Your Time Makes a World of Difference!
The week of April 13th is National Volunteer Week and at AARP Maine, we are grateful and honored to work with extraordinary volunteers every year. The work of these dedicated individuals propels AARP’s mission “to serve, not to be served.” This phrase was coined by our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, more than 50 years ago and it is certainly still true today.
As State Director, I am privileged to work side-by-side with many of our volunteers in Maine. Together, we give speeches, testify at the state house on issues of importance to our members, meet with members of Congress and the state legislature, engage with members of the media and community leaders, participate in planning activities at the AARP Maine State Office, train other volunteers and, along with the state office staff, help direct many of our campaigns. I know firsthand that it is the incredible hard work and dedication of every one of our volunteers that makes it possible for AARP to accomplish all that it does on behalf of the 230,000 members we serve in Maine.
I would like to point out a few highlights of achievement from the last few months. First of all, you may have taken an AARP Driver Safety course which is administered through AARP Foundation. You may not have known this, but the program is taught and managed entirely by volunteers here in Maine and across the nation! Did you file your state and federal income taxes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in 2015? Those returns, more than 22,000 each year in Maine, are filed by hundreds of IRS-trained volunteers for free.
Additionally, some of our volunteers are reaching out to AARP members throughout Maine urging them to contact their legislators on issues that affect our most at-risk residents. This includes our work to stop the proposed cuts to the Medicare Savings and Drugs for the Elderly programs which help tens of thousands of vulnerable Mainers with prescription drug and health care costs. If you haven't done so already, please sign our petition.
These are just some of the many ways our volunteers help us make a difference throughout Maine. If you are looking for ways to volunteer in your own community, give us a call!
If you already volunteer with AARP, we thank you wholeheartedly for your hard work and commitment to the issues we address in the state and on the national level. In whatever way you choose to help others, you are making a difference and we applaud your passion.
AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams. We were founded in 1958 because one person, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, believed she could help others. Today, AARP has nearly 38 million members nationwide. One person really can make a difference.
I look forward to our continued work together.
AARP Maine State Director