Mary Jane Long of Easton recently received the 2019 AARP Pennsylvania Andrus Award for Community Service -- AARP's most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.
Named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making their communities better in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer.
Mary Jane Long currently serves as AARP’s volunteer leader in the Lehigh Valley, where she directs local volunteers in a wide range of advocacy, community service and education programs. She is also a former President of AARP’s Palmer Township chapter.
In addition to her work with AARP, Mary Jane Long is a vocal advocate for older adults. She is a former chair of the Northampton County Advisory Council on Aging, and previously served on the eight-county Southeastern Regional Advisory Council on Aging.
The lifelong Northampton County resident retired after a 40 year career at St. Luke’s Warren Hospital, and went on to serve as president and fund-raising chairman of the hospital auxiliary. She currently volunteers at the Palmer campus of the Lehigh Valley Health Network.
“This award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” said Joanne Grossi, AARP Pennsylvania Volunteer State President. “Mary Jane Long serves as a true role model and inspiration for so many volunteers throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, making her a particularly worthy recipient of this award.”
AARP's commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to the life and vision of founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. From the beginning, her motto, "To serve, not to be served," has shaped AARP's community service efforts at the national, state and local levels. Andrus Award winners are nominated by their peers and the award recipient is chosen by a special committee of AARP Pennsylvania volunteers and community partners.