— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using their skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? AARP state offices are seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the California Andrus Awards for Community Service nominations is August 1st. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your …

— By Carla Meyer When reading tutor Rosemary Revels asks for volunteers to read aloud, hands shoot up. All three first-graders in Revels’ recent session at North Country Elementary School, in the Sacramento suburb of Antelope, look eager to go first. “They are jumping to read first now because they know they are going to get a high five from Miss Rosemary,” said Revels, a tutor with AARP Foundation Experience Corps, referring to herself. The high fives come only after the …

— It’s tax season once again. Taxes are complicated, especially if you’re planning for retirement or considering life changes.  Luckily, AARP Foundation’s team of IRS-certified volunteers is here to help. They’ve been doing it for 50 years and have served more than 50 million taxpayers! First established in 1968 with four volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a free tax preparation program targeted at the low to middle-income 50-plus community.  However, the program is open to all ages and taxpayers do not …

— Diagnosed with dementia and without a job, volunteering for the issues and people she cares about the most has kept Jackie Coleman happier than ever before. Shortly after Coleman lost her dream job as a disability rights lawyer due to her diagnosis, she decided to become an AARP member and soon after that a volunteer with the AARP California Capitol Response Team, “where I make sure that we get approved the right laws that benefit those who are 50 years …

— Anita McInnis, First Quarter, 2017 Fraud Watch Network’s Fraud Fighter Anita McInnis, from Bellflower in Los Angeles, became an AARP member 18 years ago “I just knew this was a good organization and joining it would be a good thing for me at this new stage of my life.” Anita was then 55 years old. She decided to become a volunteer when she got a postcard asking her if she wanted to protect her healthcare. “That’s when I became involved …

— This Thanksgiving AARP in California took part in a special dinner and expression of gratitude to one Orange County resident who has gone above and beyond for our community. We honored Bridget Blehm, founder of For Families of Active Military (FFAM), with the Andrus Award, AARP’s most prestigious volunteer distinction. Ms. Blehm was recognized for her organization’s annual Thanksgiving dinner that provides local Southern California troops with a place to gather on the holiday. Blehm, who also serves as FFMA’s executive …

— Español AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Soon approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. A …

— AARP in San Diego kicked off the summer with Asian Festival Day at the San Diego County Fair on June 3, 2017. At the festival, enthusiastic volunteers manned an AARP table and shared AARP Bayanihan booklets with guests. The day-long celebration of Asian culture also included a flower show, live performances, food and more. On June 10, 2017, AARP California participated in the 16th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration at Oceanside Civic Center Plaza and Library. AARP volunteers shared information with …

— Did you know that only 31% of 4th graders in this country are able to read at a proficient level? Research shows that children who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. But YOU can help to change this by volunteering with AARP Experience Corps, an award-winning program that places people over the age 50 in the classroom with students in kindergarten through third grade to help …

— By Rita Beamish Lydia Sussman knew she wanted to volunteer in retirement, preferably in a role taking advantage of her specific skills. She had been a teacher for 33 years in Los Angeles public school programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. That made her a good fit for Jumpstart, a nonprofit that helps provide underserved youngsters with language, literacy and developmental skills to get ready for kindergarten. She was tapped to mentor the “grandparent” volunteers who teach the Jumpstart curriculum …