North Chelmsford resident Louise Myers is no stranger to volunteering her time and talents for AARP Massachusetts. For the past 22 years, she has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those aged 50 and older. Once again, Myers joins 800 volunteers participating in Life@50+ — AARP’s National Event and Expo to be held May 8 through 10 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
We caught up with Myers at a recent volunteer training and asked what she likes best about volunteering for AARP. “I enjoy meeting people from other states and countries at these events.” This year, there are 10,000 attendees expected and Myers will see many familiar faces among them. “And Boston is my favorite host city for this event because there is so much to do here.”
Myers, an honorary AARP Massachusetts Executive Council member, received the AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service in 2007, and has represented the state office on the Massachusetts Multicultural Coalition on Aging. She is also an active participant in the state office’s social media efforts.
Myers has been actively involved with AARP’s Life@50+ events since 1996 and has attended more than 10 events in the past 18 years, many of them Life@50+ events, including one in Anaheim, California. “Once you attend the first one, you will be hooked,” Myers said. “I really enjoy the educational sessions and the entertainment , too. I learn something new every time.” Volunteers like Myers perform a wide variety of activities ranging from distributing event information to helping attendees navigate the event and seating guests at concerts.
With AARP’s variety of volunteer programs and opportunities, you can easily find one that is right for you. During National Volunteer Week—and anytime thereafter—make service magic happen with opportunities that match your interests, skills and schedule. Find the perfect fit with our AARP Massachusetts volunteer opportunities.
Life@50+ │AARP’s National Event & Expo is a unique expo and entertainment weekend, one of the largest public events to take place at the convention center on Boston’s scenic waterfront. AARP’s national event will give attendees access to some of today’s most renowned celebrities including lifestyle, health, sports, travel and financial experts. Some key faces include Laura Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, The Moody Blues *, The Spinners*, and Mary Wilson*.
Admission to Life@50+ for AARP members is $25 and $35 for non-members (includes a one-year AARP membership). The entry fee includes access to the Exhibit Floor and workshops/sessions for all three days. Online registration, additional information on Life@50+, as well as the complete schedule can all be found at www.aarp.org/events. Register by phone at 1-800-650-6839.
(*The Moody Blues concert on Saturday evening, and the Life@50+ Dance Party on Friday night with The Spinners* and Mary Wilson*, are ticketed events at an additional cost).
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.