— Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month each May is a time to celebrate, reflect on and pay homage to the many generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who contributed their talents to America’s history. AARP IL is committed to being part of the community helps people turn goals and dreams into real possibilities.

— By Lisa Bertagnoli Robert Anderson was barely retired when an Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brother asked him to volunteer for Experience Corps, the AARP Foundation program that trains and places tutors in Chicago public schools. “There was a little bit of tugging on the heartstrings,” said Anderson, 69, a former educator who lives in the Roseland neighborhood. “He said, ‘Bob, you’ve done this with youngsters. You know how to do it.’ ” Anderson had planned a retirement filled with golf and …

— Imagine this: AARP volunteers are asked to turn out for a three-mile hike – on Sunday – in fact, on Mother’s Day.  And after it’s over, they’re thanking AARP for the opportunity.  That had to have been a fun event. That’s what happened when 38 AARP Illinois members, decked out in pink AARP T-shirts, led a breast-cancer awareness and fundraising walk in Chicago’s historic Beverly neighborhood on May 13. Volunteers distributed 1,000 AARP-branded cups of coffee and 1,000 AARP drawstring …

—   Join AARP Chicago on Wednesday, April 25th for A Global Look at Challenges Facing Black Chicago.  This event will take place at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall located at 1212 East 59th with doors opening at 5:45 pm; the show time is 6:30pm – 8pm. In commemoration of the historic events that occurred in 1968, our panel will analyze methods of resistance used among oppressed people globally in hopes of identifying actionable solutions to gentrification, racial wealth gaps, pay …

—  Chicago- In February and March, AARP Chicago, AARP Experience Corps and AARP’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in collaboration with 13 local churches celebrated 25 Black History Month Heroes. The Heroes were chosen by their churches and were current and retired Chicago Public School educators.   Working in partnership with church leaders who chose the awardees, AARP staff members and volunteers joined in Sunday services for the presentation of a beautifully framed piece of African Art from a local gallery …

— By Kelly Soderlund As a nearly 27-year resident of Springfield, Howard Peters cares about improving it. During his daily three-mile walk along Meadowbrook Road, Peters is able to enjoy what Springfield has to offer. But he also has a front-row view of how the streets could be improved with safer options for pedestrians and bicyclists. “The older population tends to be concerned about the extent to which their community is safe,” said Peters, 72. “Safe not only for them to …

— AARP Illinois, in collaboration with the Chicago Sky and 4th Ward Aldermen Sophia King, Jewel Osco, will be collecting nonperishable food items at Jewel-Osco (443 E 34th St, Chicago, IL 60616) on December 12th (from 4-6pm), December 14th(4-6pm), and December 16th (11am-1pm). On December 16th Sky Guy (mascot) and coaches from the Chicago Sky WNBA team will join us for a special day, where prizes and photos will be distributed. All nonperishable items will be donated to the Chicago Food …

— AARP Illinois is working with the Chicago Sky—the city’s WNBA team—and the Fourth Ward Jewel Osco grocery store in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood to host a food drive, Dec. 11-14. The drive will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “Feeding the hungry is an evergreen effort,” said Simone Moore, AARP interim associate state director. “AARP is committed to helping to close the hunger gap in communities nationwide, and we are doing our part locally.” Jewel Osco, at 443 E. 34th …

— AARP & Elected Officials Meet For Legislative Breakfast On Monday, November 13, AARP Illinois is hosting a legislative breakfast where state and local elected officials will meet with local residents and discuss issues that matter to residents ages 50 and older, and their loved ones, including state revenue, financial security, affordable utilities, and support to family caregivers. WHO:                        AARP Illinois WHAT:                      Lockport Township Legislative Breakfast WHEN:                      Monday, November 13, 2017/9:00am-11am WHERE:                   Prairie Bluff Golf Club, 19433 …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli During the past year, Sami Al Ahmadi has improved his Spanish, polished his people skills, attended engaging events and met interesting people—all as an AARP Illinois volunteer. Al Ahmadi, 21, from Hickory Hills, felt the need to volunteer earlier this year, and a Google search led him to AARP. After a brief orientation, he started devoting five to 10 hours a month to volunteer efforts in Chicago, including working the AARP table at Movies for Grownups and …