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AARP Kansas Recognizes Topeka Woman for her Dedication and Commitment to Community Service with its Most Prestigious Volunteer Award

Norma Avery
Norma Avery - 2023 Andrus Award Winner

Norma Avery, Topeka, has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2023 AARP Kansas Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.

AARP Kansas selected Avery for her remarkable service, which has greatly benefited her community, reflected AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.

 Avery is the founder of the Topeka Juneteenth celebration that began in 2013 and continues to be involved with the annual event which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Avery is also a member of the AARP Kansas Diversity Council, serves on the board of Topeka’s Community Action, Inc., is a foster grandparent, is a member of the Greater Topeka Partnership, and is actively involved in her church, St. John AME.

 “This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” says Glenda DuBoise, AARP Kansas 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.”

 “I was surprised and very honored to receive this award,” said Avery. As the 2023 Andrus Award winner in Kansas, Avery was asked to choose a charity to receive a $2,500 donation from AARP in recognition of her honor. She selected the Topeka Family and Friends Juneteenth Celebration in Topeka to receive the donation.

Check presentation for Andrus Award

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

Other Kansans nominated for the Andrus Award in 2023 were Robert Backes, Pittsburg; Harley Foos, Wichita; John Hislop, Wichita; Glenn Jones, Wichita; Charles Maack, Wichita; and Barb NcNeile, Overland Park.



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