively volunteers with AARP as an “AARP Fraud Fighter” and represents AARP on a Caregiving workgroup called the Aging in Place Subcommittee, formed by the State of Delaware. In 2019, he attended AARP’s Livable Communities Rural Workshop Conference in Portland, Maine, where he presented on preparing for extreme weather and disasters. He is dedicated to communicating with older Delawareans, to ensure they have the information they need to stay healthy and safe.

Alfred served on the Lewes Board of Public Works, for a time as President. He was honored for his service as the BPW’s water production plant (near Cape Henlopen High School) was named in his honor. His lifetime focus on public safety is demonstrated in his 40-year career in the insurance industry, and his work as a police officer.  

Alfred grew up in Covington, Va. He earned an associate’s degree from Northern Virginia Community College. Wendell Alfred has been with his partner, Mike, for 40 years.

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