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Stand up for Mainers 50+, become a Recess Regular!

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With Maine being the oldest state in the country, reminding our elected leaders in Washington (we've only got four) and Augusta (we've got 186) that we're paying attention is step one to preserving vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

Each month (except for June), our four elected leaders in Washington are granted a recess, along with the rest of Congress and the U.S. Senate. This includes Senator Susan Collins (R), Senator Angus King (I), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D), and Congressman Jared Golden (D). Unlike what we all had in grade school, Congressional recesses are opportunities for members of Congress to come back home and hear from their constituents, and folks like you and me. AARP Maine's Recess Regulars meet virtually on a regular basis with Maine's elected leaders at both the state and federal levels, along with their hard-working staff.  We are committed to making sure that Maine's 50+ community isn't forgotten or that the issues they're concerned about don't fall by the wayside. 

Now it's time to open the doors (virtually, of course!), bring in more voices, and show our leaders that ALL of us are paying attention. 

Today, we're asking our volunteers, members, and their families to join our Recess Regulars. Click here to become a Recess Regular!  

As a Recess Regular you will:  

  • Be charged with organizing virtual meetings with Congressional offices and their staff during each recess.
  • Join a growing team of volunteers who will organize virtual meetings with members of Congress during their monthly recesses back here in Maine.
  • Be part of team conference calls and email exchanges designed to keep you up to speed on the issue of the moment, why it concerns Mainers 50+, how it impacts older Mainers and their families, and what we're asking  members of Congress to do about it. Our goal is to make sure you have what you need to communicate clearly and effectively at each meeting.
  • Follow up with AARP Maine staff after the Congressional meeting to summarize the meeting and any responses from the member of Congress or their staff.

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