— AARP Chapters across the state of Maryland are all vital parts of their community and take time to give back. We’re proud to see the hard work they accomplish each and every year. As 2017 comes to an end we’d like to shine a spotlight on one chapter that has really gone above and beyond to volunteer in their community: Suitland Maryland Chapter 939. In addition to volunteering with the AARP Maryland state office throughout the year, the Suitland chapter sponsors …

— By Michelle R. Davis During his career as a journalist, Jim Gutman had to keep his opinions to himself. As the vice president and managing editor at a health care news publishing company, he needed to remain objective, staying outside the fray of politics. But when he retired in 2016, he could move from observer to participant. Gutman said he had long admired AARP, after watching the group’s lobbying efforts concerning Medicare Part D. “Once I retired, I wanted to …

— As AARP Maryland’s current State President, Clarence “Tiger” Davis, completes his final term, AARP is thankful for everything he has done. “Tiger Davis brought a lifetime of grassroots activism and public service to AARP in Maryland six years ago when he became our State President,” said AARP Maryland’s State Director, Hank Greenberg. “He has been a great leader, partner and mentor to me during that time, and I credit him with opening doors for AARP in communities throughout Maryland, raising …

— BALTIMORE (October 10, 2018) – Jasmin Marie Duckett of Baltimore has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the  2017 AARP Maryland Andrus Award for Community Service—the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Maryland selected Duckett for her remarkable service, including her tireless work on a series of improvements that together help to make her West Baltimore neighborhood a safer and more comfortable place to live— especially …

— If someone with more professional experience offered you guidance early in your career, here’s a chance to pay it forward. AARP Maryland has teamed up with Associated Black Charities (ABC) to recruit mentors for its Volunteer Career Mentor program. The volunteers help low-income workers of color identify their strengths, improve performance and set career goals. Want to help? Contact Bernard K. Sims of ABC at 410-659-0000, extension 1712, or bsims@abc-md.org. For more information, go to abc-md.org.

—   Updated July 2017: In addition to several volunteer Executive Council positions that are open, AARP Maryland is also seeking a new volunteer State President who would start in 2018! Learn more and apply below (if interested in the State President position, please mention in your application). AARP Maryland is looking for leaders who want to bring their commitment and talents to making a real difference in the lives of people 50+ in Maryland – to help shape goals and …

— Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Awards honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Andrus Awards. All nominations must be submitted by June 2nd, 2017. Take some time and nominate a volunteer in your community. Click here for additional information.

AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.

—   Updated May 22 2017: The Spring Food Drive for 2017 is now over, and was a huge success! 30 stores across the state participated, with volunteer and food donors giving their all for this important cause. Read our special wrap-up blog for final drive numbers and to find photos from the various stores and volunteers. Thank you to all who helped in 2017! If you would like to be on the Harvest for the Hungry event planning team for 2018, …

— By Thomas Ferraro When state Del. C.T. Wilson, an ex-combat soldier, welcomed more than two dozen fellow veterans to the state capital recently, he urged them to step up, speak out and be heard. “It is not enough to allow our elected officials to wave their flag of veterans support every four years,” said Wilson (D-Bryans Road). “Let them know that they will be held accountable for their actions and support—or lack thereof.” Wilson’s message, delivered in an open letter …

— Is there information about AARP issues and events that you’d like to share with others? AARP Maryland is making that easier with the April 1 launch of its Social Squad, a team of social media ambassadors who will share AARP news and information via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and other platforms. The effort is powered by SocialToaster, a fan engagement platform. Marylanders can receive valuable content from AARP and send it with a single click to their friends, families …