— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams When Deborah Brigell first heard about the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project last year, she had already begun scaling back her medical practice and was trying to find a way to give back. “I was really looking for meaningful volunteer work where I could use my skills as an endocrinologist and specialist, and this seemed like a perfect opportunity,” said Brigell, 61, who is based in Boston. “I was intrigued by the MAVEN Project …

— Destino “Seed for Change” 2018 celebrates its Eighth Year! Doral, Fla. – On Saturday, April 14, 2018 hundreds will gather at Miami-Dade College North Campus for the DESTINO Leadership Academy where they will learn skills and obtain resources that will pay great dividends for themselves and their communities. Now in its eighth year, DESTINO teaches its students the necessary skills to be effective communicators, successful entrepreneurs and all-around leaders who can bring about positive social change in their communities. The …

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— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Tina Caston says she aspires to be a “conduit for information” and an “ambassador for making sure people are taken care of.” The 62-year-old retired Navy lieutenant commander, who lives on a naval base in Jacksonville, works as an AARP volunteer to connect veterans to the local services they need. She also spreads the word about upcoming AARP and AARP-sponsored events, from caregiver workshops to the city’s annual jazz festival. She can often be found wearing …

— St. Petersburg, Fla. — For 50 years, tens of thousands of AARP Foundation volunteers nationwide and nearly 3,000 from across Florida have made older taxpayers a great offer: They’ll help you prepare your annual federal income tax returns – and they’ll do it for free. Starting Feb. 1 through April 17, AARP Foundation will do it again. AARP Foundation volunteers will provide free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax …

— Do you aspire to be a leader in your community, your workplace and beyond? Then join AARP and Miami Dade College, Oct. 28 at Destino 2017, a free, one-day personal development conference that helps you achieve your leadership goals and help your community toward a better tomorrow! The 8th Annual Destino Leadership Academy, “Seed for Change”, will attract over 400 professionals, community leaders and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to provide them with practical tools, leadership development and learning …

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— In the short span of just three weeks, AARP Florida volunteers’ combined efforts helped defeat a plan in the U.S. Congress that would have weakened Medicare and cost older Americans thousands more every year, AARP’s Florida state director, Jeff Johnson, said. Since the introduction of the American Health Care Act, AARP Florida volunteers made phone calls, wrote letters, utilized social media and made videos to let congressional leaders know that they won’t be taken advantage of, said Johnson. “You stood …

— Team up with the Miami Dolphins and AARP Foundation for the 4th Annual Million Meal Pack. All packaged meals will be delivered primarily to older adults in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Together we can improve the quality of life for South Floridians! Volunteers will enjoy music, football activities, a chance to win prizes and will receive a free t-shirt. Various volunteer shifts are available for all ages. The Rick Case Arena at Nova Southeastern University 3301 College Ave. …