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

— AARP Illinois is seeking advocacy volunteers in every state Senate and House district. Volunteers make sure elected officials in their home districts are aware of issues that matter to older people. The work can be performed in 10 to 15 hours a month or less. To learn more, email Ellen Acevedo at Eacevedo@aarp.org or call 312-458-3636.

— Join AARP Illinois to advocate for what is important to our members and community members. We’re seeking volunteers to lead the charge in your house district. It’s critical for your representatives to hear directly from people like you. The time commitment is minimal and this is a great opportunity to make a difference across Illinois. If you want to make your voice heard by becoming an AARP In-District Volunteer, please contact Ellen Acevedo at eacevedo [at] aarp [dot] org.

— Join AARP IL  to advocate for what is important to our members.  You can do this by reaching your legislators in their home districts. The time commitment is minimal and this is a great opportunity to meet new people!  “AARP believes that volunteer service is a unique and valuable contribution which benefits both the volunteer and society…” Position Function The In District Liaison will work closely with staff partner(s) to engage State Representatives and State Senators in each of their …

— 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 …

— Interested in giving back to your community and having fun?  Volunteer with AARP Driver Safety which helps older drivers stay safe on the road.* Sign up today to be an Instructor for our AARP Smart Driver™ classroom course: Training is easy and resources are 100% provided No special skills or AARP membership required Be a part of a local Driver Safety community of dedicated volunteer Be a part of a local Driver Safety community of dedicated volunteers Become a volunteer …

— AARP IL is looking for Volunteer Tech Trainer to assist staff and other volunteers to provide training support. Volunteer trainers would lead tech training, webinars, and workshops in group settings. Additionally, the Volunteer Tech role identifies promising practices for volunteer training support and helps increase awareness of the feature and benefits of technology in the AARP community. To volunteer please contact Ellen Acevedo @ eacevedo@aarp.org or call 1-312-458-3626  

—   AARP IL is looking for Volunteer Tech Trainer to assist staff and other volunteers to provide training support. Volunteer trainers would lead tech training, webinars, and workshops in group settings. Additionally, the Volunteer Tech role identifies promising practices for volunteer training support and helps increase awareness of the feature and benefits of technology in the AARP community.     To volunteer please contact Ellen Acevedo @ eacevedo@aarp.org or call 1-312-458-3626  

— By Kelly Ganski At 59, Rosanna Márquez of Chicago has the same concerns as other 50-plus voters. As the AARP Illinois president, Márquez is in a unique position to hear from older residents about issues important to them. Turns out they’re the same issues she’s passionate about: taxation of retirement income, home- and community-based services and, mainly, the Illinois fiscal crisis. “I’ve heard a lot of seniors say, ‘We’re so concerned, and we’re so frustrated, and we’re fairly scared about …

— 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 …

— 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 …