The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, and believe in the power of the individual to spark change and improve their communities one act at a time.

2017 AARP Ohio Andrus Award for Community Service Recipient BJ Blanchard

According to Dr. Andrus, “It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live. … The human contribution is the essential ingredient.” Recognition of those whose passion for service – who share their human contribution – is the force behind the Andrus Award. The Ohio recipient will receive a $1,500 award, to be donated to an eligible nonprofit of their choosing.

Thousands of Ohioans contribute their time, talents, skills and abilities to make a positive impact in their communities. If you know one of these inspirational volunteers, please nominate him or her for the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service.

“I encourage you to take a few moments to nominate an exceptional volunteer you know for AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award,” says AARP Ohio State President Randall Baxter.

Submissions will be evaluated by AARP Ohio based on how the volunteer’s work has improved the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission and inspired other volunteers. You can view other eligibility guidelines here.

The application deadline is June 30, 2018 so don’t delay in submitting your nomination for someone whose work you greatly admire!

The Ohio recipient will receive a $1,500 award, to be donated to an eligible nonprofit of their choosing.

The award recipient will be announced in early fall.

Please email Kelley Neal, AARP Ohio Volunteer Engagement Specialist, for further information.