September 28, 2017
Dear AARP MN Volunteers:
After the horrific scenes in mid-August coming out of Charlottesville, VA, AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent out the following message reminding us all of who we are as an organization and encouraging us to “call out and oppose discrimination wherever and whenever we see it.” It was an important reminder of our obligations to our members, to all that we come in contact with, and to each other as AARP staff and volunteers.
More than a month removed from Charlottesville, we wanted to take the opportunity to share again with all of you Jo Ann’s words and her encouragements.
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Furthermore, we wanted to reaffirm the commitments and expectations we place in and have for each other as AARP staff and volunteers. These are the same commitments and expectations we hold in every interactions with the public on behalf of AARP.
Among other things, as an AARP volunteer, you can expect equal opportunity and consideration throughout recruitment, appointment, training, and service. Similarly, AARP expects you to accord all others respect, equal opportunity, and fair treatment.
Commitment to Diversity - Diversity is the collective differences and similarities of our members, volunteers, employees and business partners. AARP volunteers and staff will demonstrate their commitment to attracting, developing, and sustaining a diverse volunteer force at all levels of the association.
Freedom from Discrimination - All AARP volunteers will receive equal opportunity and treatment throughout recruitment, appointment, training, and service. There will be no discrimination based on age, economic status, sex, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental abilities, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.
Freedom from Harassment - Harassment or abuse, including sexual harassment (verbal, nonverbal or physical), is a form of discrimination and will not be tolerated.
Finally, you should know that multicultural 50+ Americans – including Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black, Asian American & Pacific Islander, Native Americans, and LGBTQ – are a priority for AARP nationally and in MN. The face of 50+ America is transforming, and AARP must align to serve multicultural 50+ Americans. This is not only the right thing to do; it is a strategic imperative for our organization. Together, we will work to purposefully incorporate multicultural audiences into the design, work and communication of everything we do.
We look forward to a continued partnership with you as we work to empower people to choose how they live as they age. Thanks for all you do.
Will Phillips Kate Schaefers
State Director Volunteer State President
AARP MN AARP MN