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Nominations Open for TN Volunteers to win Andrus Award & $2,500 for Charity

2012 AARP TN Andrus Award winner Jan Kirk Wright
2012 AARP TN Andrus Award winner Jan Kirk Wright (l) at one of the first homes that her charity, People Helping People Together, helped fix up.

Is someone in your Tennessee community doing amazing volunteer work? Are you?

Nominations for the 2013 AARP Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service are now being accepted. The Tennessee winner earns $2,500 for the charity of his or her choice!

The award honors AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work more than 50 years after she founded this association to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose.

Nominations are open until June 1 for any Tennessean age 50 or older – not just AARP members or volunteers.

The screening of nominees is performed by AARP Tennessee volunteer leaders, who will consider whether they have had a positive impact on the lives of individuals age 50 or older and serve as an inspiration to others to volunteer, as well as the level of improvement of the community in or for which the work was performed.  The award recipient will be announced on or around September 1st.

Last year, the award went to Jan Kirk Wright, who founded a charity called People Helping People Together, which has helped restore neighborhoods and lives in Columbia.

2012 AARP TN Award Winner Jan Kirk Wright
Jan won the award for her efforts to restore homes in a dilapidated neighborhood of Columbia through the charity she founded, People Helping People Together. Jan, holding the trophy, is pictured with AARP TN staff and volunteers.

AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

•          Age 50 years or older.

•           The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay.

•           The achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must reflect AARP’s vision and mission.

•           Couples or partners who perform service together are also eligible; however, teams are not.

The nomination form is accessible by clicking   here


AARP Andrus Award FAQs:

Q: Who can submit nominations?

A: Nominations for the 2013 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service may be submitted by AARP members, volunteers, and chapter or unit members. Nominations also may be submitted by external organizations or groups and by members of the public at large. AARP staff and selection committee members may not submit nominations.


Q: What are the selection criteria?

A: Selection of 2013 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recipients will be based on answers submitted to the following questions:


Please describe the volunteer work that inspired you to nominate this individual for the award.

How has the nominee's work supported AARP's vision and mission?

How has the work of the nominee improved the community or enhanced the lives of its residents for which/whom the word was performed?

What is inspiring, courageous, unusual or innovative about the nominee's achievement?

How has the nominee's work impacted other volunteers or inspired others to volunteer?


Q: What is AARP's vision?

A: A society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams.


Q: What is AARP's mission?

A: AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.


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