— 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 …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …

— With the 2017 legislative session under way, AARP Illinois is urging lawmakers to pass a fully functional budget that helps older residents continue to live independently in their own homes. Among other issues, the state office is fighting for affordable utility rates and supportive services for family caregivers. AARP Illinois invites members to amplify these efforts by joining its advocacy team. Volunteer training sessions will be scheduled in Chicago and Springfield. Interested? Call Teresa Jones at 217-747-8881 or email her …

—     Please join AARP Experience Corps on Thursday, October 6th for a Volunteer Recruitment  event held at Chicago Public Library’s King Branch located at 3436 S. King Dr. at 1pm.     Learn what one can do to make a lasting difference in the life of a child and help improve reading scores for Chicago Public School student. For more information call 312-660-8655 or email at www.aarp.org/ecchicago  

— Tuesday, September 13th, AARP Chicago held a standing room only Fall Volunteer Recruitment Session at the Chicago Public Library’s Martin Luther King Branch located at 3436 South King Drive. Participants were educated about AARP’s History, Impact in the Community, and how one can contribute to our worthwhile organization. The event included a ‘Speed dating’ segment where various divisions such as Fraud Watch Network, Drivers Safety, Advocacy , and other departments conveyed the features, advantages, and benefits of AARP.   Thank …

— For the past 12 years AARP has diverted from its routine business to conduct a service project in various communities across the United States as a way of demonstrating their support and concern for Americans touched by the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001. What began as an immediate reaction to a horrific event in one community has become an annual tribute to all American communities. Nationally, AARP now designates September 11th as its NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE and …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli For 28 years, Mary Anne Stewart, of Rock Island, has spent a big chunk of her spring doing tax returns. What could easily be a circle of hell for some people is satisfying for Stewart, a retired librarian with an MBA. Her work, as a volunteer and district coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Illinois, “always reminds me that the world is made up of all different types of people, with different problems,” said Stewart, …

—     CHICAGO–AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of tax-loving volunteers. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots leadership, …

— Every year AARP seeks  nominations for the annual Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors one volunteer who has shared their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. This year’s award goes to Robert Ehlert of Des Plaines, Illinois. Robert is the Director and founder of the Salvation Army Jobs Program (Des Plaines, IL Corp.) and spends his time helping individuals, especially military and special needs veterans, find work. Since the program started in 2008, …