2018 Andrus Award winner, Ed Wright, with Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2018

Contact: Jane Margesson

AARP Maine Communictions Director

jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628

 

AARP Maine Announces Winner of Annual Andrus Award for

Community Service

Honor Goes to Hunger Prevention Activist Edwin Wright of Bridgeton

PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today that Bridgeton resident, Edwin “Ed” Wright, is the winner of the 2018 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives of others, and it is the most prestigious and visible award AARP can present to an individual.

Mr. Wright’s extraordinary public service actively embodies Dr. Andrus’ motto “To Serve, Not To be Served.” Mr. Wright currently works with the Stevens Brook Elementary School on their backpack food program which provides needed food to school children who otherwise would not have adequate access to food during school breaks and weekends.

According to Elizabeth Shane, Academic Leader of the school, “Mr. Wright is the epitome of community service at the local level. He tries to pack food that children can prepare themselves in case an adult is not present to help. He is determined to feed those in need and does not stop even if it comes at a cost to himself.  He is selfless.”

Of particular note is how Mr. Wright’s volunteerism has inspired others to participate.  A local grocery store, for example, upon hearing about the program offered to provide nonperishable food items at cost. A local doctor’s office and the school’s PTA both contribute to the fund that supports the backpack program.  As Ms. Shane says, “What a role model he is for his grandson who attends our school!”

AARP Maine staff, volunteers and local members celebrated Mr. Wright in grand style yesterday in Hallowell at Maple Hill Farm during the annual volunteer recognition celebration with Ms. Shane in attendance.

Rich Livingston, current AARP Maine Volunteer State President, stated “The AARP Maine Andrus Award acts as a symbol to our members and to the public that we can all work together for positive social change. We are deeply proud to be presenting this year’s award to Ed Wright whose record of achievement, service and commitment provides an excellent example of one person making a significant difference in the lives of others.”

AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors and the programs they serve. We welcome new volunteers to serve in a variety of roles with AARP Maine and hope you will take a look at our website, or call our office at 1-866-554-5380 if you would like to join our volunteer team.

 

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