— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger California for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

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— By Roy Pankey “AARP California values the partnership we have with volunteers who take what they know and share it with their community,” said Antoine Cook, Associate State Director for Community. “Leigh is one of those individuals who has really spread the word about all the caregiving resources available through AARP. She is a true Caregiving Champion.” Broadway was nominated for the award by Cook and Nina Weiler, leads of the caregiving campaign, for her volunteer work and for conducting …

— By Laura Mecoy Diana Love is retired, but you wouldn’t know it. She has numerous meetings and out-of-town trips booked at any given time. She’s also started her own nonprofit and serves in leadership positions on local commissions. Yet Love, 66, of Palmdale, has found time this election year to educate voters age 50 and older about issues important to them and where the candidates stand on those issues. A former state legislative staff member, Love said 50-plus voters are …

— por Laura Mecoy Diana Love está jubilada, pero no tendrías manera de darte cuenta. Tiene reuniones y viajes fuera de la ciudad reservados en todo momento. También comenzó su propia organización sin fines de lucro y tiene puestos de liderazgo en varias comisiones locales. Pero Love, de 66 años, de Palmdale, California, ha encontrado tiempo este año electoral para educar a los votantes mayores de 50 años acerca de los asuntos de importancia para ellos y sobre la postura de los …

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— Español   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation serviceCalifornia– AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and …

— 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 …