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AARP Massachusetts Recognizes George Smith of New Bedford as 2020 Andrus Award recipient


George Smith has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2020 AARP Massachusetts Andrus Award for Community Service -- the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.

AARP Massachusetts selected Smith for his remarkable service and his extraordinary commitment to improving the lives of others throughout the Commonwealth. His efforts have greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Known for his incredible energy and warm personality, this life‐long resident of New Bedford has made a tremendous difference in the lives of New Bedford’s citizens, the elderly and the disabled, by setting a sterling example of what retirement can look like by devoting his time and energy to volunteering in the community.

Smith volunteers for the New Bedford Age-Friendly Steering Committee, MA Senior Action Council, and Coastline Elderly Services, among many others.  The award will be formally presented to Smith on a future date.

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

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.

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