— 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 Florida for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida Manager of State Operations Dionne Polite announced today that Ingrid Collins, an experienced association and business professional with deep roots in Central Florida, is joining AARP’s team of volunteers and staff as Associate State Director for Community Engagement in Central Florida. Collins, 53, has had more than 20 years of experience working with CEOs, executives, and other leaders to support constituents, customers, and members. Her experience includes working within for-profit and non-profit organizations including …

— Older voters are a force in the Sunshine State: Nearly a fifth of Florida’s population is 65 and older, and 2016 exit polls showed half of Floridians who voted were 50 or older. AARP Florida urges members to make their strength known at the polls Nov. 6, when elections will be held for governor and all state executive branch offices, one U.S. senator, 27 U.S. House seats, 20 state senators and all 120 state House seats. As a nonpartisan organization, …

— Jacksonville, Fla. – Every year since 2001, AARP members, volunteers and staff have joined together in a National Day of Service to honor the victims, families and first responders of the 9/11 terror attacks.  On Tuesday, Sept. 11, AARP volunteers and staff will step up again to serve homeless and struggling veterans in Jacksonville. This year, AARP in Jacksonville will be at the Clara White Mission, 613 W. Ashley Street, to assist local veterans who are homeless or struggling. The …

—  The 17th anniversary of the Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon held on August 24 hosted by Signature Grand in Davie, Florida drew more than 900 guests including corporate partners, business leaders, media sponsors and more than 25 elected officials to pay tribute to Latina professionals who are strengthening the social fabric of this country and making inroads in the leadership pipeline for a growingly diverse America.  The highly promoted celebration brought to the forefront the contributions of Hispanic women …

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State President Donna Ginn of Miami has appointed an Orlando community leader, Jerome T. Williams, to a team of AARP Florida volunteer leaders. The AARP Florida Executive Council is a team of volunteers from across the state that exemplifies leadership that supports the execution of AARP priorities statewide. “Jerome brings a wealth of experience to the Executive Council.” Ginn said. “He has worked closely with the Orlando team on our Livable Communities’ initiative and …

— Tampa, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson today announced that a longtime Havana activist who pioneered an effective, innovative program helping Gadsden County families and students improve performance in school has received a new AARP award for outstanding community activists. Winning the award for the Tallahassee and Northwest Florida area was Dr. Shirley Aaron. Dr. Aaron is the founder of the Interactive Community Action Network (I CAN) and I CAN TOO, a family literacy program. These programs enlist …

— This September, The Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism invites AARP members to a historic Gospel Brunch Tour Experience and the cultural immersion tours of South Florida’s Heritage Neighborhoods at special rates exclusive to AARP members. Discover off the beaten path attractions and small businesses in heritage neighborhoods and multicultural communities that provide authentic experiences through the history, people, food, music, dance and art. Tours include a culinary experience such as a food tasting, brunch or lunch of South Florida’s ethnic …

— By Tom Scherberger Sharona Young, a medically retired Navy chief petty officer, is a multi-medalist in two National Veterans Wheelchair Games. But the chance to win more medals is not the main draw for this summer’s event in Orlando. “It’s just a good time—veterans from all over the country together in a friendly competition,” said Young, 36, of Orlando, who retired on a full military disability after developing multiple sclerosis during her service. “Some people may be intimidated when they …